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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2014 02:20:31 PM »

amazing transformation!  I really like the wall colour with your refinished cabinets, wow!
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2014 03:50:56 PM »

Wow, looks great! I'm planning on a low budget kitchen makeover too. Only thing is: we live in a rental and everything has to be restored if we leave...
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2014 08:05:18 AM »

Gorrrrgeous transformation!

I was just reading about gel stain the other day.  I can't believe those are the same cabinets!
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2014 06:18:19 PM »

Sweets4ever - I had really good luck with the Java Gel stain (General Finishes).  It's nice to be able to do the finish without completely stripping the cabinets, however, there are a few things you MUST do:

1.  Clean the cabinets really, really, REALLY well.  Scrub them and then scrub them again.  Any oils on the surface won't be apparent until after you have all your coats applied and you're applying your clear coatthen, suddenly a small area will "wipe off".  I learned this the hard way in the bathroom. 

2. Use nothing finer than a 120 grit sand paper.  Anything finer won't provide quite the tooth to catch.  I think the cleaning and the sanding were the worst parts of the entire process.

3.  It's SO much easier to do this with the cabinet doors removed and the hardware taken off.  Believe me, it's worth it.  It's also worth it to tape off your walls!

4.  Make sure you allow the appropriate dry time!  I waited 24 hours between coats and then 48 hours between the final coat and the first clear coat (I used Minwax Wipe-on Fast-dry Polyurethane in satinSUPER EASY!) 

5.  You can wipe on using a rag or paint on using a brush.  I tried both methods.  I wiped on in the bathroom and painted on (thin coats) in the kitchen.  The bathroom would have been fine with 3 coats, but I needed a fourth due to some sandpaper/cleaning issues.  The kitchen might have been fine with 2 coats but I had a few missed spots.

6.  The first coat will look okay if wiped on but awful if painted on and the second coat will look awful wiped on and okay painted on, but don't give up.  The third coat is the charm.

Happy refinishing!
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2014 07:07:42 AM »

Wow, amazing transformation! Great job. I love the colors you chose.
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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2014 06:56:05 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2014 05:33:36 AM »

Oh mythank you!
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2014 06:32:43 AM »

Yes, I can see the grain still on the cabinets - but with the stain, it just seems to add a rich texture.  With the medium wall tone and the white counters, if it was a flat painted surface, I suspect it would have the look of a cheap new build - I really like the way you did it and it is obvious you put a lot of care and effort into it.

We are going to redo our kitchen too - ours will have to be a redo as what we have in now are reused commercial cabinets from a reno DH did years ago in a business, but I was thinking a mid tone wood and darker counter, now I am rethinking a dark cabinet with a lighter counter based on your post.
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2014 05:21:39 PM »

How long did this reno take?? Breathtaking!!

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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2014 02:09:34 PM »

maraschino - The renovation was stretched out over a period of time due to my busy work schedule and other household projects that needed to be done so this entire thing took place over about 4-5 weeks.

I had to install an outlet in the cabinet above the stove so that took some drywall repair after cutting out wall to run the wire.  Reducing the pantry door and expanding the dining room door took about 4 days to finish and mud.  Removing the wallpaper was extremely time consuming, but if I only had to spackle & paint just that might have taken a day.  Flooring was two half-days (a LOT of custom cuts due to all the doorways and fitting around cabinets), but removing the old linoleum before putting down the floor took longer (it was buckled otherwise we would have just installed over it).  There was also time spent moving the cabinet next to the fridge over 1" to accommodate the larger refrigerator.

The cabinets themselves took more hours to remove doors, scrub (you have to clean them REALLY well), and scuff sand than actual time to do the refinishing itself.  I did one coat each morning and allowed the stain to dry 24 hours between coats and then I left 48 hours before adding the satin top coat.  Because the doors had two sides to be finished they took twice as long due to dry times between coats.  To put one coat on one side of all the doors and all of the cabinets in a day it took only about 2 hours.  

Countertops took a day as I ordered them remeasured from Menards & only had to install them.  They do take a bit of work to install (to get them to line up to the wall) but it's not bad.  Replacing the lights?  I think that was the easiest part!
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