Gel stains don't require as much sanding as regular stains. The gel doesn't permeate the wood like real stain. It's more of a "paint" with a wood stain look to it. I'd sand it just enough to rough up the doors. It looks like you have some old varnish wearing off. You'll want to get any of that loose stuff off the doors. Otherwise, there's not too much prep to do before using gels. And, you don't have to rub it off like traditional stain. Just brush it on and let it dry. I will admit, there is NOTHING like a real wood finish stain. I LOVE natural woods. But, in the case of these cabinets, I'd go for the gel stain! Easy peasy! Here's a link with information on using gel stain.
When decorating my daughter's high school for an All Night Grad Party, we hung stuff on the walls using 3M mounting tabs. The walls are painted cinder block and no tape or tacky putty worked. The decs kept falling off. We also had to make sure whatever we used would come off completely after the party. We used those tabs and that was the only thing that stuck when we wanted it to and came off easily afterward.
I used some sort of 3M adhesive hooks on my walls to hang Christmas decorations and again, they came off easily without leaving anything behind.
Just make sure the packaging says it is removable.
Oh man with that linoleum floor pattern, glass knobs to die for and your green counters....I'd say go with an art deco look! Not the modern look, but, rather old Hollywood cottage. The arched pass through over your sink makes me think of that. Stainless steel and black accents against the green.
I think the robin's egg blue and red would really brighten the place up. I have a bedroom with robin's egg blue walls and red accents. I love it.
My kitchen walls are painted yellow and I have red accessories in there.
I think threadkiller is right about lightly sanding your cabinets no matter what you do. I'd leave them hanging too and use the new gel stains. You don't have to prime and you just paint it on. You'll be amazed at how that would bring your wood cabinets back to life. And, the woodtones would also look great with you blue. Whatever you do...don't use contact paper in the kitchen on your doors. The heat, humidity and cooking grease (even you don't fry....it's there!) will have that contack paper bubbling and peeling.
Looks like you have great tile in there! I hope you show us the transformation!
Oh wait dang! There I go jumping in head first! I got so excited about this, I didn't see where the rules said you had to have participated in 2 other organized swaps! So, I guess I'll just watch this thread and live vicariously.
Yay! I just knew there had to be some fellow Geezers here! I'm a newbie and just got shut out of the newbie swap.....I was so bummed! But, I think it was fate! This sounds like the perfect swap and group of Craftsers to get to know!
2008 is the year I get my craft freak back on! I haven't been as crafty as I like in recent years and vowed to change that this year.
So, now I have to run fill out the form.....and what's a wist? I've seen it mentioned....but, not sure what it is! Is it friendly?
Oh shoot. I just sent in my info to participate.....but, in reading through the thread afterward......I think I missed the bus! Dang! Somewhere I saw 2 spots left but then in another post I think I saw that it was full. Oh well, a day late and a dollar short.
i procrastinate like a beast, but i love to plan things?! i don't get it
I'm the same way! I'll even run out and buy all the supplies months in advance and then do the whole thing a week before I need it done. It's a sickness I think.
I didn't make anything crafty as gifts for 2007 and that made me sad. Well, not TOO sad. I did make a few things for myself. But, not enough. 2008 is the year I get my creative freak on! And, I would like to share my creativity as gifts throughout the year as well as at Christmas.
(Gulp!) I'm so old that Home Ec was a required class in junior high (one year of cooking, one year of sewing). Boys had shop class. There wasn't any mixing of the genders. (I'm really dating myself here ).
Me too! I made the most hideous brown polka dot maxi skirt. Remember those! Haha! the worst part was that we had to actually wear them to school as part of our grade. I was CERTAIN mine would fall apart at the seams leaving me naked. It didn't. I hated sewing then. Didn't come to love it until I was graduated from high school and wanted this gorgeous brown velvet set to wear to a company xmas party. Too expensive to purchase, so I made it myself. And have been sewing ever since.
I love the energy here too. It's been a busy holiday at my house and not much time to even find my way down to the "cellar studio." But, everybody here has me itching to get at it. Can't wait until the routine returns to my home.