The cabinets are completed...
Read why I did it and see a "before" tour HERE.
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.
You can read about my last gel stain adventure HERE.
I'm actually using the rest of the quart I bought for
that previous project...it lasts a long time because you don't have to use a whole lot of it.
The brand is General Finishes, 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...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 REALLY staining.
Of course it does stain/color the wood some but not like the traditional way you think of stain.
Other reasons I'm loving gel stain is ...
#1...it's REALLY easy to work with, it's 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.
They dried smooth and tacky free, basically picture perfect you could say....just like they are supposed to....
drying torture/agony dilemma the last time
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 my new knobs on.
Ok, I gotta stop and talk about these knobs for a sec...
First of all I LOVE them....they are made of bone or something I think.
Secondly, cool knobs that don't cost a fortune are hard to find.
EVERYWHERE in blog land everyone is always yapping about Hobby Lobby's knobs.
Well I don't have a Hobby Lobby where I live, there's one in either direction about an hour away but not here. So the next time I went to Pensacola, I made a special point of stopping in Hobby Lobby to check out this so-called knob mecca.
After being completely overwhelmed by that place in general, I round the corner to the knob aisle and well,.... the angels started singing and the harps were playing because I had just found knob heaven.
NOW I see what all the fuss is about!
I was DYING! and ready to replace every knob in my house...it was Nirvana...
You can ask my Mom and sister, they were with me and witnessed the whole thing...
So what's my point? I love my knobs and run, don't walk to Hobby Lobby if you need knobs.
So yeah... Did I mention I'm loving my cabinets?
Oh, one other thing...Plaid Enterprises mentioned me on their blog
Plaid!... As in craft paint and supplies Plaid....Eeek!
They sent me an email this morning out of the blue...I was pretty excited.
You can see their website Right HERE where they mention my dog beds ;)
or visit my Etsy store to check out the new items.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my cabinet makeover