Staining Cabinets To Espresso Finish

1.) Have you done your kitchen cabinets yet? I’d love to see them!
-Nope! We’ve been focusing all of our effort on finishing up the office/dining room and getting the darn bathroom renovation done. I am planning on tackling our beast of a kitchen sometime in 2013.

2.) What kind of sock? Really? Why? Are you sure? The white kind?
-Bottom line: men’s cotton athletic socks, Hanes or store brand doesn’t matter, and it’s because it simply works. If you want to use something else, that’s cool.

3.) Why General Finishes? Why can’t I use ? Does it really matter?
-Well, this stain works well, is easy to work with, has excellent coverage and I love it. I haven’t had luck with other stains. If you have and want to use something else, that’s great. I only will recommend General Finishes for this specific project. Because it works. So yeah. 🙂

4.) Does the stain have bad odor or fumes?
-Not that I can recall. I did all my staining in a tiny bathroom space with no windows and am OK.

5.) What kind of poly did you use? How long did you wait between poly coats?
-General Finishes poly in satin. I wanted a non-high gloss finish. If you can’t find this poly, I would recommend any water based poly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying time. I also applied it with a sock.

6.) Has the stain held up?
-Granted I don’t have kids, but the stain has held up to me scrubbing with a Lysol wipe and no issues for nearly 4 years now.

7.) Should I stain my cabinets?
-Up to you! It’s easy. 🙂

8.) Does this work on bare wood? Why not? Wouldn’t it? Do you know how to make it work on bare wood?
-It’ll likely take some extra coats, but it should all even out in the end since it’s so dark.

9.) Will this work on my white cabinets (or any other color)?
I think it’ll work on white paint as long as you’re ok with 2 things:
1- you likely won’t see a ton of wood grain
2- it may take more coats
Other than that, the process is exactly the same. Again, I’ve never tried it, it’s just what I think. I make NO guarantees.

10.) Do you have any photos showing your vanity completely finished?

11.) Amazon is sold out. Where else can I buy it? What if I live in Canada or the moon and can’t find it?
-www.woodcraft.com and of course, www.google.com

12.) How long did you wait to put on the hardware?
-1 full day after my final topcoat.

13.) Will this work on ?
-Why wouldn’t it? Yes, it would. Stair rails, dressers, beds. Stain away.

14.) What if it’s particle board/laminate?
-Treat it the same way. You’ll be fine.

15.) OMG I think I screwed up my cabinets.
-You likely put too much stain. The solution isn’t to put more, it’s to let it dry completely, put less next time, and move on. 🙂

16.) Are you SURE I don’t have to chemically strip my ?
-I’m positive. People, I am not lying. I see your pins on Pinterest, “I love this makeover! Wonder if it works…?” Um. Yes. It works. I just proved it did. Don’t over think it! 🙂

If you’d like to see the full tutorial on how to get these results, go here.

If you’d like to see my inspiration for doing this in the first place, go here.

Source: www.monicawantsit.com/2012/06/staining-oak-cabinets-espresso-finish.html
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