Happy Friday! It’s my DIY sharing day. I have several home decor projects lined up for the weekend. I’m excited about that.
I still have to put some finishing touches on the basement that I’ve been talking about for months. It was suggested that I refer to it as the lower level and not a basement. I get that but it is still a basement.
Today is all about my cabinet staining project. We installed a bar with cabinets in our basement in a space that would not have gotten much use. My contractor and I met at Lowes to pick out the unfinished cabinets. The cabinetry came to about $1200.00. I was feeling all inspired at the time and decided to stain the oak cabinets myself.
If I could be honest for a moment…..What was I thinking? Let’s just say it took me FOREVER. Of course, I let several days pass in between coats just because I was busy with life. There was no deadline, but it took a while before I was satisfied with the results.
Would I do it again? NO. This project was just monotonous. Although, I do feel accomplished and proud. If I had to do it all over again, I’d buy them already stained.
I used General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain. It is available at Woodcraft stores for $22.50 per quart and can be purchased on-line as well. The project took two cans of gel stain. I did sand the cabinets by hand before I got started. I even sanded a bit in between coats.
The tile floor was installed first and then the cabinetry. Just to be clear, we had a contractor do the work because we are not skilled at or interested in building things. I say we but I use that term loosely. I am referring to the hubby but he was more of a consultant and an accountant for the basement remodel.
After the backsplash and granite tile countertops were installed, I began staining the cabinetry. I started out using Minwax stain but I did not like the look. I went to Pinterest to learn more about gel stains and stopped by the Woodcraft store to ask questions. What would we do without Pinterest? The Woodcraft store showed me several samples of the different color stains on a cabinet door with two, and three coats. That was a big help because I’m a visual person.
I love the dark brown color. They almost look black here because of the lighting. It took at least 3 coats before l I was satisfied. The cabinets were a bit too builder grade looking for me. After some thought, I had an idea. I pitched it to my contractor and he made it happen. He cut the center out of two of the cabinets. I took the cabinet doors to our local glass store and they installed the glass. I also had them cut two glass shelves to replace the current shelves. I left the shelf with them for sizing and they cut two thicker glass pieces. Total cost for all glass was about $90. It took about a week.
I applied two coats of General Finishes Gel Topcoat in Satin for protection which is also $22.50.
I forgot to mention we did install under cabinet lighting. You can see the lights in the above photo. They are super bright but can be adjusted. We used Juno lighting purchased from a local electrical supply store at my contractors recommendation. The cost of the lighting was about $500.00.
Staining is not hard, it’s just time-consuming. If I can do it, so can you. I did some studying before I started and that helped out a lot. We are pleased with the final results. Stay tuned for photos of the bar built in front of these cabinets.
Enjoy the weekend!
Peace and Blessings,