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.

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Can't wait to see pics!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:22AM
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Here's one pic. No top coat yet.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:24AM
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Wow...that looks great!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:38AM
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Looks awesome! I'm glad it worked out.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:04AM
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That does look good. Did you do any prep to the surface before the stain?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:27AM
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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
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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
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Really, really nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:01PM
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