In the case of my friends, we had to strip the gel stain away because you never want to paint on top of a coat that was never correctly bonded to the original cabinets surface.So basically, and I’m not an expert so you might need a second opinion depending on the state of your cabinets, if you have chipping finish (stain, laquer, paint, etc.) stripping and sanding are usually necessary before refinishing.
Also, keep in mind that if you have any “fake wood” (mine have fake wood on the sides of that cabinet shelving) this will not “take” the stain like wood so if you go more than a shade or two darker you will have to most likely replace those areas with new “fake wood” to match the new stain.
I stained over my fake wood with the same new stain I used on my cabinets and it blended in fine since I didn’t go much darker than the original color.
Their home has a french-country flair to it so we wanted to do something inkeeping with that feeling.
Heres the issue we had with staining the now bare oak cabinets: Wood grain. Oak (especially oak that has been stripped and sanded bare) has tons of gorgeous, open, porous wood grain that soaks up stain like crazy.
A friend of mine tried to update her honey-oak cabinets with a dark espresso gel stain. I have never worked with gel stain before but from what I’ve researched it seems like a fickle medium.
Anyway, I’m not sure if it was the way my friends applied the stain or if it was the type of finish that was on the oak cabinets before but the stain went on blotchy and, once dry, immediately began chipping off with the slightest touch.Also, always prime and paint in a well-ventilated area and keep out of direct sunlight.4.Once the primer has dried, paint the first coat of paint color onto your cabinets.antiquedartbrowncabinetscharmcheapcountrycraftingcraftscreamcreativedecordecoratingdesigndistressed DIYdo-it-yourselfeasyfavoritefurniturehow toinexpensiveinterior designkahkikitchenminwaxmodernneutraloakpainted furniturepolyshadesprimerrefinishingrusticshabby chicstainstain over paintthriftytraditionaltutorialwhitewoodwood grainworm holes How did you go about making the worm holes as they call them? If you start with a really creamy paint color, it will get even more dark and creamy after you stain over it. I really think I just went with a basic white, maybe with the slightest tint of cream but definitely more white than cream. Thanks for the great descriptions and instructions. I had to work fast and apply the stain with a big sponge, letting it seep into the corners and crevices and then wiping off the excess vigorously. I don’t see any in the pictures after you finished staining/antiquing the doors but once they are on the cabinets I see holes in various places. I always thought that this would be hard, but it is just a extra step, thanks so much… Making my own cabinets and was looking for a way to paint them and then antique them a little. The stain created that antique look and turned the white paint more of a variegated cream color. Heres the before and after (sorry the pics aren’t great).