Finishing Touches

So when I sort of finished my kitchen earlier this month, I had two main things left to do.

  1. Stain the wood veneer ends of the cabinets- these were not taking the stain well at all so I needed to treat them differently
  2. Paint the window frame white

This weekend I took care of #1.  Here are the supplies I needed: 

  • Liquid Sander Deglosser
  • Rags (I always use the giant box of Scott's Rags from Home Depot) 
  • Eye Protection  (i should have used a face mask too, for the fumes, but did not)
  • Foam Brushes
  • The General Finishes Java Gel Stain
  • An angled brush
  • Polycrylic water based clear coat in satin
  • Mineral Spirits for clean up of stain off my fingers or accidental drips 
  • Gloves
  • Painter's Tape
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My process was pretty easy.  I needed to tape the edges and apply the deglosser, 3 coats of stain and 1 coat of polycrylic.

The deglosser was simple to use- I just poured some into a rag and rubbed it on each section of the wood veneer.   I had already sanded these sections back when I tried to stain them the first time.  After the application, it only requires 10 minutes before staining. 

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I applied the first coat and this time it went on a LOT easier- much more like when I did it on the cabinets.  If any of you ever use this stain, realize that the first coat always looks awful. 

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I did the deglosser and 2 coats of stain on Saturday and the final stain coat plus polycrylic on Sunday.  It turned out pretty well!

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And now I'm down to one more thing on my to do list.  In addition to painting the window frame a glossy white, I'd like a couple accessories like a bamboo or roman shade and a dish/keeper for the sponge.   It is good to see this part done- the honey oak is officially all gone!