Staining Oak Cabinets an Espresso Finish {FAQ’s}

January 2018: Hi there! Welcome to the FAQ’s from my most popular post ever. I’ve since sold and moved from this home, but I wanted to update this post and state that the cabinets were in fabulous shape even four years after this post when we sold our home. Also, I’m still blogging and sharing DIY ideas, so head to the main page to see my latest posts.

We now live in a new home, and I hope you come check out my foyer, living room, dining space, office and our white kitchen (yup, after all this, I chose a white kitchen when we built our home!)

I get many e-mails about my honey oak to espresso staining tutorial, and most of the questions are recurring ones, so I’ve started an FAQ (see below). I update it as needed, so feel free to bookmark this page.

1.) Have you done your kitchen cabinets yet? I’d love to see them!
-Nope! We’ve been focusing all of our effort on finishing up the office/dining room and getting the darn bathroom renovation done. We sold and moved from this home in 2016.

2.) What kind of sock? Really? Why? Are you sure? The white kind?
-Bottom line: men’s cotton athletic socks, Hanes or store brand doesn’t matter, and it’s because it simply works. If you want to use something else, that’s cool.

3.) Why General Finishes? Why can’t I use <insert other stain brand here>? Does it really matter?
-Well, this stain works well, is easy to work with, has excellent coverage and I love it. I haven’t had luck with other stains. If you have and want to use something else, that’s great. I only will recommend General Finishes for this specific project. Because it works. So yeah. 🙂

4.) Does the stain have bad odor or fumes?
-Not that I can recall. As always, ventilation is important, so open a window, run a fan/vent, or work in a garage if possible.

5.) What kind of poly did you use? How long did you wait between poly coats?
This satin top coat is what I used.. I wanted a non-high gloss finish. If you can’t find this poly, I would recommend any water based poly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying time. I also applied it with a sock.

6.) Has the stain held up?
-Granted I don’t have kids, but the stain has held up to me scrubbing with a Lysol wipe and no issues for nearly 4 years now.

7.) Should I stain my cabinets?
-Up to you! It’s easy. 🙂

8.) Does this work on bare wood? Why not? Wouldn’t it? Do you know how to make it work on bare wood?
-It’ll likely take some extra coats, but it should all even out in the end since it’s so dark.

9.) Will this work on my white cabinets (or any other color)?
I think it’ll work on white paint as long as you’re ok with 2 things:
1- you likely won’t see a ton of wood grain
2- it may take more coats

Other than that, the process is exactly the same. Again, I’ve never tried it, it’s just what I think. I make NO guarantees.

10.) Do you have any photos showing your vanity completely finished?
-See below:
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DIY Stain honey oak cabinets with gel stain to get modern, dark espresso kitchen or bathroom cabinets for under $50. This tutorial is amazing!

11.) Amazon is sold out. Where else can I buy it? What if I live in Canada or the moon and can’t find it?
Amazon usually has it in stock in various sizes, so you should be able to find it.

12.) How long did you wait to put on the hardware?
-1 full day after my final topcoat.

13.) Will this work on <insert other random piece of furniture here>?
-Definitely! Stair rails, dressers, beds. Stain away.

14.) What if it’s particle board/laminate?
-Treat it the same way. You’ll be fine.

15.) OMG I think I screwed up my cabinets.
-You likely put too much stain. The solution isn’t to put more, it’s to let it dry completely, put less next time, and move on. 🙂

16.) Are you SURE I don’t have to chemically strip my <insert piece of oak furniture here>?
-I’m positive. People, I am not lying. Make sure to clean with TSP or use a deglosser for greasy kitchen cabinets, but no need to strip your cabinets to bare wood.

If you’d like to see the full tutorial 
on how to get these results, go here.

If you’d like to see my inspiration for 
doing this in the first place, go here.

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641 Comments

  1. MiriamR
    June 25, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I have oak and I can't decide white paint or dark stain thanks for showing it can come out beautiful without painting it

    • Robin Platt
      July 3, 2013 / 7:20 pm

      This is EXACTLY what I have been looking to do! Thanks so much for posting!

    • Robin Platt
      July 3, 2013 / 7:20 pm

      This is EXACTLY what I have been looking to do! Thanks so much for posting!

  2. MiriamR
    June 25, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I have oak and I can't decide white paint or dark stain thanks for showing it can come out beautiful without painting it

  3. Angie
    June 25, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    I just found your blog via Pinterest– can't wait to do this to the cabinets in our downstairs bath!! Thanks!

  4. Jen
    June 25, 2012 / 9:24 pm

    Just found your blog thru Pintrest! Love love love it 🙂 You've inspired to potentially (haha, we have a ton of "ongoing" projects) stain my kitchen cabinets. Thanks for the tutorials and great pics!

  5. Susan
    June 25, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    I LOVE the new, darker version! So glad you posted it because we're about to do this to a guest bath cabinet area, then to the master… Depending on how they turn out, we may also do it to the kitchen cabinets in a lighter stain! Again, LOVE the new look and the new handles look great as well!!

  6. Ashley
    June 26, 2012 / 3:10 am

    My test cabinet's first coat is drying as we speak. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! Your dining room looks fantastic, by the way! Thank you, thank you!

  7. tinab158
    June 26, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    Hey, girl…just wanted to let you know I love your blog. I read every post…as soon as it's delivered to my inbox. :)My daughter is using this stain to re-do her bathroom cabinets in the house she just bought. We'll let you know how it turns out.Thanks for taking the time to write posts…I'm listening, even if I don't comment.All the best, TinaPS How are Pee Wee's paws? Did you ever try the salmon oil?

  8. Jessica L.
    June 26, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    saw this post on pinterest! Totally inspired to revamp my guest bathroom! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Cheapskate crafter
    June 26, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    I have been waiting to see your finished vanity 🙂 its sooooooooo pretty love it.

  10. Candi M.
    June 27, 2012 / 1:11 am

    Don't be flustered! People are reading and loving your blog! I'm pinning this right now.

  11. Cathy Tucker
    June 27, 2012 / 3:07 am

    Found you on pinterest. Lovely re-do!

  12. Anonymous
    June 27, 2012 / 3:18 am

    I'm in the process of doing this right now!!! I'm on the second coat, I'm still a little nervous but it looks 100x better than those nasty oak cabinets!!

  13. Lynne
    June 27, 2012 / 3:34 am

    Lovely diy. You have inspired me to maybe try and do my vanity which looks almost identical the your before picture. Good job!

  14. The Martin Family
    June 27, 2012 / 3:57 am

    Love it and thank you! You've given my hubby and I hope that we can make our builders grade oak look so much nicer! Thank you so much!!!

  15. enchanted forest
    June 27, 2012 / 9:53 am

    Found you on pintrest. can't wait to ty this on my ensuite cabinets, then perhaps my kitchen! thanks for a wondeful DIY 🙂

  16. Lauren D.
    June 27, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Gorgeous job! I am so inspired…found you through pinterest!!

  17. Unknown
    June 27, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    This is awesome! I am totally going to try this!! Thanks for the detailed to-do list. Please dont delete or I will lose the steps! 🙂

  18. Unknown
    June 28, 2012 / 12:20 am

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I'm totally going to try this on my kitchen cabinets! This could save be loads of cash! Hope I can get the stain in Canada. :)Question – Any secrets to applying the poly? I've had trouble with that in the past. Thanks!

  19. The Knudson Family
    June 28, 2012 / 1:00 am

    Thanks for posting this!! 🙂 I'll be doing my bathroom cabinets soon!

  20. Beth
    June 28, 2012 / 3:54 am

    Thanks for the pics and tutorial. What color is the door in your bathroom and the trim? I have oak cabinets, doors and trim and am worried that once I do the cabinets that the rest will look out of place. What do you think?Betheagehm@gmail.com

  21. Heather
    June 28, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I pinned this on Pinterest and can't wait to try it! 🙂

  22. Merlynn H.W.
    June 28, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    I hate my kitchen cabinets & really love what you did with your bathroom. I think I'm going to try the bathroom first, then concur the kitchen, since it's a lot more work. Thank you for the lesson. Oh I too also found you on Pintrest.

  23. eater
    June 28, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    Wow! That turned out so nice! We are looking and seriously considering putting in an offer on a house with ALL oak, everywhere :SI was dreading the thought of all that painting, because I personally think it would be a lot messier and time-consuming than staining (especially after looking at your tutorial) … plus this gives us other options! And would probably look nicer longer since we have two crazy little boys.Thanks for sharing! Found you on Pinterest (and repinned) =)

  24. Lindsay
    June 28, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    Love the difference a little color and a couple of knobs make! Found you on Pinterest, and repinned you to my boards. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Lisa Cain
    June 29, 2012 / 3:42 am

    I can't wait to try this, thank you so much!

  26. Shelly Ortiz
    June 29, 2012 / 5:57 am

    Plan on thing this, one questions the doors look different did you add something to them and if so what and how, thank you for this will send you pics 🙂

  27. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    June 29, 2012 / 11:07 am

    @Shelly- Everything is the same color, what you're noticing is the reflection from the track light in the hallway on the doors. If you look at the first vanity photo in the post, it's clear it's all the same color.Thanks for the comments everyone! If you leave me a comment without an e-mail it's hard to respond!

  28. Unknown
    June 29, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing!!! We just bought a house (yeserday!!) and we can't afford new cabinets BUT doing what you did IS a great solution!!! I can't wait to try it! thx again!

  29. Amy
    June 29, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    I have wanted to do this for so long! Thanks for the inspiration!! 😉

  30. Tracy LMT
    June 29, 2012 / 8:52 pm

    Found this through Pinterest, love the look!

  31. Barb
    June 30, 2012 / 12:46 am

    Saw this on Pinterest and can't wait to try this in my daughter's bathroom. Thanks!

