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We had a small kitchen fire, which licked the cabinet door, creating small bubbles in the stain. I sanded the stain off, purchased a close-enough stain, and did this.

Cabinet Door Repair

The question is, how to make both parts blend smoother?

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Did you sand and stain the entire door, or just part of it? – longneck Nov 12 '13 at 14:15
@longneck The whole door was factory-stained. I sanded and stained the bottom portion, which is a different color/shade. – Joe Z Nov 12 '13 at 14:30
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You would (unfortunately) have to sand and stain the whole thing. Stain color is very dependent on a whole bunch of varied factors, and so the final color is always a bit of a guess. In your case, you could reapply stain to the areas you indicated, since they seem to be lighter in shade. Reapplying will darken the color and maybe get it "close enough". Also sand back away from the stained area, but not all the way to bare wood. Just lighten it in a gradient towards the original stained color. Then apply your stain in a similar gradient to get it to blend. That won't perfectly match the color, but it would fade in and hopefully be not-very-noticeable. Exact matching, however, is near impossible unless you sand the whole thing.

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OK, Thanks @Andrew – Joe Z Nov 13 '13 at 19:32

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