The cabinets are completed...
Read why I did it and see a "before" tour.
I'm thrilled with how they turned out!
Here's how I did it....
Removed doors, hinges and drawers...
That's Ace supervising
I labeled the doors...just because... probably not necessary with only four doors
Taped off the wall and counter top...
Then lightly sanded everything with a sanding block.
I also wiped everything down using a sponge and a little soapy
water with Dawn dishwashing soap to remove any remaining
grease or residue. Wiped clean and dried.
Then we get to the fun part...gel stain!
You brush it on with a foam brush, a roller or even a cloth.
And yay me, I remembered to wear gloves this time.
I'm actually using the rest of the quart I bought for that previous project.
You don't have to use a lot of it so it lasts.
The brand is General Finishes and although the photo shows Antique Walnut,
the color I used is"Java"...yum.
They have a link on their site where you can see if it is available in your area.
I ordered mine online
After you apply it with a brush or roller, you immediately wipe off with a soft cloth.
I don't have a picture of the wiping part because I was, um, wiping.
I wipe once then leave it, you can always touch up later.
If you mess up, you can quickly go back over with more gel stain, then RE-wipe.
The thing to remember when using gel stain like this is that you aren't really "staining".
This is more of a topcoat application where you are basically using it to change the color.
You control how dark you want the finish by how much you wipe off since again,
it's not like the traditional way you think of staining.
Other reasons I'm loving gel stain is ...
#1...it's really easy to work with since it's so thick, like the consistency of pudding.
#2...You can still see the grain of the wood. You can lose that look sometimes when you use paint.
I left them to dry in my air conditioned garage and they were dry to the touch after about 6 hours.
I ended up leaving them overnight since it was late and applied 2 coats of
Minwax Satin Polycrylic with a foam brush the next morning.
After drying, I reassembled everything and put on my new knobs
I found at Hobby Lobby.
They are some kind of bone, or maybe resin, but I love 'em.
So yeah... Did I mention I'm loving my cabinets?
That's it until next time...thanks for being here!
or visit my Etsy store to check out the new items.