  32. Karen
    June 30, 2012 / 2:38 am

    Love this. Found it on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

  33. lovenatto
    June 30, 2012 / 7:58 am

    Hi Monica, Love the effect you've created. We have kitchen cabinets that are similar and espresso is a color we use all over our house. I found this on pinterest and its been repinned, so people are definitely interested in your blog. Your efforts are much appreciated by many. As for lack of comments, the issue of having to have some kind of 'identity' to 'comment as' may be an issue to a lot of readers. I don't use my google account, I only have one so I can comment of blogs. Keep up the great work!

  34. PS_Nell
    June 30, 2012 / 11:36 am

    I saw the tutorial pinned by a friend on Pinterest today and the cabinets were so pretty that I decided to read the tutorial (I love to read!) Although I won't be doing my cabinets — too old and stiff to tackle the job — I will tell my daughter about it. She frequently paints objects in her house. I just want to say thank you for sharing your experience with the tutorial. You did a great job on your cabinets as well as with the tutorial!

  35. Stephanie
    June 30, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    I just found this tutorial via Pinterest and I LOVE it! My husband and I just bought our first house and I can totally relate to your cabinet problem. I think I'm going to follow your example: try it in the bathroom and then {perhaps} move on to the kitchen. My husband is a little nervous about most DIY projects, but when i showed this to him, he got excited. Thanks for a terrific tutorial and a great FAQ post!

  36. Bluuuuuuue
    July 1, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Sure do appreciate you and your fab ideas! Thank you for the hard work you put into your blog… it shows!

  37. Seis D
    July 1, 2012 / 2:56 am

    Can I use these same steps to re-stain a dresser and side table?

  38. movie girl
    July 1, 2012 / 3:53 am

    Just found your lovely bathroom vanity transformation on pinterest. Love it! Just gorgeous! Will be checking back for more DIY inspirations/tips. Thanks!

  39. Rawan Moser
    July 1, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    The vanity looks stunning! Thank you for the time and effort to write us Q&A and for the tutorial.

  40. Melissa
    July 1, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I definitely want to do it in my kitchen, but I'm wondering what to do about the bottoms of the upper cabinets. I think all of the cabinets are laminate, and the bottoms are made from the much lighter, interior material…Any thoughts?

  41. Lauren
    July 1, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    Wow, just saw this on Pinterest and HAVE to do it! Your cabinet is almost identical to mine, so I have high hopes. Please don't delete it before I have a chance to replicate it! It looks so great, thanks!

  42. lnm
    July 1, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    I can't wait to try it out! Looks great!

  43. Christina @ Faith for Fertility
    July 1, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I'm definitely going to try this out. Are the sides of your cabinets a veneer? I'd love to do this in my kitchen, but I think the fronts/sides of my cabinets are veneer, so I wasn't sure if this would work.

  44. Lisa Swedo
    July 2, 2012 / 3:31 am

    Amazing job! You've inspired me to do mine! And – I can't believe people would send you mean emails! I'm so sorry to hear that!

  45. Joy
    July 2, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    I just found your site through Pinterest… I love this idea of staining oak cabinets.Now if I can only get my husband on board!! Thanks for all your hard work doing this tutorial!

  46. Elizabeth Seibel
    July 2, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    I pinned your tutorial and your before and after. I think it is gorgeous

  47. Amber
    July 2, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    Just found you via Pinterest…I'm hoping to do this to my bedroom furniture! Thank you so much for posting this!

  48. Brittany
    July 3, 2012 / 12:07 am

    Love your Tutorial. Saw it on Pinterest.

  49. Anonymous
    July 3, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    Just pinned your beautiful cabinets! They are perfect inspiration for what I want my cabinets to be. Loved the tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us!Lilcheer@aol.com

  50. schnzchx
    July 4, 2012 / 4:25 am

    Thanks so much! I've been wanting to do this to my bathroom oak vanity. I will be trying this in a few months. I haven't even read/looked at the tutorial yet, but thanks a ton in advance!

  51. The Every Day Extraordinary
    July 4, 2012 / 5:26 am

    You made me totally feel like I could do this–thank you!

  52. mckoul
    July 4, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Thanks so much! I can't wait to try this, I hate the appearance of my cabinets, but they function so I can't justify the cost of replacing them.

  53. Diane
    July 4, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I'm so excited to try this!! Thank you for all of the detailed directions, I actually feel like I can do it! hahaThanks!

  54. Lou
    July 5, 2012 / 1:39 am

    Thanks for sharing, am in the process of picking the right stain for my kitchen and bathroom. A daunting task I have been procrastinating for months.

  55. Krista Strawser
    July 5, 2012 / 3:22 am

    Your blog just gave me the inspiration and encouragement that I needed! Thank you!!

  56. Beth M
    July 5, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    Thanks! Found this on Pinterest and am off too look at your tutorial. I was thinking I wanted to paint ours white but I love this look … decisions!

  57. emb
    July 5, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    I am excited to start a similar project, many thanks for your tutorial!

  58. Andrea
    July 5, 2012 / 9:50 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial! I found it on pinterest and will for sure be using it someday!

  59. Andrea
    July 5, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial! I found it on pinterest and will for sure be using it someday!

  60. Wet Noodle
    July 6, 2012 / 4:58 am

    I've been wanting to change my cabinets to espresso for so long. I haven't dared to do it on my own. You made it look simply enough that I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your info and projects with us!!!!

  61. Jack Attack
    July 7, 2012 / 5:26 am

    Totally pinning this! I know it'll come in handy when it's time to change the cabinets in the house. THANKS!!!

  62. Tracy Wernli
    July 7, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    You inspired me to stain my bathroom cabinets! As I write this I am letting the 2nd coat dry. I followed your directions to the letter and it's turning out beautiful! My biggest problem is that I want to keep going over the stain once I put it on. STEP AWAY FROM THE STAIN ONCE YOU PUT IT ON! That has been my new mantra! I will put the 3rd coat on tomorrow then let it dry for 5 or so days. I am so amazed at how easy it is. There is NO odor whatsoever! The clean up is a breeze. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! My bathroom (will be) transformed! Keep up the inspirations!

  63. Laura C.
    July 7, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning it!

  64. Paisley Beading
    July 8, 2012 / 8:55 am

    Hi Monica!I've wondered for several years if this would work. Your results are fantastic! Great selection of new drawer/door pulls too. This is a terrific way to update a bathroom.I'll be watching your tutorial.Thanks very much!LuAnn

  65. Rasmussen Family
    July 8, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    I just found this on Pinterest and can't wait to try it in my master bathroom! Thanks!

  66. P90XLizBringsIt
    July 9, 2012 / 12:23 am

    Found this on pinterest! Last weekend I refinished a credenza – my first ever home decor DIY attempt…. I'm so inspired to try this on my bathroom cabinets! THANK YOU!

  67. crowleychick
    July 9, 2012 / 1:33 am

    found this on Pintrest! I'm so sick of my white washed/white man-made marble tops in my bath circa 1996! I've been dying for darker cabinets and new counter top. Can't wait to try this. BTW – Will it work on white-wash?

  68. Marlina Wood
    July 9, 2012 / 2:10 am

    I found this on Pinterest, I have been searching for a way to get my cabinets darker and I'm so glad I came across this! Thanks do much for your tutorial

  69. Mandy
    July 9, 2012 / 3:20 am

    I have the most hideous cabinets in my kitchen, this gives me hope! Thanks for the tutorial!

  70. me
    July 9, 2012 / 5:15 am

    I found your blog via Pinterest and am thrilled! I am so sick of my oak cabinets and want to stain them a darker color. Seeing your before and after photos have given me the courage to try this myself. If it turns out well I will stain all of the railings and banisters in my very oak house! Thank you!Janet

  71. Sandi
    July 9, 2012 / 6:14 am

    Just found you via Pinterest. I'd love to try this on my bathroom cabinets but am terrified. Maybe some day I'll be brave…

  72. vndshowell
    July 10, 2012 / 3:59 am

    This is exactly what I have been looking for!!! I'm thinking that I will practice in the cabs in my LR before I tackle the BR & kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  73. Ashley Dawson
    July 11, 2012 / 1:48 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I used this on a dresser and loved it so much I am doing our bathroom vanity. Also, I did it on the platform bed my husband built and I really love the way it looks on the bare wood. The grain shows through more and it looks spectacular. I would have messed this up big time without your step-by-step, so thanks!!

  74. AmyM
    July 11, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    We've been looking to take our contractor-stock cabinets in two bathrooms a darker color and this is just perfect. Thank you!! Found you via Pinterest and will pin you on my House and Home board!

  75. asha kanuri
    July 12, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    Monica, great idea!! I am definitely going to try this with my kitchen cabinets. Can you please share some images of the back of the doors with the doors open??Thank you.P.S: you can add the Tequila to the list of things to buy 🙂

  76. Eileen Gierren
    July 12, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    Truly wonderful tutorial! Inspired me to do the guest bath and WHOLE kitchen with this stuff!

  77. Jeri Dunn
    July 13, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Showing you some love <3 🙂

  78. Michelle
    July 15, 2012 / 1:42 am

    Just wanted to say thank you for this great information. I found you via pinterest and will continue to follow….

  79. annemarye
    July 15, 2012 / 7:37 pm

    Saw this post today, starting this project tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  80. Anna Brewer
    July 17, 2012 / 6:39 am

    I've been in my house for a year and I HATE my cabinets. Your tutorial was exactly what I needed to find the confidence to change them. Thank you Di much for sharing your knowledge!

  81. Kari Lyn
    July 18, 2012 / 3:16 am

    We're looking for a new house right now, and this information is very valuable to me. THANKS!

  82. Connie
    July 18, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    I just found your blog via Pintrest and I love it! You are inspiring me to give this project a try.Thank you for sharing!

  83. T1T2
    July 18, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Love, love, love this transformation! Thank you so much for sharing.

  84. Unknown
    July 19, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    Absolutely love the redo and your tutorial!!

  85. amy
    July 19, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    This will be super helpful. Have a kitchen two baths with oak cabinetry which I dislike. I am eager to try staining them.

