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

Posted by homebodyoasis (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 11:06

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

Can't wait to see pics!


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

Here's one pic. No top coat yet.


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

Wow...that looks great!


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

Looks awesome! I'm glad it worked out.


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

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


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

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.


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

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.


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

Really, really nice. Thank you for sharing.


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