This post is sponsored by Minwax. I also know I’ll want to use a fresh piece of sandpaper for each door to keep it easy and consistent. With the door, hinges, and hardware removed, I mixed up my first-ever batch of TSP, a heavy-duty, strong, skin-irritating cleaner in a large bucket. Thanks Bane! Check out these amazing before and after pictures for how to refinish cabinets darker. Open and stir up the Espresso stain, then spoon some into a plastic bowl. Free delivery. No way, no how. I’ve had bigger projects to tackle. Contrary to some super-outdated online forums yet totally aligned with our friend Heather’s experience, the TSP actually did very little to remove any manufacturer’s finish, but it did leave the wood feeling very smooth and not grimy, which I now notice most of the cabinets of the kitchen are from the years of cooking and touching (awesome, it’s so gross). Espresso is a dark color that I love and is very popular right now, but if you'd like to go lighter, the General Finishes stains come in lots of colors. This is a more detailed video than my last one on "How to gel stain your kitchen cabinets". When a hot shower steams up the bathroom, an oil-based polyurethane varnish seals the cabinet from water and mist while also minimizing the risk of scratching or abrading the surface. As expected, sanding it in entirety wasn’t quick, but I started to see progress pretty quickly. Fast forward 6-hours and I tested out a second coat. Please review the privacy policy and contact me if you have any additional questions. Combine the Minwax Design Series with other Minwax stains to produce on-trend looks, finishes and special effects. Today I'm using General Finishes water based wood stain in Espresso, and the General Finishes High Performance water based top coat. Just pour a little mineral spirits on a rag and the gel stain … I love notes. I would recommend using the sock. I just finished my final coat of stain on my kitchen cabinets. I think, I hope, that here, you can tell that the consistency is a little more like watery pudding than common watery stain. More Options Available. Learn how your comment data is processed. Green to espresso is going to be a beautiful transformation in your home! Maybe I’d come to my senses and love-me-some-serious oak when the VOC’s from other projects cleared from my brain cavity. Leaving the oak cabinets as-is for resale was one thing that continued to resonate with me, but with no immediate plans to move out and with the rest of the house pretty much customized to my tastes, it felt wrong to not pull the kitchen into the 21st century and give it a deserved update (regardless of what Grandma is going to say when she sees it, I gulp loudly). Bush Furniture Cabot 2 Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Espresso Oak 4.4 out of 5 stars 613. Not sure yet, but I’m not going for that distressed look here. $216.00. Interior Stain Colors. Espresso is a very popular finish in 2014 and you should continue seeing it in 2015. As in, a lot more sanding than you’d have to do if you were just cleaning and smoothing out the grain to paint it. This photo was it after one coat. Gray. Using stock models from the local big box, the kitchen received a total overhaul in the late 90’s which included moving the plumbing, creating more counter space, adding a dishwasher, upgrading the windows, and voila, adding umteen-million heavy oak cabinets. Stain the front of the cabinet doors with light and even strokes to avoid clumping. Rockler, rockler.com, 800-279-4441, Mission oak wipe-on gel stain, #34921. It’s OK when compared side-by-side, still hard to tell. Oak does exhibit a noticeable grain that provides a consistency that is enhanced with a paint a satin coat…It... 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