Gel Stain Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Now it's time for the greatly anticipated kitchen reveal! I'll skip all the talking this time and get straight to the photos. If you're just landing on this page and you want the details of how we got here- check out the tutorial post here.
 
 
 
 This is my favorite photo pair because it really shows how much progress we made in just a few days.  
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
(Whoops, don't mind the unassembled cabinet in the corner there- we are still trying to replace a non-functional lazy susan).
 
 

 

The blue curtains in the dining nook area are probably not a permanent fixture, just something to work until I learn how to sew or get someone to do it for me. Also, this picture marks an important change in our d├ęcor- it's the first time ever we haven't put that painting over our sofa. Hooray for embracing change!


So, what do you guys think? Any questions? Also, are you ready to go tackle your own kitchen???

24 comments:

  1. LEXI!! This is breathtaking. I love it. Well done! I also love how you can see the navy walls peeking through in the last photo - can't wait to see more of that room :) Super impressed and really appreciated the tutorial yesterday, too. We've been mulling over what do with all of the great-quality-but-beaten-up trim throughout our house - gel stain might be the answer!

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  2. Wow! That is SOOOOOOOO much better. Good work!

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  3. You should be so proud of yourselves... an amazing transformation based on all your effort and time! How wonderful to accomplish such a major project right when you move in so you can unpack into a LOVELY new kitchen and enjoy immediately!! Love how you jump in fearlessly... I tend to over-think and over-plan, so this inspires me to "just do it."

    Adrienne
    Chicago

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  4. Oh my goodness. The final product is INCREDIBLE. I love the way this looks, and I'm impressed that you were able to see this vision when looking at the kitchen - - I need to learn to see beyond face value when it comes to houses. It's strange, I do a really good job of looking beyond things two-dimensionally, but three-dimensionally is a whole other game.

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  5. This looks amazing Alexis!! Great job. I have 2 question though. First, did you use a quart? Second, were you able to get away with only doing the doors and outside trim or did you stain the inside of the cabinets as well? My cabinets are a bit darker than yours and I am hoping to get away without having to do the insides ;( Can you post a pic. either way please? Thank you in advance.

    Brandy

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    1. We bought 2 quarts, but only ended up using 1. It really goes a long way- I think all together we have close to 30 cabinet or drawer faces. We did the fronts and backs of the cabinet doors and then just the trim (the front surface of what was showing when the cabinets were removed). We did NOT do the inside of the cabinets- it really didn't seem necessary since we don't have any open shelving. I would suggest to start out skipping it, and then if you think it's necessary you can always do it later. Good luck!

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  6. They look great, my question is, what did you use to strip all the varnish off, especially on the curve grooves on the cabinet doors (ours are the same) sanding that is just almost impossible.

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    1. The good thing about this gel stain is that you really don't have to sand it down that much first. If you click over to my tutorial post you can see step by step how we did it- but I can tell you that other than a quick swipe with some sandpaper we didn't take off the finish on any of the grooves.

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  7. Your kitchen looks excellent. I'm in the middle of doing mine right now and I have exposed hinges like you... I'm debating if I should spray them silver or black. I see you chose silver, are you happy with your choice? Currently my hinges are dirty dirty brass color, I'm definitely not leaving them that way.

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  8. Did you use a top coat? If so did you use a stain or matte?

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    1. Yes we used a clear polyurethane semi gloss. 2 coats so it's nice and shiny and hopefully protected for a long time.

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  9. Your Kitchen looks great. I am planning to start on my own in the next few days. I just can't stop looking at gel stain tutorials. Thank you, yours helped to assure me that I am making a good decision.

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  10. This is so nicely done, looks beautiful! Did you use a water based poly for your topcoat?

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  11. What brand and color stain is this?

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  12. Your kitchen looks wonderful. I used this same stuff on my kitchen island and loved the result. It was quite labor intensive and the fumes were really strong, but I was very happy with it afterwards. It is really important to let it dry for the recommended time in between coats. I love the way you got the grain to show so well. I may have to do all my cabinets as well now I have seen yours.

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  13. I love the way your kitchen turned out! I am curious how well the finish has held up? I just used Rustoleum furniture resorations on my bathroom vanity and love the result but it seems that the Java Gel you used may be a little less time consuming. Since I'm now wanting to do my much larger kitchen, I want to be sure I'm satisfied in the product's durability if I'm going to put in the time.

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    1. It has held up great, going on a year now!

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  14. I will begin my kitchen make over this week...Should I paint my walls first and then gel my cupboards or paint after?

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    1. I don't think it matters, just make sure you tape off whichever surface you are not working on

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  15. Does the Java look black or dark brown. I have black alliances and am wondering how they will look together

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    1. that might be too much black...the stain is pretty dark once you get a few coats on

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  16. It looks amazing!! I'm nervous to do ours, the parts I'm worried about aren't so much the actual cabinets, but the "fake" wood if that makes sense. Any tips or tricks for the more vinyl parts that need stain? Thank you so much, this is such an inspiration to see!

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    1. Just apply your stain very very carefully because streaks will show more on the ends where it's "fake" wood instead of real wood. Don't "swirl" around, go straight up and down in clean lines and it will look great!

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  17. This is my first visit to your blog. :) I'm scouring the web and reading absolutely every single blog post about the Java Gel Stain before I get started on our kitchen tomorrow. Coming to the decision of doing the gel stain vs painting the cabinets has been a tough decision. I want to compliment you on doing an AMAZING job on your cabinets. Our cabinets are also totally filthy, like yours were to begin with. Your blog post has given me some hope that we can get something to look good, despite the current "fuzzy grease" look we've got going on currently. I can't wait to get started!

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