  86. michelle
    July 20, 2012 / 12:29 am

    This is the best tutorial I've ever read for staining this type of bathroom cabinet! Thanks so much for the advice and I can't wait to try it! I've lived with the ugly cabinets for ten years, always too timid to DIY, but now I feel I have the information necessary to do it myself! Thank you thank you, thank you! I appreciate your hard work! I understand how much work goes into just one post, and truly appreciate your patience and caring to post your knowledge! Keep up the good work! You're an excellent blogger! P.s. I saw your work on pinterest…!

  87. GrandmaH
    July 20, 2012 / 1:22 am

    Thank you!! I have so many cabinets I don't think I could do one and not do them all

  88. T1T2
    July 20, 2012 / 3:33 am

    Monica, thank you so much for replying to my e-mail. I can't wait to get started on my bathroom cabinets. Then, after I have built up my confidence, I will tackle my kitchen cabinets! Thanks again!

  89. evilcookie007
    July 21, 2012 / 4:26 am

    I pinned this – too good not to! Thank you for the tutorial. I might be able to talk Husband in to this!

  90. Kim McLain
    July 21, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    Love this idea! Do you think this will work on laminate cabinets?

  91. Kristen
    July 21, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    I've been thinking about going white with my oak cabinets… Maybe rethinking that now — and this looks SO MUCH EASIER!!!!!

  92. Jenny
    July 21, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    Thank you… this is very inspiring!

  93. sara fink
    July 22, 2012 / 1:47 am

    Thank you for this post! We followed your directions and this came out great in my mom's bathroom. We just bought a house and this will be the first project I tackle. You cured me of my hatred of oak!

  94. Lauren Glanzer
    July 22, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    Very inspiring! We are buying a house that was built in the 80s and while it's well taken care of, the owners haven't updated the kitchen or bathrooms to modern tastes. Lots of DIY for me! Your tutorial makes it look manageable to do.

  95. Melanie
    July 22, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    I'm on my second coat and it's looking fantastic! How much time do you wait between poly coats? Also, how much time until the whole thing is dry? I can't wait to see our finished product. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  96. Andi B.
    July 23, 2012 / 1:42 am

    Thank you for the tutorial! I just finished both cabinets in the bathrooms and they look fabulous! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love your blog.

  97. Mariana Cronin
    July 23, 2012 / 4:54 am

    Love it! I just repined your tutorial . Thank you so much!

  98. Erin Denton
    July 23, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this!! I'll be keeping this tip for when we purchase our first place 🙂

  99. *deb*
    July 23, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Thanks for the extra info. I found your original post yesterday and I'm really looking forward to trying this! (found on pinterest and repinned!)

  100. Angee
    July 23, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I've been looking for a way to modernize my bathrooms and kitchen for the past several years. I think you just did it! Thank you!

  101. brey1225
    July 23, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    This is absolutely a wonderful solution to our ugly oak cabinet problem! We bought our house a year ago and thought that one day we'll save enough money to totally tear out all our cabinets and buy dark espresso ones! Alas, I do not think that day will come soon! And today I found your blog! What a wonderful inspiration! Thank you for taking th time to post this! We will give it a go in our bathroom and if we feel we did a good job, we'll move on into the kitchen! Thanks again!

  102. Stack
    July 23, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Thanks so much …will try it in my bathroom because of your blog!

  103. Scwakeman
    July 24, 2012 / 2:16 am

    I just found you.. Great stuff! I have repinned this! Will for sure be trying this. Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  104. Topshelf
    July 24, 2012 / 2:34 am

    I have been "dreaming" of doing this for such a long time but did not know where to start. I LOVE your blog. Please keep posting. Your inspiration for me, was found on Pinterest! Keep it up!!

  105. Karen English
    July 24, 2012 / 5:19 am

    Found this on pinterest… Can't wait to try it!!! I've been wanting to do something with our honey oak but didn't want to paint it. Thanks!!

  106. ctammylee
    July 24, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    I'm loving that before and after!!! I HATE oak finish so it's totally ironic that I'm looking for oak finishes to fix :). Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

  107. StaheliFam
    July 24, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    I'm seriously considering doing this to my kitchen… I wonder what my husband will think of that!?! Thanks for the info!

  108. kim91262
    July 24, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    we are in the process of buying a house and these cabinets are the color i want, but i have been perusing your blog for a couple hours now. totally have pinned this staining process (your bathroom is AWESOME). your whole blog is pretty darn cool. don't delete it 🙂

  109. Katie
    July 24, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    I followed Pinterest to this tutorial and I really love the transformation of your bathroom cabinet. I'd love to do this on my honey-colored rocking chair, but I'm nervous about all the nooks and crannies. If you have any genius insights in that regard, let me know.

  110. The Salisbury Family
    July 24, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the blog post! I found you on Pinterest & I have done this to my bathrooms & kitchen oak cabinets. So far I love it! The sock method works awesome too, no streaks! I start the topcoat this weekend in my kitchen 🙂 question: how long did you wait to hang them & put hardware on after your last topcoat? Thanks again!

  111. Michelle
    July 24, 2012 / 10:53 pm

    I love the espresso color! Thanks for posting this tutorial. Now I just need to talk my husband into letting me try this! 🙂

  112. SDCMama
    July 25, 2012 / 8:32 am

    I found you on Pinterest 🙂 You were "pinned" on about 5 different boards of people that I know… awesome! 🙂 And I wanted to say I love this! And… I especially LOVE the end where you add "Blogger Etiquette" I need to follow blogs, but just have never gotten it down pat. Maybe I should start with yours? I still can't get over the awesome end 🙂

  113. Unknown
    July 25, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    I found you on Pinterest too! I have never done any "big" DIY projects myself, but I am absolutely thrilled to try this on my bathroom vanity downstairs. I probably never would have tried it if I hadn't found your tutorial. I am one of those people that needs the step by step for reassurance. I'll be checking back repeatedly just to make sure I'm doing it the right way. Thank you SO much for all the time you put in to post this.

  114. Mary Frances & Shawn Cochran
    July 26, 2012 / 2:37 am

    My husband and I tried staining our fireplace mantel that was oak, didn't turn out great. So, we're starting over, and can't wait to try this! I love your vanity, it's just the color I want!

  115. Mary Frances & Shawn Cochran
    July 26, 2012 / 2:37 am

    My husband and I tried staining our fireplace mantel that was oak, didn't turn out great. So, we're starting over, and can't wait to try this! I love your vanity, it's just the color I want!

  116. Clever Sara
    July 26, 2012 / 6:10 am

    Keep up your awesome-ness! I found this pinned and thumbed through your gold mine! Chin up, we're just greedy readers who take your ideas and run as fast as we can to the nearest craft store with cash gripped tight in our sweaty excitement driven shaky fists! I promise, from here on out, i will be sure to take myself down a peg or two and always give some sort of shout out!

  117. Cher
    July 26, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    Just found this on Pinterest, I am adding it to my Winter project list! This is going to save us so much money on staining rather than replacing our ugly oak bathroom cabinets.

  118. Natalie
    July 26, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Ooh, I know EXACTLY how you feel! It's so frustrating. Your blog is fabulous! I found your post on staining cabinets on Pinterest and it's exactly what I've been looking for! Thank you SOOOOO much! Our cabinets are the dated orangy oak color…it kills me. This looks like a really easy way to change it up. Thank you for all of your time and effort! I'll be passing it along on Pinterest for you! :)Love,Natalie from NatSprat.blogspot.com

  119. angerine
    July 26, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    I got here from Pinterest. Thanks for the great tutorial, I wish I had seen it a month ago. I have spent the last 5 weekends(!) painting my natural oak cabinets white and I've run into problem after problem. If I'd seen your tute (AND had a crystal ball to see how tough my project was going to turn out to be) I'd have switched gears and gone with this beautiful dark stain.

  120. MamaHaas
    July 27, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    I found you through pinterest and will be using your tutorial to start on my house full of honey oak! Everything else I found was full of negativity saying it can't be done,etc so THANK YOU! 🙂

  121. Annie Traynor
    July 27, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    Thank you so much for your post and tutorial! I will definitely be trying this on our cabinets.

  122. Adie
    July 28, 2012 / 4:19 am

    I found your cabinets posted on Pinterest. I love the way your project turned out and I want to copy you :). Thanks for posting the how-to's! I understand what you mean about people not saying thank you or not leaving comments. I rarely ever get comments, but the blog counter thing shows I have hundreds of people reading. What's with that?

  123. Erin Lindsey
    July 29, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Followed your blog and started with my bathroom cabinets….just put the last top coat on and the hard part is the waiting to put the new hardware! I loved your blog and this project!

  124. Heals and Hammers
    July 30, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    Just ordered my stain…. so excited to do our main bath cabinets! thank you so much for all your amazing directions!

  125. Cindy
    July 30, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    OMG!! You just saved my marriage. I hate the builders oak in my house and have been dreaming of dark cabinets in my bathrooms and kitchen. Can't wait to start. Added your blog to my reader. Thanks for sharing.

  126. Melanie
    July 31, 2012 / 5:56 am

    Thank you so much for this incredible tutorial! I've wanted to update my oak bathroom cabinets, but didn't know where to start. You made it ever so easy! My first coat in the master bathroom is drying as we speak. Can't wait to see the finished results. Thinking of doing the banister as well. Thanks again for sharing!

  127. Jamie
    August 2, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    This is so completely awesome! I have honey cabinets all over my house and I have wanted espresso for so long! Sigh. If we can only find the time (with a 2 year old and working full time), I'm totally doing this. Thanks!

  128. Doug and Amanda
    August 2, 2012 / 11:21 pm

    Looks great! I have similar cabinets, and I was wondering about the laminate parts, so thanks for addressing that!

  129. Mrs. Christenberry's Class
    August 3, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    I can't believe what good timing it is to stumble across your blog! I am trying to decide what to do with my oak bathroom vanity. It is small, and I am SO COMPLETELY EXCITED about trying your staining method! I will do a before and after pic and let you know how it turns out! Your blog is wonderful! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your dining room!

