Gel Stained Kitchen Cabinets

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Used General Finishes brown mahogany gel stain. I ended up using three coats to achieve the dark brown/espresso look. I originally wanted to go with a lighter tone, but was afraid it would have been too difficult to replicate and wanted my cabinets to look nice. The pictures don't do the finish justice.

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What ultimately inspired me to gel stain our cabinets. He uses the Java stain and I used the brown mahogany, but the steps are the same. Painting Oak Cabinets, Staining Cabinets, Wood Cabinets, Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Diy Kitchen, Kitchen Ideas, Kitchen Wood, Home Hacks, Furniture Making

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Here's a link to my new "How to gel stain kitchen cabinets" http://youtu.be/plePW69gKcwThe easiest and cheapest way to update your kitchen cabinets. The proc...

Our 'temporary' under cabinet lighting.  They are simple wireless LEDs run by batteries.  When we get back from Germany we will hard wire some better ones in when we do our backsplash.  All six lights cost $15 (on sale) at Lowe's. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Under Cabinet Lighting, Backsplash, Kitchen Decor, Germany, Wire, Diy Projects, Room Decor, Inspire
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Our 'temporary' under cabinet lighting. They are simple wireless LEDs run by batteries. When we get back from Germany we will hard wire some better ones in when we do our backsplash. All six lights cost $15 (on sale) at Lowe's.

After the gel stain was applied and polyurethaned.  The flash of the camera makes the cabinets look like they're almost black, but in real life they're between a chocolate brown and espresso color.  You will also notice that we added hardware to the cabinets. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, The Flash, Chocolate Brown, Old Houses, Project Ideas, Espresso, Kitchen Dining, Real Life, How To Look Better
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After the gel stain was applied and polyurethaned. The flash of the camera makes the cabinets look like they're almost black, but in real life they're between a chocolate brown and espresso color. You will also notice that we added hardware to the cabinets.

A 'before' shot of the first cabinet I refinished with the General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, General Finishes, It Is Finished, Brown, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Room Decor, Brown Colors, Interior Decorating
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A 'before' shot of the first cabinet I refinished with the General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain.

Cabinets are finally done minus aligning the doors above the fridge. Chocolate Brown Paint, Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchen Dining, Dining Room, Glow Paint, French Door Refrigerator, Kitchen Appliances, Doors, Home
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Cabinets are finally done minus aligning the doors above the fridge. :)

The second set of cabinets/drawers I refinished. For some reason I forgot to take 'before' pictures. Again, door pulls were added once the drawers were refinished. Cabinet Drawers, Filing Cabinet, Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Door Pulls, How To Look Better, Two By Two, Desk, Storage, Pictures
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The second set of cabinets/drawers I refinished. For some reason I forgot to take 'before' pictures. Again, door pulls were added once the drawers were refinished.

And the cabinets around the stove once refinished. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Old Houses, Stove, Range, Old Homes, Old Mansions, Stoves, Kitchen, Kitchen Stove

And the cabinets around the stove once refinished.

A 'before' shot of the cabinets around the stove. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Old Houses, Stove, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Range, Room Decor, Old Homes, Old Mansions
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A 'before' shot of the cabinets around the stove.

Finally finished. :) Stained Kitchen Cabinets, It Is Finished, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Room Decor, Interior Decorating
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Finally finished. :)

A 'before' look of the pantry. It's nearly finished, so check back soon for the 'after' picture. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Pantry, It Is Finished, Check, Home Decor, Pantry Room, Butler Pantry, Decoration Home, Room Decor
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A 'before' look of the pantry. It's nearly finished, so check back soon for the 'after' picture. :)

Refinished stove side. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Stove, Home Decor, Decoration Home, Range, Room Decor, Stoves, Kitchen, Kitchen Stove
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Refinished stove side.

The sink view, refinished. Again, not quite sure why I didn't take 'before' pictures of the bottom cabinets. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Sink, Pictures, Home Decor, Sink Tops, Photos, Vessel Sink, Decoration Home, Room Decor
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The sink view, refinished. Again, not quite sure why I didn't take 'before' pictures of the bottom cabinets.

More bottom cabinet shots.  You might notice that our dish washer looks like a stainless steel model in this picture and black in an earlier picture.  We used a product that is contact paper put really does give the look of brushed stainless steel.  We will eventually be replacing the dishwasher and stove with stainless to match the refrigerator, but probably not until we return from a work-related year long trip to Germany. Stained Kitchen Cabinets, Dish Washer, Contact Paper, Brushed Stainless Steel, Refrigerator, Stove, Germany, Model, Black
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More bottom cabinet shots. You might notice that our dish washer looks like a stainless steel model in this picture and black in an earlier picture. We used a product that is contact paper put really does give the look of brushed stainless steel. We will eventually be replacing the dishwasher and stove with stainless to match the refrigerator, but probably not until we return from a work-related year long trip to Germany.