GF gel stain success (before: oak / after: rich chocolate)

homebodyoasisAugust 14, 2014

I used 2 coats of General Finishes java stain on the inside of some of our old oak kitchen cabinets and ended up disappointed that the color turned out nearly black. I decided to try a coat of Brown Mahogany over it and low and behold, it worked! I obtained the rich chocolate color I was going for � I don�t even think I need to do another coat. The cabinets are still dark of course, but not black. Just beautifully warm and dark.

I didn�t think to take before and after pics, but will do so after I stain the next set of cabinets. I just couldn�t wait to share how versatile the gel stain is.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lcskaisgir

Can't wait to see pics!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
homebodyoasis

Here's one pic. No top coat yet.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dcward89

Wow...that looks great!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:38AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mgmum

Looks awesome! I'm glad it worked out.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terri_pacnw

That does look good. Did you do any prep to the surface before the stain?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:27AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gyr_falcon

As someone who is about to dip into the staining pool, that is good to know! The color in your photo is a nice dark brown. Glad the correction worked out.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 5:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
homebodyoasis

Thanks everyone. :)

Terri_pacnw, I lightly sanded with 220 sand paper and then cleaned very well with Method spray cleaner and a sponge with a soft scrubby side. I think that is more important than the sanding.

If you do a search for Celticmoon (garden web poster) and gel stain (search in Yahoo) you will find some great instructions. I also looked thru a bunch of blogs with instructions and took bits and pieces from all of them.

I used a microfiber cloth and followed with tack cloth to get dust before each coat.

Gry_Falcon, good look with your project.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bellsmom

Really, really nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:01PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
KitchenCraft - will they last a lifetime?
Fell in love with a specific painted door when cruising...
lookintomyeyes83
Ikea cover panel installation question (Akurum line)
Hi all! I was ready to post this to ikeafans.com and...
criv227
Ikea Maximera drawers depth?
Has anyone taken the time to measure the depth of the...
richbeau
Strategies for washing dishes in a large single sink vs double sink
Hi all, We have in our plans to get a large (33 inch)...
ontariomom
Soapstone in the Midwest/St. Louis area?
Hi everyone. I've been lurking here for the past year,...
designsaavy
Sponsored Products
Black & White Noir II Print
$12.99 | zulily
Pac-Man 13-game Arcade Cocktail Table
FRONTGATE
Calhoun Leather Sofa - Brighton Parrot Red
Joybird Furniture
Elements Grey Sofa Table with Shelf
Overstock.com
Linden Green Bold Stripe Ovo Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
Big Four-Light Waive Linear Pendant with Reclaimed Chocolate Tiger Shell
Bellacor
Night Bamboo Giclee CFL Swing Arm Desk Lamp
Lamps Plus
Casablanca Lighting Hardware 4-Light Burnished Bronze Center-Stem Thumbscrew
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™