  130. Sarahsew123
    August 3, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    They look amazing! I hope to do this to my oak cabinets soon! Thanks for sharing!

  131. Sarahsew123
    August 3, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    They look amazing! I hope to do this to my oak cabinets soon! Thanks for sharing!

  132. Becky
    August 4, 2012 / 2:41 am

    Just came over from Iowagirleats…love this post! I really want to do this on all my cabinets. Thanks for the great before and afters it makes it so much easier to understand and visualize.

  133. Anonymous
    August 5, 2012 / 12:28 am

    I got inspired after seeing your cabinets and we just finished our bathroom today. it was so easy following your steps and I love it!!!! Gonna start another bathroom this week. thanks for posting this!

  134. Stewiesmom
    August 6, 2012 / 7:44 am

    Love this! Thank you!

  135. Linda
    August 7, 2012 / 12:01 am

    Thank you for sharing this information…much appreciated!!! Our house came with two different colors of stain on the bathroom cabinets. Can't wait to create a classier look!

  136. Brenda
    August 7, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. Just ordered my stain and topcoat. Can't wait to try it. Thanks again.

  137. Lizzy_Cate
    August 8, 2012 / 3:20 am

    These look really great. It gives me hope that I can move into a "not quite my dream house" and still make it look fancy.

  138. Grace
    August 9, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    LOVE THIS! Am so going to do this to my ugly oak kitchen cabinets 🙂

  139. Gretchen DePauw
    August 10, 2012 / 4:25 am

    Love love love this! Just tried your technique in some old cabinets in our new house and it looks fabulous and I have only done one coat. I have three bathrooms to tackle and a staircase … Can't wait for the final product! Thank you for sharing! I have stained before, but never would have taken in cabinets without your recommendations/techniques! Keep sharing….great inspiration!Asugirl97@yahoo.com

  140. Amy
    August 10, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    Looks fantastic! I can't wait to try this in our new house! Thank you!

  141. heatherplaetz
    August 10, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Thanks for your inspiration! I am currently half way through our kitchen, top cabinets are done now moving to the lower ones! It has been a time consuming project ( mainly taking a long time to dry and finding time to work on it when my 1 yr old is sleeping). But it is so worth it, it looks amazing and really makes the kitchen look nice! The only problem I came across was the cabinet doors kept slipping on the painting triangles making scratch marks/ peeling of the stain. I tried many different things but no matter what I did it still slipped even just a little.

  142. QT Kiddo
    August 11, 2012 / 5:58 am

    Just wanna let ya know, we followed your directions to the t and our loving how ours turned out! Doesn't get much more idiot proof if you ask me! Thanks for taking the time to blog this! Made our kitchen and bathroom look fantastic for hardly nothing cost wise! Roxy

  143. Angela Deak
    August 12, 2012 / 4:18 am

    I found your blog (I think via Pinterest) and just loved it and I jumped right in. Today I put the first coat of stain on, but before that I actually ripped up the (awful) carpet in our bathroom. Since the floor was bare, I did the staining. I plan to post pictures of the process of my own blog as well as before/after shots. Keep an eye out or I will probably comment when I finally post it so you can see. Thanks so much for the full explanation. It really helped. I used a different brand of stain by Rustoleum (Kona) and so far so good. I couldn't find the one you used and didn't feel like waiting. I wanted to do this project TODAY 🙂 http://www.dontworrybehappykeeplearning.blogspot.com-Angie

  144. Christy
    August 14, 2012 / 4:19 am

    Found this on pinterest, thank you so much for not getting discourage and deleting it, I'm sure lots of people are reading your blog as I am, but just don't comment. xo

  145. Sue from Oregon
    August 14, 2012 / 5:10 am

    Just getting ready to tackle this same project, so glad to find this on Pinterest! Thanks!

  146. Designs By Pinky
    August 15, 2012 / 1:31 am

    Found this on Pinterset and have to ask, is there a tutorial? I read the Q and A's but am wondering, did you have to sand the cabinets?

  147. sunshine
    August 15, 2012 / 3:55 am

    I cannot wait to do this to my cabinets, and THANK you for posting an FAQ on this!

  148. Rachel Z
    August 15, 2012 / 4:43 am

    This is amazing!! You have given me hope that our new house with ugly cabinets can be BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for your guidance and tutorial!! Your work is greatly appreciated 🙂

  149. Rachel Z
    August 15, 2012 / 4:43 am

    This is amazing!! You have given me hope that our new house with ugly cabinets can be BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for your guidance and tutorial!! Your work is greatly appreciated 🙂

  150. Stephanie
    August 15, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I just read all of your amazing tutorials about doing the gel stain – it's probably the best one I've found out there! (found you on Pinterest) I am nervous to take on this challenge in my kitchen even though we are thoroughly seasoned DIYers. AND my kitchen needs it bad. My kids were playing 'I spy' and my 6yr-old daughter said 'I spy something orange' and finally she told us it was the kitchen cabinets. true story. yikes!!

  151. natalieshawn
    August 16, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    Hi there!!! I have maple cabinets that I am going to try this technique on…they are that light color that was so popular in the 90's. I told my husband I would start with the bathroom too!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this awesome tutorial. When I do it, I'll email you my before/after photos!! Also, I am going to pin a photo to my pinterest board. Keep up the great work!!!natalie salese gonzalez

  152. Vicki Bailey
    August 16, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    Started this in our bathroom. Overall it looks really good so far (just finished 2nd stain coat), but the laminate on the sides started to peel. We had to rip off a big chunk of the laminate paper and re-stain, but it's so dark I don't think it's going to be all that noticeable. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    • Vicki Bailey
      September 4, 2012 / 5:41 pm

      Finished yesterday and I LOVE it! Now I want to do my kitchen cabinets! lol. Maybe I'll do those next summer.

    • Vicki Bailey
      September 4, 2012 / 5:44 pm

      I also refinished the brass hardware so it is now silver. Found that tutorial on Pinterest as well. It looks great!

  153. Briana Vander Klok
    August 17, 2012 / 2:19 am

    I haven't started on this on my cabinets but I'm going to give it a try in my bathroom. Thanks so much for taking the time to show us all how to do this!

  154. The Hershberger Home
    August 17, 2012 / 4:19 am

    Found this through pinterest…and will be showing my husband. He enjoys refinishing things and I love the color of these…so WIN WIN! Thanks 🙂

  155. Designer Diana
    August 17, 2012 / 9:05 am

    This is awesome, thank you so much!

  156. Alana Hodgson
    August 17, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    I pinned your tutorial. It was awesome! and your writing style is great. I wouldn't have commented if I hadn't read your message at the end of this post, but I'd hate to see you quit since I enjoyed the tutorial! I'll be browsing around for more ideas, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  157. Carrie
    August 18, 2012 / 6:53 am

    Just saw this on Pinterest and it looks fantastic. Can't wait to try it. Afraid it will snowball…now that the laundry room cabinets are done, we have to re-paint, and if I repaint I'll have to do the baseboards, then the floor, then spruce up the utility sink by putting a skirt over it to hide it's ugliness…etc. But I'm inspired…thanks for the info!

  158. SAHMTX
    August 18, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    So I saw this on Pinterest a month ago and excited to finally find something that I can do. I'm about to begin on the project today! Thank you so much for posting this, as others have said, I hate oak cabinets! This tutorial of yours is very useful (especially for those of us who are not experienced in this type of thing.) By the way I also checked your other house projects and they look amazing! You have a keen eye for these things and wished I have the same talent. But fortunately, I don't and will have to settle for dark cabinets and will go on from there. Thank you again! =)

  159. Heather
    August 21, 2012 / 7:59 am

    Love, love, love this! I pinned it and I can't wait to do this to my kitchen, 3 bathrooms, linen cabinets, and even the cat if I can catch him. I've read a lot of reviews for another product (rhymes with crustnoleum trabinet cansformations) but just wasn't sold on it – too painty, and I really wanted more of a stain. Can't wait to get started. Thank you for posting. I love your projects.

  160. Jeniver
    August 22, 2012 / 3:35 am

    Thank you so much! Saw this pin on a friends board and now have an idea on how to update our old kitchen cabinets pre-market!!! If we get our house on the market soon, this may have to be added to our to do list. Thanks for all the answers and tips. Your cabinet looks great!

  161. Michelle
    August 23, 2012 / 3:25 pm

    Just got my first coat on! So exciting, thanks.

  162. Leroy Sunset
    August 24, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    I somehow ended up here from a reddit thread. If you're doing a lot of handy stuff, feel free to post it to r/DIY and you'll get a lot of traffic on your blog. Nice tutorial, good luck!

  163. Mandi E.
    August 25, 2012 / 12:41 am

    Came from Pinterest. The makeover it great! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  164. trickortreat
    August 25, 2012 / 9:42 am

    Hi Monica, I love your enthusiasm and the way you gave so many little details in the tutorial. Thanks for cheerleading me on to a new project! By the way, your choice of hardware is terrific too.

  165. DEKAYDE
    August 25, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    I am BLOWN away by the change in your bathroom cabinets. Can't wait to try it on mine. Thanks so much!

  166. Morgan
    August 27, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    Oh my gosh; I can't wait to try this! Saw this pin on pinterest!

  167. TammyJ
    August 28, 2012 / 5:10 am

    Found you one Pinterest – and am glad I did! Just tried the General Finishes stain on one cabinet door – think I'll progress to the bathroom vanity and then onto the kitchen!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  168. Christi
    August 30, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    I haven't tried this yet, but you've given me hope that this is doable. Thank you for the detailed instructions!

  169. Jean
    August 31, 2012 / 7:19 am

    Found the Pin, marked the blog in my browser's favorites list. I will order the stain tomorrow. I am so excited to try this. Our contractor's grade cabinets are in need of TLC after 9 years. I will be taking before and after pictures for posting on my soon to be blog. (of course I will give props back to you.) My son has finally come into his own and has definte likes and dislikes. He defintely likes this.Thanks~Debbie

  170. Nikki
    August 31, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    This is awesome! I have been wanting to redo mine and looking for an "easy" way to do it. Pinning it!

