One small step for kitchen-kind!

lazy_gardensDecember 5, 2012

Finally, one countertop replaced!

This is the after. It's alder with multiple coats of Waterlox on it.

Sink was reused, faucet was replaced, cabinets refinished a while back with gel stain.

We'll patch the wall and paint in a bit, and I have 4 more sections to replace, but I'm so happy to see even one of those !#$%!$ laminate countertops leave that I'm posting this.

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lazy_gardens

This is the before ... 1980s tan laminate with ugly end blocking to compensate for their inability to cut to the right dimensions.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 3:48PM
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localeater

Looks great, the wood is really a beautiful color.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 4:03PM
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lazy_gardens

I was happily surprised when I started testing stains on the bottom of that piece, because it was very pale, almost like white birch. But it turned that color with the first bit of Waterlox, so I cancelled the stain testing.

Cost about $200 for this section of the kitchen, because we changed out a lot of the under the sink stuff that was elderly, and good valves and supply lines aren't cheap.

Counter from http://www.perfectplank.com/

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 5:23PM
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deedles

Ooo. That's really pretty!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 5:34PM
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williamsem

Looks great! I like the unstained color, very rich and warm.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:59PM
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springroz

I think that looks great, and the cabinets look really good with the new gei stain!!

Nancy

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:25PM
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cookncarpenter

Looks great! Love the wood! It is so warm, and timeless. I'm going to be changing out some mid '80s white ceramic tile tops with some thick wood soon, will post some befores and afters...

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:30PM
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desertsteph

the new counter top is beautiful - that's a great new look for 202$s - and new guts to go with it!

what gel stain did you use on the cabinet?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:58PM
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lazy_gardens

The cabinets are walnut "builder standard" from the 1980s. They had faded badly. (left)

So I stained them (right) with a mix of General Finishes "Java" (2/3) and "Georgian Cherry" (1/3). We wanted a warm walnut brown: Java alone was too brown, Georgian cherry alone was way too red, so we blended.

Scrubbed cabinets with soap and water to remove crud, then with mineral spirits and steel wool to remove grime and oils. No sanding! I wiped stain on with a rag in a very thin layer because I wanted the grain to show, then topped it with General finishes wipe-on poly gel top coat.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:31AM
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blackchamois

Love the counters and great job on the cabinet stain! What a nice update!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 3:12PM
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ghostlyvision

Love the counter top, and how you handled gel staining the cabinets, I've been struggling with what to do with mine and your method sounds workable and came out really pretty.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:32PM
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CEFreeman

Geeze!
It's amazing what you've done with so little $$!!!!!

The shades of the wood are gorgeous together. I've got a ton of unfinished maple that I want to be a warm brown -- no red or yellow -- but I hesitate since I don't want to screw it up!

You've given me courage! [LOL]

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 8:42PM
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motherof3sons

Love it! The cabs and counter are beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:39PM
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trailrunnerbiker

It may be slow but it sure is coming along great...really beautiful !! c

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 2:55AM
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