Do this twice. We have 3 small kids and the kitchen has held up great. Now we all stand tall with our sock covered hands held proudly and attempt to stain ALL the things. Thanks so much! This is fabulous…looks so easy and I'm a fraidy cat when it comes to painting and DIY, but I'm totally going to try. I love your blog, you know why?, because unlike many bloggers who post on DIY and never give many details (so we constantly have to ask in the comment section where did you buy this or that which is so annoying cos something they dont even answer back and i am thinking why the hell are you blogging?). You’ll put on a vinyl glove. This is really good info…thanks! Why does it have to be a men’s sock? Dry. First coat on and I am seriously giddy about how much better it looks already! Title: seemly mixed wood colors engineered hardwood planting sequoias Description: large size of top wood stain colors from duraseal by indianapolis hardwood wood filed under Via: insidetherosariansgarden.com. (I am just getting into DIY starting with IKEA TARVA and RAST for my bedroom. LOVE THIS!!!! I hate the dark oak in my home. I have a project in mind now…. Found this tutorial through pintrest. I plan to do this on all my bathroom vanities – if it works well, maybe the kitchen, too! I can't wait till it's finished!! Cafe on Alder. Your blog gives me hope. Just wondering if showering will be a problem! The beautiful home we are buying for our expanding family comes with rich oak custom built cabinets. I want to give you a huge THANK YOU!! They said they cannot keep in stock. one coat down – so excited!! Thanks again! THANKS! With 3 coats you can still see the grain. Love that color.Holly. 5 days drying time! I am doing this when we move in. Thank you for sharing! Coarse will strip the varnish, medium will cause lots of scratches, so I went with fine grit. So I think you deserve a kick back from General Finish because your really keeping them in business!!!!!!!!!! Use our stain sample photos only as a guide and be sure to ask questions. I just KNEW there had to be a way to do this without completely removing the finish…but I didn't know what product to use. I have wood laminate floors everywhere that were once a beautiful color and now are so dated. Like right now. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I'm going to follow your footsteps and start with my bathrooms then tackle my kitchen. For the espresso stain, use Minwax Gel Stain in Red Elm. Question: which top coat did you use and is it a satin finish? Wipe away any sanding dust using a tack cloth and mineral spirits. And trust me, this stuff is oil based,  so it stains easily and quickly. What do you think? Yay! I just recieved a quote for $6200 to reface my cabinet boxes and get new doors. It sounded like the same brand as stain but I wasn't sure. Thanks for the tutorial! or does that poly seal keep it safe from water/steam? now I also love it for how it looks!! I had found celticmoon's tutorial before and had tried it and I never truly READ the tutorial but read the back of the can. Thanks!! I'm planning on doing my kitchen. I just found your tutorial and it's exactly what I'm looking for! Next week I plan to start the kitchen, even though it is a small kitchen, it feels like a monumental task. Apply first coat of stain using a foam brush, natural bristle brush, or rag. Maybe I'll start with a bathroom and spend the next year on the project. Can't wait to try in on some re-purposed dorm desks! Get it as soon as Wed, Dec 9. I have been wanting to darken up my oak-colored cabinets since we moved into our house 5 year ago!!! . just wondering if you sanded between the stain coats?!? Cannot wait! I am a first-time home owner and am SO happy I found your post! I'm moving to a new place in a little over a month *yay* and something definitely needs to be done to the kitchen cabinets! What surprised me the most was using the men's sock, brilliant idea! thank you again, you pretty much just saved my life (and poor hubs sanity) , Thank you so much for your post and detailed instructions! Because of your post, I redid my bathroom vanity in Antique Walnut and then I went ahead and stained all of my kitchen cabinets!! I hope it all turns out well- keep me posted! We now live in a new home, and I hope you come check out my foyer, living room, dining space, office and our white kitchen (yup, after all this, I chose a white kitchen when we built our home!). I used this to stain my boring builder grade honey oak colored kitchen cabinets. I may just have to get a door from ReStore or a thrift shop. I saw a friend pin this post and I figured I couldn't make it much worse. Hope that helps!