  171. Tiffany Cabrales-Marshall
    August 31, 2012 / 6:58 pm

    Well, I have liked/read/pinned your post and am looking forward to doing this in my bathrooms ASAP! Thanks 🙂

  172. Sharon
    September 1, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Your cabinets look great and Your directions are well written and easy to follow. I'm going to try this in my bathroom.

  173. Tiffany
    September 2, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share your work! I originally read your post a few months ago and have been trying to decide if I'm brave enough to tackle my kitchen cabinets (that, I HATE but don't have the money to replace!). Seeing the final finished result on your vanity may have been the kick in the pants that I needed! I hope mine turns out at nicely as yours did!! :)Tiffany

  174. sis54
    September 3, 2012 / 5:38 am

    I am so excited about this project! I went through the process of sanding and staining and sanding and staining our bathroom vanities Ugh! So time consuming and messy…used the same stain ( different brand) and got very different results, so frustrating! My husband and I were looking into the "Transformation" kit but didn't like the painted look. I am looking forward to using your method on my kitchen cabinets. Can't thank you enough for sharing!!!

  175. leahVDL
    September 3, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    Just did this to our bathroom. So thankful for your awesome tutorial! Would not have had the courage to try it without seeing all of your photos. Thank you!!!!

  176. The Fleming Family
    September 3, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Just finished coat 1!!! I am so excited!!! Your tutorial is saving my whole house and budget!! THANK YOU!!!! I will be telling everyone to come read this!-Danielle

  177. joconnell
    September 3, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    Love this, love my house but…HATE my kitchen cabinets! I can't wait to start the process of of staining them, and adding hardware! Thanks for shareing! 🙂

  178. My Thoughts Exactly
    September 4, 2012 / 12:27 am

    I love your vanity. I have used General Finishes stain in espresso on an old dresser that I converted into a vanity for my bathroom. I did use a spar urethane to cover it because of the chances of it getting soaked. The finish has held up and is gorgeous. I have used just about every other type of stain in refinishing projects and would agree that this was very easy to use and gave a beautiful finish.

  179. Landry, Renée, and Baby Girl!!!
    September 4, 2012 / 4:39 am

    I will DEFINITELY be using your tutorial on this! I have white cabinets, but I'm going to give it a shot! It's exactly the look I am envisioning! Thanks for posting.

  180. Anonymous
    September 4, 2012 / 10:45 am

    I have 6 custom-made bookcases I brought home from a lengthy assignment in Indonesia (in the mid 90s) which are a reddish oak color, and I want them to be dark. I'm going to try your method, but I wanted to let you know your FAQ is still being read and helping people! Thank you so much – and you have a new follower.

  181. ltbpt
    September 4, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Here"s some love. And a big ole thank you!!!! I have wanted to do a blog too and can feel your pain. I mad e the mistake of not writing down the gel stain brand and picked up Old Masters Dark Walnut at Ben Moore. It did NOT work. Bleh. Going to order your brand and try again.Hello General Finishes suit types! This girl deserves some sort of thankyou!!!!!

  182. LindaD
    September 5, 2012 / 12:00 am

    Like!

  183. Dena
    September 5, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    NOOOO…Don't you dare delete this blog or stop all together! I love this and you have given me the inspiration to "make-over" my boring honey oak cabinets. I think this will be my first cold weather project this fall. I absolutely love the color and can't wait to give it a try. One happy reader…:o)

  184. Eden berryman
    September 6, 2012 / 4:39 am

    Please do not delete! I am ordering supplies tomorrow and I need the tutorial! 🙂

  185. Kelli
    September 8, 2012 / 12:57 pm

    Kudos for your beautiful cabinets, but also for speaking your mind! Blogging can be a thankless job, for sure. That being said, THANKS for the tutorial. I was actually searching Pinterest specifically for a tutorial on how to stain over finished wood, and your bathroom cabinet makeover was about forty out of the first fifty pins. I'm glad I found it; I'm going to use this technique on some cheap-o Craigslist chairs! Now following!

  186. JackieP
    September 8, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    Great blog and awesome results! From a fellow blogger that understands your frustration – get yourself a google analytics account so you don't have to rely on people commenting to understand if you are getting visitors. People appreciate your blog – as you can see. On google analytics you can see the percentage of visitors that are return visitors. Take each return visit as a "thank you" for what you're doing.

  187. TianaN
    September 8, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Looking forward to trying this soon. Thanks for the info

  188. Leah K.
    September 8, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Nice work! You have inspired me to try this in my bathroom! If it works out I will do my kitchen too like you are planning to do. I will share any progress I make 🙂

  189. downstown
    September 8, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    Just found your blog and will definitely start following! Just wanted to let you know. I had researched the idea and found General Finishes gel stain on discussion boards on Gardenweb but so glad to have pics and tutorial. I will also pass it on to several friends. Thanks for all your effort!

  190. Kristin
    September 8, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    looks amazing! I will be trying this with my thrifted baby furniture

  191. JenMarie
    September 9, 2012 / 2:07 am

    Just found this from Pinterest! Wahoo You!! Way to Go!…renting right now but no longer afraid of one day purchasing a house with UGLY oak cabinets, LOL!! :)God Bless!

  192. beth terpstra
    September 10, 2012 / 2:48 am

    I followed your instructions to a "T", and I now LOVE,LOVE my new bathroom!! You saved me money and allowed me to give a completely new look to my boring bathroom. THANK YOU for all the effort you put in to do the instructions. For me, it TOTALLY paid off! 🙂

  193. Vesna
    September 10, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    Thanks. You just gave me hope I might have it all done sooner than I was planing. Wit the cost involved, all I need is time. Will try vanity, and than go on with the rest. So glad sanding is not as demanding as I thought 🙂 Bring it on January !

  194. jessica cogger
    September 11, 2012 / 3:23 am

    Hi I was just wondering if you have a picture of what this stain looks like on bare wood, because I have aquired a entertainment set that I am stripping the paint off of, and the stripper also took off the varnish which I was not planning on happen. So essentially its bare wood. Just wanted to see what I would be dealing with if it was bare before I started, thanks!

  195. cutepaintgirl
    September 12, 2012 / 6:49 am

    I found you via Pinterest…so glad you didn't delete due to frustration….it's great info….and you did a great job on the staining …and the tutorial…thanks!!

  196. Moore Family
    September 12, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    I just found this on Pinterest, brilliant! I wanted to go dark wood in my master, and now I can do it without paying for new cabinets!

  197. MStine
    September 13, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this blog and updating with these comments! It's a real shame people are just spreading this all of pinterest and not giving you any thank yous! I am going to try this over the weekend on a coffee table, and I'm so stoked. I have used old english furniture polish before and it doesn't really cover so well. This product is a great find, and will hopefully (fingers crossed) turn my thrift store find into a fancy pants focal point in my living room!

  198. Jen
    September 14, 2012 / 8:17 am

    Seriously love the tutorial, I hope I can try it out soon! Thanks for all the details, you were very thorough!!! Love the way the bathroom cabinets turned out, and I am so excited for your kitchen!!!!

  199. Unknown
    September 14, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing… I will have to try this for sure! For all of those who didnt thank you for replying to them. Thanks for taking your time to do it ( no i have never asked a question)

  200. Lynette
    September 14, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    Just put the first coat on last night and it is looking great already. We are doing two vanities and a small cabinet. I was worried about the wear on the doors and drawers because they were nasty when we bought the house but they seem to look pretty good. Thanks for all the exact instructions! You are fabulous! I know my aunt is doing hers this week too.

  201. Kimberly Murphy Hicks
    September 15, 2012 / 2:13 am

    This is what I've been looking for! Thanks for the detailed how-to! Can't wait to bring my bathroom out of the 90's!

  202. Unknown
    September 15, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial, Im feeling confident and have my supplies.. deep breath off I go!

  203. Unknown
    September 15, 2012 / 9:23 pm

    Saw this on pinterest. Wish it was at the beginning of my three week vacation, not at the end. I will have to wait till later, but definitely be trying it since I absolutely hate out honey oak bathroom cabinet. Thank you so much for posting the instructions.

  204. Mrs. B
    September 15, 2012 / 10:53 pm

    Wow! I'm so excited to try this. I have a 1960s ranch home styled in "Early Jetsons." Blech. So I'm going to give your method a try. Wish me luck! (And courage!)

  205. Corrie
    September 16, 2012 / 5:13 am

    Thank you so much! I just finished the second coat of stain and I am dying to do the third!:) I would have never dared do it without this great tutorial.

  206. Kimberly Marinelli
    September 17, 2012 / 1:56 am

    Beautiful!! Love it and can't wait to try!

  207. danielle b
    September 17, 2012 / 2:47 am

    I think u're doin a good job!

  208. danielle b
    September 17, 2012 / 2:49 am

    I think u're doin a good job!

  209. Seth and Peggy
    September 18, 2012 / 4:54 am

    You totally ROCK! My neighbor and I have the same boring 3 bathrooms in our house. The oak cabinets will be turning our standard vanities into beauties. Thank you so much! It helps that we have the exact same "before" photo and I love your "after"!!!

  210. Addie
    September 18, 2012 / 5:31 am

    Oh my goodness gracious!!!! I'm not sure why but I've never thought about staining my 15+ year old cabinets. They're in really great shape but have that 90's look that has quickly become out of date. Your tutorials have just saved me tons of money on a remodel and it will be so fun to do on my own. Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!!! Exactly what I need!!!!!!!!!

  211. Gisaco
    September 18, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Thank you! We have a bathroom redoux in our near future, and I love the way your cabinets look. Now, off to read more of your bogginess 🙂

  212. Deanne @ Three Trees
    September 18, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    Gorgeous! Thank you!Deanne 🙂

  213. Dave and Teneal
    September 19, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    Monica, I think I've emailed you before,… just wanted to let you know again that I'm heading out to the store to get the supplies I need now and am gonna do it!! 🙂 You are my inspiration and thousands of others as well. Most of them just don't say anything b/c they are so consumed and amazed by what they just read! -Take it as a compliment! Just like if you cook a good meal, if there isn't much said at the table, it means it's THAT good that you basically shut them up! 😉 You're a gem!

