July 13th marked one year as homeowners for Eric and I! What a fast year. We celebrated with a champagne toast on the back patio
Redoing our kitchen cabinets was high on our do to list. We picked our wall color ( Benjamin Moore Colorado Gray ) last summer with our future cabinets in mind. After much research we decided on General Finishes ” Java” gel stain.
We cannot say enough good things about the product! It was amazing. So easy to use, barely any prep needed, and such.a.difference. I would recommend gel stain to any and everyone. We chose a darker finish, but there are plenty of options. Here is a brief look at our adventures in gel staining😃
After a quick sanding ( literally 10seconds per surface) and wipe down, we were ready to begin. We used a foam brush for the application ( Joann’s had a huge pack on sale for $5). In order to get the color we wanted, we needed two coats. Unfortunately dry time= 12 hours. But we were in no hurry! We divided the kitchen into sections and tackled one at a time. I think it took us about 3 weeks to finish the entire project. Not bad. Considering it was easy and low low stress. We enjoyed working on this project together after the girls were in bed each night. You could easily hammer this project out it far less time, but we wanted to take it easy.
In total we spent $40 on gel stain (2 quarts needed for entire kitchen) and $5 on brushes. Here are a few pictures from our kitchen
. We also replaced the hardware on the cabinets with a simple brushed nickel handle. We bought them at lowes ( over the course of the last year we’d buy a few here and there) for $2 each. I think the dark stain really makes them pop!
Next kitchen projects include backsplash, thinking gray subway tiles like this
(photo credit) thoughts??? And then down the road installing new flooring ourselves😳. Being homeowners is the best, dreaming, dreaming, dreaming!
Happy gel staining everyone!