Friday, July 17, 2015

The Makeover Starts-Staining The Bathroom Cabinet Tutorial & More

The bathroom makeover has begun.  My daughter came over Sunday to show me how to use General Finishes Gel Stain to create a darker finish on the vanity..  Here is what we started with.  A really builder basic bathroom.  I did a cosmetic makeover 2 years ago with paint, new shower curtain, light and mirror.  Added some new accessories and it really is a better bathroom.  You can see how I removed the medecine cabinet and all the details of the makeover here.  At the time I didn't repaint all the walls, so they need a little refreshing right about now.  If I am going to paint, then why not change things up a bit.

I showed you my inspiration board and how I want to change things up in this post.

With that in mind, first things first, the vanity needs to have a darker stain, so that is our goal.
The doors and hinge hardware have been taken off and all the wood has been sanded.  I put some tape around the inside of the cabinet to protect it since it will not be stained.

 I also taped around the walls and floor to protect them.  I will lay down paper also to protect more of the floor.

 Since it is 110 degrees outside, I can't do the staining in the garage, so I am using the dining room table.  I covered it with a sheet, then with a double layer of drop cloth.  The cabinet doors have been sanded and they are resting on some blocks to hold them up off the dropcloth.  Now the fun begins.  It will take several thin coats of stain, so I think this will be the "chic" look of my dining room for a while.

With all the prep work done, I can watch my daughter and learn how to do this.  We had so much fun today, did my heart good.  I love spending time with my children.

She will fuss at me when she sees this, but I just had to show you her pretty smile.  

 The instructions say it will be really streaky after the first coat, so don't freak, my daughter said this is so true.  The 2nd and 3rd coats make a huge difference.

 This was the back of the cabinet doors after the first coat.

 This is the front of the doors after the first coat.

Big difference with the second coat.  You can still see streaks, but I am being really careful to put really thin coats on, so it will definitely take 2 or 3 more.

 The cabinet is way darker too - - and a lot less streaks also.

I need to let this dry at least 24 to 36 hours, then I can do another coat, so I will show you the finished cabinet some time next week.  I am going to love it.

Have you used gel stain before and how did you like it?

I am joining the following parties:

Addison Meadows LaneCraftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove , 
The Charm Of Home , Chic A Shoestring Decorating,
 FindingFabulous ,  Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo ,
 Redoux Interiors

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  1. Marty the darker cabinet really is looking good. So glad you got to spend quality time with your dear daughter.

  2. Wow, what a difference the darker color makes, I have never used gel stain before so thank you for the tutorial. I am your neighbor over at Imparting Grace.

  3. It`s going to be really great Marty! Love your daughter smile, she is so pretty!

  4. Marty, huge beautiful change. I love it and can't wait to see more. I have never used gel stain but may now. Your daughter is pretty and super smile


  5. This is going to be a nice change for you, Marty. The new stain color will look very rich. Your daughter is gorgeous!

  6. Your daughter's smile is infectious - she is beautiful, just like her momma.

    Good for you jumping in to to do this - it's scary to do, and takes time, energy patience - things I just DO NOT possess!

    I can't wait for your reveal - it's already looking to be luscious.


  7. Hey this will be great- how nice to be able to get another look out of the same cabinet! Your daughter is a beauty! Ugh 110 sounds just awful! We were in Las Vegas a long time ago and it was 112 and all we could do was run from one building to the next for Air Conditioning! I'm hoping to get finally my master bedroom painted this weekend and we're expecting the 90's so we'll be running the air too!

  8. Thanks for sharing Marty!!! Looking good!! I just finished doing two large oak vanity cabinets in our master bath, using the same product. It took a long tried to completely sand off the original finish,, not easy with a commercial finish!! One suggestion......I used Minwax Poly, brushed on, but first put down a layer of spray on Minwax to "set" it first, as I discovered if you wipe or brush too hard, it can lift the gel stain and that can be a big problem. Wiping and brushing strokes are "very" important. I am really happy with the results and so is my husband, but it was a job. Best of luck and look forward to seeing the beautiful results! Blessings, Linda

  9. I've never used the gel stain. Your daughter is beautiful. Can't wait to see everything when you are through. I know it will be amazing!

  10. Thanks for sharing this, I've never used the gel stain. Can't wait to see the finished cabinet!

  11. You are going to love the finished product, Marty! I used the General gel stain on my hubby's office desk and I love the stuff. It doesn't drip and run the way regular liquid stain does. And, I love the way you have more control over where it goes while applying. I'm sold on gel stain after using it. Can't wait to see your finished cabinet. Looks lovely!!!

  12. Marty,
    Oh, dear friend, you continually bless my life in many ways!!!
    "Mr. Ed" and I are in the early stages of making a chair "darker" and I just had him preview this post with me!!!
    Neither of us have used "gel stain" before!!!
    We are in the "thought" process and will begin work on the chair later this week!!!
    Thank you for always inspiring!!!
    P.S. Your daughter is beautiful!!!

  13. Marty,

    Your daughter is one gorgeous gal! You're so fortunate to have her close by, truly.

    Hugs and happy weekend,