  214. Eileen
    September 19, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    Your cabinet looks great! I just might get up the guts to give this a try. Thank you!

  215. Misty Wear
    September 19, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    I found this blog on Pinterest, and immediately wanted to try to stain my bathroom cabinets. I have natural maple cabinets, which are beautiful, but the sun is causing them to become discolored. I decided to give this a try. I am still in the staining process, but I have finally gotten the Espresso color I was after. It took about 5 coats for my cabinets to get there. There were some great tips on here and tons of reassurance, which I needed. I just ordered the poly so I can finish up the top coats next week. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this and providing so much information. This was so helpful!

  216. Ashley
    September 19, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to show me how you did this and go into such detail!! I had been thinking about doing this with an old dining set and your post made me realize its not going to be as hard as I thought! I so can't wait to get started!!

  217. Kim
    September 20, 2012 / 2:51 am

    You did a fabulous job – on both the cabinets and the tutorial! I think I may now be brave enough to try this in my kitchen once I get a couple of other rooms done. And I hear you about blog comments! I think my blog has a total of four comments, LOL!

  218. J squared
    September 20, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Thanks so much. I really want to do this!

  219. Jenn
    September 20, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    I'm so excited to try this in my kitchen! I love my cabinets layout, but hate the oak color, so this is the perfect solution. Thanks for your tips and pictures :o)

  220. Saucy Sandals
    September 21, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    Saw this on pinterest (surprise!) and love it. Can't wait to get some time to try it out. Thanks for the post!

  221. Mandy
    September 21, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Looks great. I appreciate tips!

  222. RobynB
    September 23, 2012 / 3:05 am

    Super job on your projects, especially the wood staining. My bathroom cabinent looks like yours did and I was wondering what to do with it. You have inspired me so now I'm going to try it out! Thanks for posting your blog, it's great!

  223. Tam
    September 23, 2012 / 6:32 am

    Just ordered the stain & poly from Amazon – should be here next week. I can't wait to start the project…on my kitchen cabinets. Yes, I'm crazy to start so big but why not!! Thank you SOOO much for all the insanely detailed directions. I kinda suck at DIY stuff, but the "don't over think it" part makes me feel like I can do this project.

  224. Tam
    September 23, 2012 / 6:37 am

    PS – your content doesn't suck. Since I found this post a couple weeks ago, I've become a fan…I'm even going back to read your old posts. Not sure if you're still wanting to delete this blog, but please don't. My evening reading time won't be the same.

  225. Unknown
    September 23, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    Excited to try it! Honey oak in bathrooms and kitchen, be gone! Thank you so much for all the info.

  226. Laura
    September 24, 2012 / 3:20 am

    This is such an awesome project! I'm house hunting right now, and knowing that this is an option in some of those yellow-y cabinets in the kitchen lets me dream. Thanks for posting, looks like you have a lot of great content here, definitely coming back to browse!!

  227. Brittany Pringle
    September 24, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    I was an English major in school and I have to say your posts have been funny and entertaining. I'm looking for this product now for future projects. Thank you for all of your time and efforts. Best Brittany

  228. Martha Winger
    September 25, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial! I ordered the gel and poly online and can't wait to tackle our bathroom cabinets this weekend.

  229. Amy
    September 26, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Thank for sharing this! I've been trying to figure out what to do with my kitchen cabinets and you've shown me the way!

  230. Jeanie
    September 26, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    I just found your blog via pinterest. I've been wanting to redo my kitchen cabinets since I moved into my house but never thought I'd be able to afford it. I can't wait to try this!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  231. Unknown
    September 27, 2012 / 12:05 am

    I can't wait to try this. Do NOT delete your blog! Great stuff!! Here's some love -> <3 <3 <3

  232. Julie Counts
    September 27, 2012 / 2:28 am

    Great job! I am super excited to try it!!!

  233. Vicki in UT
    September 27, 2012 / 5:43 am

    Thank you, this gives me so much hope. We built a house 9 years ago, and my husband insisted on the ugly oak cabinets. I hate them. But I never wanted to just paint them white, either. I love how this looks, and would like to do this in my house. BTW, I was referred here by One Good Thing by Jillee.

  234. Alison Beach
    September 27, 2012 / 4:17 pm

    Just bought the materials to do this, and I'm so so so excited! Will post/pin and give you credit once it's done!

  235. The Hulbert Family
    September 27, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    Great project! Found it on Pinterest. I will have to try this some time. I might try it on furniture first. One suggestion I have about getting more readers from Pinterest is to put the blog following section as well as the e-mail sign up closer at the top with your contact info. At first I thought, hmmm maybe she doesn't have those buttons, then I decided to look lower on the page, but usually I sign up for everything all in the same spot. You have some great stuff on your blog, and I would hate for people to miss out on it. I think people look quickly and if it's not just there, they move on. Sad but true about how we all use the computer/internet now days. Thanks again for your great stuff!

  236. Silvergirl
    September 28, 2012 / 1:17 am

    Thanks for your inspiration! I just found your blog and appreciate all your help.

  237. sarah swindell
    September 28, 2012 / 5:09 am

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Hubby has a vacation coming up and THIS is what we are doing! 😉 thank you for your hard work and all the time you have put into this tutorial!! Can't wait to get started!

  238. HimandI
    September 28, 2012 / 9:01 am

    OK! thinking here on how to put the best compliment for you. Hmm, you're so freaking talented!!!!!! I wish we were neighbors, or better: SISTERS!!!!!! Inspire. Inspire away, sister!!! That's how we spread knowledge and love onto others. 😀

  239. Jess
    September 29, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Sometimes I feel like a lot of people these days (and shamefully me included sometimes)don't think about all of the effort that people put into things. My husband experiences this in his photography. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to do so.

  240. Maria586
    September 30, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    This blog is awesome! I will definitely be telling my friends about it. We are closing on a house on Thursday and I will have one month to fix everything up (it's stuck in the 1980s) and I plan on staining everything based on your blog. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

  241. Cristina Hernandez
    October 1, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    Thank you for this great information! I'm a DIY'er and this is one thing I haven't tackled… I can't wait! Keep up the great work and thanks again!

  242. Donna Postier
    October 2, 2012 / 4:25 am

    I'm so glad you posted this! I wasn't sure what to do with my bathroom cabinets and this blog helped me make up my mind! Weekend project, here I come!;) thank you!

  243. Georgia Blaire LaVere
    October 2, 2012 / 9:33 am

    great post!!! thank you for sharing the awesome ideas and a FAQ!!!

  244. MaLee
    October 2, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Whoop whoop! Just read this tutorial and I'm super excited about it! Thank you SO much for sharing. I'm in the process of buying my first house and GASP! there is ugly oak builder grade cabinets EVERYWHERE! I'm a HUGE DYI and i love projects but your mind automatically goes to "man we are gonna have to replace ALL these ugly cabinets to get what we want." I feel so inspired by your tutorial and I cant wait for us to close so I can start beautifying my place. THANK YOU!

  245. Rhonda
    October 3, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I'm excited to give it a try! Your directions are excellent. I've pinned this, so when I'm ready to tackle my project, I've got it at my fingertips! I'm excited! Thank you!!

  246. Sarah W.
    October 3, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    Found you on Pinterest and just read through all you FAQ's, new follower here and leaving you some love! 😉 Thank you for doing this!! I am dying to do something like this to our cabinets/cupboards in our whole house, along with all the window frames, door frames and doors. They are all that awful honey oak color and I hate it. The only thing is that we are only renting. Now, our landlords have told us we can pretty much do what we want as long as it's not anything that is going to take away from the home's value, this totally wouldn't so it's great. But, they also said whatever we do has to be at our cost, not theirs. Grr! So, now the decision is do we want to put the money it something that isn't ours? My hubby graduates college in Spring of 2013 so if he gets a job elsewhere and we end up moving then it really would't be worth it, maybe waiting till we know is the best idea. 😉 Sorry for rambling here, lol. Love your blog! 🙂

  247. Kristin Nicole
    October 3, 2012 / 10:53 pm

    You inspired me to do my bathroom cabinets and mirror frame! I did my nightstand as well and getting ready to do our kitchen as we speak! THank you for this tutorial and FAQS page!!!

  248. KatieBee
    October 4, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Monica Also found on Pinterest – this looks like a brand new piece One of the best afters I have seen online EVER!Thanks for being my personal DIY show and teller!!! 🙂

  249. Unknown
    October 5, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    I really look forward to trying this out! Thanks!

  250. ErinRDH
    October 6, 2012 / 4:02 am

    Thanks for your time! I am going to do the vanity in my spare bath this weekend! Can't wait to see it finished.

  251. Unknown
    October 7, 2012 / 5:39 am

    Love your blog! My kitchen cabinets are very similar or the same as yours and I can't wait to try this! I love the dark cabinets! I might practice on my bathroom cabinets first, just in case I screw up! Thanks so much for taking the time to type it all out and post pics!

  252. eBear Bee Bear
    October 8, 2012 / 4:08 am

    I am so happy I found this on pinterest, and absolutely THRILLED that you made the comment about "parts being laminate; treat the same as wood." A friend of mine had similar cabinets and she used some kind of paint, but it seemed to not adhere too well. This looks do-able for me, and cheaper than the new kits you can buy to "makeover" your cabinets.Thanks so much!

  253. Mrs Boyd
    October 9, 2012 / 2:31 am

    I came across your blog via another blog via Pinterest, of course! You've inspired me to seriously consider re-doing my 80's oak cabinets. Don't know if I could go that many days without my bathroom though…that's a lot of drying time. Could use the kids' bathroom, I guess. Anyways, thanks for the wealth of information!

