General Finishes Gel Stain, Java
LOVE! After a disaster with "Polyshades" I found my new best friend- java gel stain. I refinished my kitchen cupboards, several end tables, a crate and even a laminated dresser. Love this stuff!
How to Upgrade Bookshelves
Once I decided to build a Pottery Barn knock-off desk for my husband, I knew the desk would be lonely without a pair of classic bookshelves. Its hard to find good bookshelves people, especially tall ones. When you look online, you find a sea of particle board and bad laminate. Luckily, once upon a time (like... the 90's) you could easily find solid wood bookshelves. The best news is, since "they" decided oak is ugly, you can pick up a pair of these babies for peanuts on Craigslist. After a…
How to Stain/Paint an Oak Banister (the shortcut method…no sanding needed!)
Our house was built in 2000. I'm pretty sure that was right at the height of using orange oak for trim work, kitchen cupboards, and banisters.....because this house was FULL of it when we moved in. (Remember the kitchen we overhauled?? And the window trimming we changed? Oh, and the fireplace mantel and hearth we built? Yep lots of orange oak.) I actually like using natural wood pieces in my decor and have nothing against exposed wood. However, the orange-y stain that this house was…
Coastal Blue Classic Dresser - The Driftwood Home
A few weeks ago, I had posted a photo on Instagram showing the skeleton of a dresser being cleaned up for it’s makeover. Now it’s time to reveal the dresser in all his glory. Yes, I say he because this dresser has a masculine touch to it. So many of the pieces I do have a...Continue Reading
Staining an Oak Banister - Southern Hospitality
It was 3 years ago right after we moved in this house, that I decided to tackle this project that I originally posted about here. In fact, click on that post from last year for all the details on how I did mine. If you have those light oak railings and banister on your staircase, Read More
How To Gel Stain (ugly) Oak Banisters.
Oak is a respectable wood. Known for being a sturdy, solid and reliable building material, it became the builder-grade material of choice for contractors in the 1990’s. Oak floors, oak cabine…
How to Stain with Gel Stain Over an Existing Finish [without stripping] - The Weathered Door
I shared the makeover of a Mid Century Modern Credenza last week where I used General Finishes Gel Stain over the existing finish on the piece and wanted to share how I did that. I think one misconception is that you have to strip and sand a piece down to bare wood before you can […]