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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Bathroom Vanity is DONE- Step By Step Tutorial

Well, this took a little over a week off and on with allowing for all the different coats to dry, and I have to say it was a little more work than I thought it was going to be, - HOWEVER, I LOVE IT.

 Remember - this is what it looked like before.  Maple cabinets with a medium  stain.  Pretty, but I really wanted it darker.


 I moved a lamp in and sat it on the floor by the door so you could see the finish better.  (One of my knobs broke and hubby is trying to use liquid weld to fix it - see it propped up on the counter - I think I will just buy another new one)

Step by step how I did it.
I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut.  The doors and hinges were removed and the cabinet base was given a light sanding to remove the shine.  No need to go down to bare wood, just take the shine off.  I taped off the wall and floor so stain wouldn't get on them.


 If you are going to do this, you need to be in a dust free cool area.  It's been hovering between 110 and 115, so doing this in the house was the only option.  The frame I was able to do in place, but the doors needed a work surface so I used my dining table.  Now it looked like this in varying stages for over a week. Lightly sanded and ready for 1st coat.  I put wood spacers under the doors to hold them off the table.

Coat One - brush on with a foam brush and then wipe off with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain.  (I cut an old tee shirt into strips) 


 Coat 2 - I've seen this done on oak and it looks totally different because oak has so much more grain than maple.  The oak takes the stain in the direction of the grain with a much smoother look.  The maple has light and dark spots to it, so it makes it look even more streaked.


 Third boat - It's definitely looking better. -


 5th coat and I am calling it done.  I think that is about as streak free as I am going to get it.  All I did was add a coat of Satin Clear Poly after the stain was thoroughly dry.

I really like how much richer it looks.

In person it really is pretty and the color is perfect.

Just watch the video that General Finishes has on YouTube and you can do this too.  Patience is the name of the game.  This does take time.

So what do you think?  Better?

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

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35 comments:

  1. It looks great! I would love to stain my cabinets, but the cabinet boxes don't have wood on the side but something that's made to look like wood. It is actually flaking off on one side of my kitchen's bottom cabinets! I might have to cover it with beadboard or something.

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  2. It's beautiful!! I've been thinking about using this product on my old oak floor in the kitchen - but 5 coats?! Yikes!!! Thanks for the insights.

    Happy Sunday!

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  3. Excellent job! You failed to mention how much patience this takes. LOL Kudos to you!

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    1. Oh no, I said Patience is totally the name of the game.

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  4. Oh, I love it darker dear Marty... so much more elegant! Great job, so talented, you are.
    I admire you because you don't stop at nothing you want to change in your lovely home and your love for your home is very inspiring to me, it's how things turn out sooo pretty, indeed!
    Thank you for your visit and I know you will lose the weight, once you decide in your mind that 'that's what you wanna do,' very badly, you do it!!!
    Have great week, ahead sweetie.
    FABBY

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  5. Amazingly updated darker! I've been meaning to try that brand of stain as well. Love the color you selected :)

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  6. I love the new look....can't wait to see the wall treatment you choose! hugs...

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  7. Excellent! You really did a nice job on it. I'd never have the guts to try it!

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  8. I love dark furniture and the darker look on your BR vanity looks wonderful. Not sure if I'd have the patience for 5 coats but obviously, it was well worth it! Your whole bathroom looks updated and pretty.

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  9. Oh I do like the dark stain. I thought the lighter was nice, until I looked at the dark version. Good call on that project. You have such good ideas. Sheila

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  10. So Pretty, Marty! I love the darker stain.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  11. WELL DONE, Marty! Yes ma'am! It looks awesome!

    Sorry it wasn't easy, but seldom are things worthwhile ever easy.

    Looks great. Hugs!

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  12. I so love it Marty...the finish is so very rich and beautiful....I love the look of dark stain with the white countertops!...Gorgeous job Marty...such an elegant bathroom!

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  13. It really looks beautiful Marty..........good job!!! Yes, it is a job and does take so much time and patience. I am pretty happy with my vanities also and used the same color, but mine are oak. We are almost done with the tiling and now on putting up new trim and touching up paint. It will be worth it.........you have most likely inspired so many to try this, thank you for sharing! Blessings, Linda

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  14. Oh Marty, 115 degrees. Bless your heart.
    The vanity looks amazing. I'm glad you were able to get it done in the house. Great job.

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  15. Actually I liked it both ways. The former looks nice and the dark cabinet is nice too. I just went from dark to light in my bathroom. My vanity is now white, but in my small bathroom light is better. Only this had a snowball effect because then I painted my mirror frame white, the wall cabinet white and the walls are now a pale blue. Why is it one thing ends up changing everything?

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  16. That looks great, Marty. I love the darker color.

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  17. It looks great, Marty, and goes so much better with your elegant style!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  18. Gorgeous makeover, Marti! I LOVE the look of the darker stain!

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  19. Great work and great effort!
    Hugs,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  20. Love the new look and I agree it does look richer! Thank you for sharing your project with us on Brag About It!

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  21. Oh geez, seeing your newly completed vanity reminds me of all the projects I have waiting fir me once fall cones, such as painting our vanity. Your vanity looks beautiful and more updates. Great job.

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  22. How very pretty. And i love the darker cabinets - it looks richer !!! Great job !! Stopping by from Imparting Grace.

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  23. It looks great, Marty--well worth the time and trouble. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Looks great!! I am gel staining a set of chairs right now and I agree, it does take a ton of patience!!

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  25. Looks fabulous Marty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  26. It looks great but I do have a question or two, being a DIYer and blogger myself, how long did you let it sit before you wiped it off for you to have to do 5 coats? I use minwax dark walnut on pine, which we know is almost the lightest wood out there and I leave it on longer then ten minutes and its almost an ebony, question 2, did you use a wood conditioner first so it woukdn't streak or come out blotchy and uneven? I'm curious only because I have never used that brand and if having to do five coats, if you did do a wood conditioner and prep before and how long you waited before wiping off between coats, I will stick to my ol handy minwax, much easier, your cabinets are beautiful and you did do an amazing job. Keep up the good work!

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  27. Hi Marty! Wanted to let you know that the Weekly Feature Series is live for one more chance for you to shine. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/08/weekly-feature-series_15.html Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  28. Cabinet looks so much better Marty! Love the color! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  29. Love the new stain Marty! And may I say we have the same taste in cabinetry hardware ;-)

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  30. Love your bathroom update! Fresh and clean! Sheila

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  31. Looks good! I have been thinking about using the walnut stain on my honey oak cabinets in my kitchen, but have been afraid to try it! I want a warmer, less orange look for the cabinets, but don't want something really dark like the espresso stain.

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