  254. sarahgirl
    October 9, 2012 / 7:18 am

    Found this on Pinterest via Sherry from Young House Love! Awesome tutorial. I'll be browsing through the rest of your blog now!

  255. Joellen
    October 10, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  256. Darlene Cowcer
    October 10, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    Ok, I'm giving this a try. Found the Java gel a a Woodcraft store nearby. coat no 1 is drying right now . . .heading for the tequila. I follow everything to a "T" – -especially when T is for tequila. 🙂 I will send pics of my before and afters. 🙂

  257. Beth
    October 11, 2012 / 12:49 am

    Very few thank you's? From people who asked you to spend time answering their questions? WTH? Well, I would like to say thank you in advance of pinning for taking such painstaking time to document your projects. We aren't all mannerless goons.

  258. Cindy Chen
    October 11, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    I'm SO doing this.My only fear is that I'll get a coat or two on it, turn my back, and a cat will rub on it, leaving a swath of hair. LOL!

  259. The Dixon Family
    October 12, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    We just bought a house with honey oak cabinets and baseboards everywhere! I had resigned myself to just having to live with it because stripping, sanding and staining all the woodwork in the house was something I'd have to hire someone for and it'd be so time consuming and expensive. Thank you for publishing this, this makes me feel like I could do it myself in small manageable chunks. WOO HOO! I'm going to start with the back of the laundry room cabinets as a tester though.

  260. Stephanie
    October 13, 2012 / 3:02 am

    I am so excited to give this a try in the bathrooms. What do you think about doing this over kitchen cabinets that have already been painted black?

  261. Jen C.
    October 13, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    I am going to Home Depot RIGHT NOW for supplies. So excited to try this. Thank you for all the tips and encouragement; your cabinets look amazing.

  262. Shelley
    October 14, 2012 / 3:36 am

    I wish i'd read this before redoing my table last summer! We completely stripped the wood and sanded forever!! I am going to redo my tiny bathroom vanities with your trick! Thanks for sharing. My hubby is a photographer and it seems no one really understands just how long it takes to put up good photos and create just one web page!

  263. JennyLeeG
    October 14, 2012 / 4:39 am

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing this. I am so excited to get started on my bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinets 🙂

  264. Amanda
    October 14, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I just saw this pin today and am inspired to try it. Your results look fantastic!! Mega kudos. I'll have to take some before & afters and share. Take care!

  265. Amanda
    October 14, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I just saw this pin today and am inspired to try it. Your results look fantastic!! Mega kudos. I'll have to take some before & afters and share. Take care!

  266. Kim
    October 15, 2012 / 1:09 am

    Amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!

  267. Kim
    October 15, 2012 / 2:24 am

    I am really excited to find this. Thank you so much. We're buying a home with 20+ yo oak cabinets–yuck–but can't afford a new kitchen. I really didn't want to do the same-o by painting them white and I love dark wood cabinets. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  268. Jodi
    October 15, 2012 / 4:57 am

    Thank you! I've stained two bathroom vanities this year using your tutorial. Now I am trying to psyche myself up to do the stair banister and railing… Thank you for your awesome tutorial!!!

  269. Unknown
    October 15, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    My husband and I just got married and bought a house, and I'm doing exactly this to our bathroom vanity. I cannot wait until it's done, and I'm so excited to do it. Your tutorial seems simple to follow, and I love the pictures that you've provided as well. I have no doubt it will turn out just as beautiful as yours. THANK YOU SO MUCH and good luck with your kitchen!!

  270. - Dani
    October 17, 2012 / 3:15 am

    Found on pinterest via mfamb. Would love to do this in my kitchen. Thanks for your hard work.

  271. Jamie
    October 17, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    amazing! and I hate when I take all kinds of time to answer a person's questions and don't even get a "thank you". There seems to be an atmosphere of "this blogger owes me some answers" out there sometimes… unless the person is a blogger herself she often doesn't realize just how much time and love goes into each post. You do great work, so keep it up!

  272. schnzchx
    October 17, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    I've been looking for this info forever!!!! Thank God I found you! I know I saw something similar to this on HGTV or TLC a few years ago, but didn't catch the entire show, so I never knew the products they used! Cross my fingers….this will be a winter project for my kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets.

  273. Cindy Gossett
    October 18, 2012 / 1:28 am

    Thank you for the great information. I have been debating on whether to strip and restain my bathroom cabinets and you have TOTALLY inspired me!!! Whoop. I'm new to your blog… just saw this in Pinterest. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

  274. Erin Stack
    October 19, 2012 / 12:37 am

    Awesome tutorial! Husband just followed your directions to redo a dresser and it looks fab! Cant wait till you post pics of your kitchen when it is done.

  275. Erin Stack
    October 19, 2012 / 12:38 am

    Awesome tutorial! Husband just followed your directions to redo a dresser and it looks fab! Cant wait till you post pics of your kitchen when it is done.

  276. Betty
    October 19, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    I always see ugly golden oak fury inure at garage sales for cheap, and I will pass it by no more thanks to you!

  277. Cathy Temple
    October 19, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    I am planning on doing this kind of thing to a vintage bedroom set. Thanks for the great tut. Now I think I will have the confidence to go for it.

  278. Hosneara Begum
    October 19, 2012 / 10:25 pm

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  279. Emily
    October 20, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    I love these posts, thank you for sharing!

  280. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 / 3:07 am

    You may have saved my marriage. When we got married last year, we were so graciously gifted with the ugliest dresser that I've ever seen in my entire life from my husband's grandparents. It's a family antique or something, so we've never been able to get rid of it, and because it's laminate, I've been terrified to paint it. I've been engaged in a staring death match with the thing for a year praying that just that corner of my house would catch fire or have flood damage or get carried away by a tornado. I can't wait to see how it looks after I start this tutorial ASAP.

  281. Carol
    October 21, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    thanks for the great tutorial!

  282. Brooke Ervin
    October 22, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    I just saw your blog and I really appreciate the time you put into it! I will definitely be using your tips! Thanks!

  283. esty lin
    October 23, 2012 / 9:20 am

    Thanks for all of the information! We just bought our first home, and updating the oak cabinets is something we're interested in. We'll be sure to use your guide as a resource!

  284. EricaLib
    October 23, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    I'm really looking forward to trying this! We just bought our first home and the bathrooms are… BORING! I was planning on painting my master bath cabinets black but this looks fantastic! I'll be sure to check back to see your kitchen progress next year.

  285. Carolyn Carlton
    October 23, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    Love this tutorial, I am getting ready to do my vanity and hope it turns out as great as yours.

  286. Unknown
    October 24, 2012 / 2:28 am

    Im so happy I found you (from another pinner on Pinterest). Now I just need to convince my husband that I CAN DO THIS!

  287. Tiffany
    October 24, 2012 / 2:57 am

    My sister followed your tutorial with great success!I appreciate your honesty…and humor!

  288. Shelly
    October 25, 2012 / 3:10 am

    Love what you did and how you described it. Also, your comments after all the Pinterest traffic. It must get frustrating to have the same questions over and over. However, it lets you know that people found you. I think you have inspired me to finally tackle my large kitchen, thanks for taking the time for the rest of us to learn and follow.

  289. Sharde
    October 25, 2012 / 5:37 am

    hi monica! thanks so much for posting this. and updating all of this. i did find it on pinterest and I also followed your blog as a true thank you! i really appreciate it and totally understand your comment about basically pulling your hair out bc you don't feel like your blog is growing and you really want it to. its so hard as bloggers not to compare ourselves to other bloggers and get blog envy. youre amazing and keep doing what you're doing. i appreciate it. 🙂

  290. Beth
    October 26, 2012 / 12:52 am

    Thank you for your post…I re-pinned it from someone a couple months ago and am getting ready to try it. First on our bathroom vanity and then if all goes well, on our kitchen cabinets. We happen to have a woodcraft semi-close, so i'm making a trip there next week to pick up the gel stain you recommended. Thanks!

  291. Angie
    October 26, 2012 / 2:22 am

    I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing, I had no idea this gel stuff existed and I was trying to figure out how to do a stairway rail.

  292. Karen
    October 26, 2012 / 3:22 pm

    Which stain exactly? Will it work on my cabinet? I am not sure I think it's true. Maybe you made it up?I'm kidding, of course. Thanks for the tutorials, and the details. And the prompt to show some love. I'm a newbie and didn't know! Seriously. I thought you guys just did this because you were a little bit nutty. (um. wait.) ;)I pledge, from this point on, to show appreciation and to follow and to spread the word when I glom on to someone else's brilliant and brave idea. I think I'm also going to try this on my white bathroom cabinet. It could hardly get worse. Here's hoping!

  293. Tisha
    October 27, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I am going to give this a try on bunk beds. 🙂

  294. Shelby Allison
    October 27, 2012 / 11:24 pm

    Just finished the first coat in our master bath. Thanks so much for posting this! I can't wait to see it when it's finished! 🙂

  295. Mrs. Jones from the Circus
    October 28, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    I found you project on Pinterest. My house if packed full of very shapely wood…but it's mostly light oak. I love the wood grain but want it darker. Thanks for a well written tutorial. I'm going to give this a try next summer…in my basement before I'm skilled and brave enough to attack my mantle, crown molding, etc. Thanks again!!

  296. Thrifty Mama
    October 29, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial. I was getting ready to invest in the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation system but now I am going to do it this way and save a ton of money! I can't wait to get started – hope they have the stain on Amazon again. Don't stop blogging; we are reading 😉

  297. Denise
    October 29, 2012 / 11:41 pm

    This tutorial is going to change my life! 🙂 My husband and I just bought a house and allllll of the wood in it is the wretched honey colored oak. So, I'm starting with the bathroom and working my way around! Thank you so much for putting all of the time and effort into putting this tutorial together, it's fantastic! I'll let you know how it goes! 🙂

  298. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 / 2:32 pm

    My wife and I just started this project…first coat went on the vanity doors last night. It looks so much better already, and my wife has thought of at least three other pieces of furniture to which she wants to apply this treatment. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial…saved us a ton of money in not having to replace our existing pieces. 🙂

  299. Kristen Bishop
    October 30, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Going to be doing this in our bathroom, thanks for the Q&A!!

