Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Steve's right. Notice how the white is muddy? That's from a glaze being applied over the top of the white.
If they're looking for a cleaner look, the process you mentioned above would work. Here's a pic of some doors I had to match up to in a kitchen that are similar to what you're describing. To match these doors, I applied a base color stain, clear vinyl sealer, then top coated with an off white conversion varnish. After two coats, I went through and broke all the edges down to the sealer so the darker color was showing. It should be clear coated at this point but the rest of their kitchen wasn't so I didn't either to match.