Friday, May 4, 2012

DIY

Totally un-Avery related (in fact, I think this is the first non-Avery related post on this entire blog!), but I just finished my first "true" DIY project and wanted to share! After seeing a great tutorial on staining cabinets on where else, PINTEREST, (TUTORIAL HERE) I decided to bite the bullet and just try it out! Needless to say all 3 of our bathroom vanities are still torn apart, but I am almost done! Since I still had plenty of gel stain to go around, I decided to tackle our golden-oak covered fireplace and will also do our kitchen island. Because we love this dark stained wood so much, I think we may/may not do our entire kitchen too! I just say that I am pretty proud of myself - these staining projects have been done 100% ME - no help from the hubby! Helps me feel like I am pulling some weight in this house ;) Enjoy! Will post bathroom pictures as soon as they are put back together (hopefully early next week!)

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  1. I have this exact same mantle and would love to do this! Do you have any tips or suggestions about doing the teeth and small grooves under the mantle?

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  2. Hi there! I actually used q-tips and a small brush to get in the little spaces - tedious, but it gets the job done! :) good luck!

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  3. Hi, did you use a top coat? If so, which finish?

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    1. Good morning! I did use a gel poly (same as the stain). Here is the link! http://www.rockler.com/general-finishes-gel-topcoat

      Good luck with your project! :)

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  4. And if so, how did you sand the little grooves? We are working on changing our whole home over to the java gel stain.

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  5. Hi Melissa! I did sand a little bit, but maybe 30 seconds per door. The instructions I followed didn't stress that much sanding would need to be done. I used the corner of my sanding block to run along all of the grooves, and then a combo of a foam brush + q-tips to get the stain in there! You'll have to report back and how yours turned out. I've had the stain to do the kitchen for over year - that's next on my list!

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