Right now, I am doing the final "frosting on the cake" ... the fun part of redoing the kitchen cabinets! After all the work and prep and sanding, now I get to see the glorious wood come alive with STAIN!
We were shopping last week at Fleet Farm (for our food safe paint for the interior of the cabinets) and Steve saw some reddish mahogany colored stain in gallon buckets on clearance. FIVE BUCKS a gallon!
We weren't sure if it was the right color or not till we could get it home and touch a dab on the backside of a cabinet door. But we had to decide to buy one gallon (enough for the cabinets) or buy all four gallons because it was such a great deal? Muphy's Law would cause all the remaining gallons to be bought up by the time we came back for them.
Steve was thinking I was crazy to want to buy all four, but I reasoned with him:
Well, when we rip up the linoleum floor of the kitchen, we are not sure what condition the hardwood flooring is underneath it. If it needs refinishing, then we will have the extra stain to put on the floor. All the flooring in the three upstairs bedrooms is this color, and the closet on the main floor is this color, so we are figuring in all probability the kitchen will be same color too. Steve even pulled up a corner of the dining room carpet to see if there was hardwood in there, and yes, it was and it's the same color.
Thus--- all four gallons were put in our cart, and I am sure happy we did, because it matches what I wanted.
It's a "wiping stain" so it has to be brushed on liberally ... wait 15-20 minutes....
and then wipe it off with a cloth!
(the flash seems to make them look uneven, but they are all the same)
Not sure if I am going to do a second coat or not. Going to look at it in good light today to decide.
I also got some of the smaller cabinet doors done too.
Got five more doors, 2 bins, 8 drawers and the cabinet frames to work on today. This is really FUN!