-Monica. Minwax ... Minwax ® Water Based Wood Stain English Oak. I ended up ordering from http://www.woodcraft.com, but it could take up to 10 days to get to me. Thank you for not deleting! Found you on Pinterest…rerunning now. Any experience with such mishaps?Thanks! Here I am again in 2017 going back to your post to make sure I have the right drying times! -Touch up any streaks in the finish BEFORE applying the poly. I wipe w/ lint-free cloth. Fingers crossed! As the kids say today OMG girl! I have some cabinets with water damage I feel really need a good sanding. If you get a chance to reply, tbatz11 at yahoo.com. Thank so much for the tutorial! Luckily we knew just how to make stain darker on wood by using stain over stained wood! Minwax Pickled Oak. I shared my before and after pictures on facebook and now all my friends want to know how I did it, so I sent them here! But there were areas that were tight to get the gel stain on with the brush and with the sock? I did this with a small bookcase and it turned out really well. It’s important to do this as all wood varies and accepts the stain differently based on the type of wood, grade of wood and it’s age. I too, have a kitchen and two bathrooms with ugly builder's grade light oak cabinets. I ordered the General Finishes gel stain in Java from Amazon.com. I'm finding it hard to wait out the drying time because I just want to take the amazing after photo In due time!! 946mL Weathered Oak Alkyd Wood Stain. Thank you! 946ml. I have been wanting to change my cabinets but was afraid to. b4 2nd coat, if necessary. And I didn't hate any of it. I am in the middle of this project now and it's going great. Action Potential. just beautiful! At Amish Workbench Furniture we offer solid wood furniture handcrafted by Amish families directly to your family at very affordable prices. 2018 is seeing extreme colours holding on strong from 2017. You can bet I'll be referring back to your tutorial Found you on pinterest – and I'm a new follower. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial! I wish I had found this at the beginning of summer vacation . I used half a tiny can of red mahogany oil stain per quart of dark brown walnut stain to get a color like an old oak floor – brownish/reddish. I might just be refinishing my cabinets like this next year. It was easy just a bit time consuming for the doors since mine have double bevels. We are in the process of buying a new (to us) house, and I plan on doing this in the bathrooms. Wow this is exactly what I was looking for. Couldn't have done it without this! Anyone you know tried it on a dark oak? Thank you so much for sharing!! Use our stain color guide to pick the right stain color for your wood projects. Just the tutorial I've been looking for. Products like Rust-Oleum, by contrast, can be runnier and therefore soak in too quickly making the piece stain unevenly. Usually, a 2-1/2 inch brush will suffice. Hi wow your bathroom came out beautiful. I am using a similar Gel stain here in Canada, It says to wipe it off. That is an absolutely GORGEOUS transformation! Brush or wipe with the grain, allowing the stain to work its way deep into the wood for 10 minutes before wiping it away. The cabinet looks wonderful! Still mustering up the courage to take on my white painted cabinets (which I HATE). This is exactly what I want to do thanks for sharing!! Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter says, Looks great! Think I'll have to tackle my other 2 bathrooms next. Did you use the general finish product? Not one issue at all! I'm on a roll. You go girl! Deep chocolate stains add longevity, as dark colors absorb light, making them nearly impervious to sun bleaching, unlike their light-colored counterparts. Do you have to fill it or does the gel fill it too? I have a tiny full bathroom that I am wanting to re-do (vanity and medicine cabinet) but I am afraid that my window-less bathroom will feel even smaller and darker :/. Wondering how this has held up in the years? Stain may look very different on pine, than they would on oak… After the first coat of topcoat has dried, you can knock down grain raise by lightly sanding with a 220 sanding pad. Sorry– good luck! i will send you pics of my before and after. I'm excited to have found this post, thank you for sharing this tutorial! I get many e-mails about my honey oak to espresso staining tutorial, and most of the questions are recurring ones, so I’ve started an FAQ (see below). They look great, just waiting for the drying time so I can put on the poly. THANK YOU for this tutorial! Your personality shows through making it a delight to read. Thanks for the great tutorial. Can they hold up against a little girl who loves to put stickers on everything? The exact size will depend on the job, as you may need a smaller brush for more intricate work. I picked up Minwax wood finish in Jacobean. Add to Wish List. You are going to be giddy when your kitchen is completed…well worth your efforts I'm sure. We just got our first coat on, and it looks fantastic! It was actually quite relaxing and therapeutic! Furniture Clinic Wood Stain (250ml, Dark Oak) - Fast, Effective Wood Stain for all Indoor and Outdoor Wood. As Monica says, socks are the best for application! Was planning on painting bathroom cabinets but going to use your method now! I used this tutorial about 5 years ago and it still looks perfect! I am totally going to try this. Pizzano Yellow on Red Oak. I'm finally getting around to trying this. You have inspired me! Good luck!-Monica. Ill be reading it again when I get to working on other pieces of furniture! I am in the middle of an overhaul of my house. I did this in my kitchen and it has held up nicely, except in a couple of spots around the cabinet knobs that get a lot of use. Now, my vanity is obviously in a bathroom, so this step was quick and easy for me. I just received my stain from Amazon and am excited to start staining!! 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