Hi again! I just wanted to point out that even though this stain has its “toxic qualities”, it is still a green makeover. Since I am reusing my same cabinet (preventing it from going into the landfill), I am reducing trash, and saving money!
Ok, Ok… I know, you just want to see my DIY handiwork…
Are you on the edge of your seats?? I know all you really want is to see the before and after, so here it is, my bathroom cabinet staining project before & after!
Now… if you are interested in seeing how it was done, start-to-finish (and how bad it looked before it got to this…), keep reading!
Here are a few before photos…
My first step was to lay down painter’s paper & use painter’s tape to tape it to the floor, wall, and counter. Then I took all the drawers & doors off.
I brought the doors and drawers into the basement, where I had laid out card tables, then covered them with a plastic sheet. I washed each door & drawer face with a little bit of original Dawn dish soap & water, rinsed them off, dried them really good and laid them on the plastic covered tables.
Next I did my first light coat on the cabinet, I started in the bathroom, then did all the drawers & doors in the basement. I wore a pair of vinyl gloves & used an old sock to wipe the stain on the wood. It worked great, but looked awful!! Honestly, if I hadn’t been warned from the other two women’s blogs, I would have been freaking out! Pretty orange, right??
After that I waited 12 hours (probably a little more given the time of day I did the first coat), then came time for the second coat…. looking less orange, and more cherry-ish and possibly more streaky? Ahhhh… freaking out a little bit…
Ok… now we wait 24 hours….then I can do my third (and, according to the other blogs, final coat!)… Looking MUCH more like a deep Georgian Cherry color, but maybe a bit streaky? Well, maybe they will be fine… they need 3 days to dry… so we take Bubs up north for a long weekend… we come home and this is what it looks like….
I see some streaks still… FREAK OUT time… What to do, what to do??? Ok… I think to myself “Don’t Panic”, even though I am already panicking…. none of my test doors turned out this way… OMG… what do I do now?? So I decide, I will just do a fourth coat, it can’t hurt, can it?
Of course I had to give them 3 more days to dry… but, luckily only the doors and a few drawers needed a fourth coat. They look GREAT now!
Now time to do 2 coats of Polyurethane. I didn’t take pictures, since it looks the same with & without the poly. I did one coat, waited a day, and then did the second coat. I waited a few days after the second coat to put it all back together, just incase somewhere was still slightly wet. Here is the FINAL product!!
Doesn’t it look FANTASTIC??!!! I just LOVE the results and now I have MUCH more confidence to do the kitchen! Now to just find the time to do it….
3) Painter’s Pyramids (2 packs)
5) Old towels & rags
6) Vinyl gloves (many pairs)
7) Old socks (I think I used 5)
Some things I realized after the fact,
1) I probably was
much more nervous staining the cabinet than test doors, so I was going SUPER light with the stain
2) The house may have been too humid for the stain to dry as quickly as I would have liked, causing more streaks
3) Maybe winter really is a better time to do this project, since the heat is on!
4) It really is not HARD work, but it takes a LONG time… all-in-all, it took me 3 weeks… had I not had to do a fourth coat, and wait 3 days (again) for it to dry before applying the poly, it would have been quite a bit less time.
Well, what do you think? Have I inspired you to stain your cabinets?? 🙂