  300. Angela
    October 31, 2012 / 12:41 am

    Love this idea! Can't wait to try it!!

  301. Debra and Eric
    October 31, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    Seriously amazing transformation! You've inspired me to attach my own retro cabinets. Thanks for such a clear tutorial and all of the experience you've shared!

  302. Jenn
    November 1, 2012 / 4:40 am

    You, my dear, are my inspiration! I am so tired of my kids bathroom which has the oak cabinets and my hubby wanted me to paint the walls, but I just wasn't feeling it. Now I can picture the darker cabinets with a lighter color of paint and I'm excited to dive in! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  303. Bathrobe Bitch
    November 1, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    I also found this on Pintrest. Excellent tutorial – thank you!

  304. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 / 2:03 am

    I found this tutorial through "One Good Thing by Jillee" and LOVE it. Thank you for beta testing your projects for us! I am excited to explore the rest of your blog and have added you to the blogroll. *smile* We live in Chicago, currently in a rental coach house that is amazing (wood floors, tall ceilings, etc.) but the previous tenants beat it with an ugly stick. Case in point? On move in day I got to ponder how to handle a construction orange kitchen with generic honey oak kitchen cabinets. Uh…maybe they were going for cheery? and ended up with colors that really clashed? Did I mention our front room was a lovely shade of joker purple? Many many coats of joker purple gloopy paint? *laugh*We have been working on decorating in a way that doesn't make our eyes bleed and this cabinet staining tutorial will be perfect for our freshly painted bright white kitchen (think more ikea, less construction zone walls).Much appreciated!

  305. Ever Pensive
    November 4, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Your content is awesome, you're awesome, please keep blogging! =) Thank you for taking the time to put this tutorial up here, now I have a new project to work on.

  306. Lianne McLaughlin
    November 4, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    You say you should treat laminate/particle board the same. Does that mean you should sand it first?

  307. anstargel
    November 5, 2012 / 9:02 am

    I ordered the java ,should come tomorrow …………..for the past 2 days i redid my countertops with vinyl floor tiles………came out awesome ……..cant wait to stain my cabinets, i bought cupped seashell gold cabinet handles. my 200 dollar kitchen will look like a 5000 kitchen. Thanks for your blog and for sharing. It means so much to have such an inexpensive upgrade. thank you thank you thank you 🙂

  308. anstargel
    November 5, 2012 / 9:05 am

    Thanks for your tutorial……..im waiting for the Java to come via amazon……….just did my entire counter tops with vinyl floor squares .Came out awesome…..cant wait to do cabinets bought gold seashell handles thank you thank you thank you

  309. saraiwithani
    November 5, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    I have followed your directions step by step and am currently waiting for my final coat to dry. This tutorial has been a life saver and I can't say thanks enough! The finished product is far better than I dreamed and I couldn't be more pleased with the results! So thank you, thank you, thank you!

  310. Marisa
    November 5, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    I've read your staining post and faq post and as a remodel novice, I totally feel like I can do this. I totally get your frustration wondering if anyone is using your great tutorial or just being negative! It's the squeaky wheels…but really thank you so much for your tutorials. I am in awe of all the creative people out there!! Thanks again for all your help and hard work!

  311. Shelly
    November 6, 2012 / 4:33 am

    Thanks soooo much for the detailed info! Gonna do this in our kitchen next month and will keep the iPad set on these posts! 🙂

  312. MrsJ
    November 6, 2012 / 5:05 am

    I have scoured Pinterest for a way that I could refinish some cabinets without the horrible task of sanding and prepping. I am sooooo excited to find your post! I WILL be "surprising" my husband with a bathroom makeover! Hopefully I will inspire him to makeover the kitchen! I even ordered everything you recommended on Amazon, so it will be here in only 2 short days! THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  313. Kristi Cappa
    November 6, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    I am just about ready to start putting my poly coats on and I want to thank you so much for this wonderful idea. The cabinets look beautiful and after I'm done with these, I'm going to do the same to our other bathroom.

  314. Kristine
    November 6, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this. I just did my Vanity and LOVE it! Now I'm working on my kitchen!! 🙂 I know you said your not answering anymore questions about it, but if you have a minute I was wondering where did you come up with the drying time? On the stain it only says a 6-8 hours. Did you just decide to let it dry for that long?

  315. ECK
    November 6, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    Thank you for giving me a GREAT option to the expense of replacing outdated cabinetry! I can't wait to try your ideas out! And thanks for sharing your expertise in general — LOOOOOVE the mercury glass pumpkins!!

  316. Robyn
    November 7, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    I just finished the first coat and was so shocked that the stain was the consistency of pudding! I thought it would be really watery and drip everywhere. I was just going to use foam brushes, but the sock worked perfectly, just like you said. I am so excited to see how this turns out!THANK YOU!Robyn

  317. Robyn
    November 7, 2012 / 10:07 pm

    did you stain the inside of the cabinet doors (the center panel)? I was just going to do around that part and leave the center lighter, but decided to stain the middle panel on the back. Hope it turns out ok.

  318. Stephanie
    November 7, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    Beautiful! I've read good things about General Finishes gel stain but your comments along with your photos have made me a believer! I want to stain my oak kitchen cabinets and oak staircase – banister and treads. I'm going to trust what you said about lightly sanding and hope I've taken off enough of the finish for the stain to penetrate. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm so glad you didn't delete this, although I certainly understand your frustration.

  319. Stephanie
    November 7, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    Beautiful! I've read good things about General Finishes gel stain but your comments along with your photos have made me a believer! I want to stain my oak kitchen cabinets and oak staircase – banister and treads. I'm going to trust what you said about lightly sanding and hope I've taken off enough of the finish for the stain to penetrate. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm so glad you didn't delete this, although I certainly understand your frustration.

  320. CreatingMyMoments
    November 8, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    NICE. That vanity came out great. Some do not realize how easy staining can be, and with a little bit of effort, you can turn something old into something new. We sell new vanities, cabinets and more throughout the Carolina's and most states in the US. If you ever need more cabinets, please let us know! http://www.carolinaheartwoodcabinetry.com

  321. Anonymous
    November 8, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    Thanks for posting, I bought the stain on Amazon and it arrived today. I can't wait to try it! We are losing a few honey oak cabinets in the kitchen (due to purchasing and over-the-range microwave) so I am going to test it out on the doors, make sure I like it, then do the entire kitchen! Our kitchen is very "country" looking, and that is just not our style, new cabinets are so expensive, so I found your blog post on Pinterest, and am thrilled to find an inexpensive way to make our kitchen look more modern! Thanks again!

  322. Gunnell Fam
    November 9, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    I have ALWAYS wanted dark cabinets, too. I have the same honey oak as you and love that you posted this. Now I just need to do it! Finding the time with three little ones is my challenge. 🙂

  323. Kim & Hannah
    November 10, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    Thank you! I just bought a new house (it's amazing except for all of the builder grade oak!!!) and plan to try this trick on cabinets, doors, and maybe a few pieces of furniture!!!! I can't wait to try your methods your vanity is beautiful.

  324. Kim & Hannah
    November 10, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Thank you! I just bought a new house (it's amazing except for all of the builder grade oak!!!) and plan to try this trick on cabinets, doors, and maybe a few pieces of furniture!!!! I can't wait to try your methods your vanity is beautiful.

  325. Mandy's cookin
    November 11, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    Hi,Would you mind letting me know if you did use the color "antique walnut". Thank you,Mandy

  326. Carmen Dean
    November 11, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    Thank you so so much for posting this information. PLEASE know that many of us really appreciate it. My husband and I just recently (within the past 3 days) decided to stain our cabinets a darker color and your information has helped us TREMENDOUSLY! I'll post before and after pictures when we're done. Thanks again!! 🙂

  327. Tinya Ramirez
    November 14, 2012 / 1:11 am

    just saw your blog pinned on pinterest…i am dying to do my cabinets everywhere in our house. we just bought it a couple months ago and i have to admit the thought of tackling them is overwhelming, plus i'm pregnant right now, plus i'm just downright procrastinating. however, i plan on trying out your method on my bathroom first…wish me luck! thanks for blogging your ideas!

  328. Trish
    November 14, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    Thank you!!

  329. Creative Lady
    November 16, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much. I have just completed my bathroom and it looks fantastic! It uses so little stain I have almost the full can left…wondering what to move onto next. Thinking my oak veneer dining table. Thanks again!C.Martin – Halifax, NS, Canada

  330. JamieJoe
    November 16, 2012 / 7:56 pm

    Great tutorial, thanks for putting in the effort to take step by step pics while taking on such a scary project! I have done my kitchen cabinets dark by completely sanding them and want to do my bathrooms in a much less time consuming way. This is the solution! Thanks again 🙂

  331. Keri-Ann
    November 16, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Found your blog through pinterest and I. Love. It. 😀 Repinned your tutorial and will be having a sit-down "THIS is what I want for Christmas" talk with the hubs this evening! 😉 THIS is a totally manageable project… as long as I can figure out how to keep my kids off it while it dries. 😛 Thanks for the post!

  332. Michelle M. Nebel
    November 17, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    I'm living in my "five-year-plan" house — that is, we know we'll be here for at least three more years, but at that point we may need to move into something with more space (growing kids, yada yada) — so hubby and I are in CONSTANT talks about what to do with our kitchen and bathrooms. He wants the look of espresso or super-dark cherry cabs and new stainless appliances and brushed nickel hardware; hey, who can blame him?! I don't want to spend a cartload of money on a place we will probably sell in just a few years. So I'm on the lookout for ways we can get the look of upgrades without going all-out on brand new everything.This tutorial and FAQ are *brilliant*! I like your style, lady. Thanks for sharing what worked for you! (Found you through a friend's Pin, and now I'm planning to click around the rest of your blog and grab your feed.)

  333. ValerieH
    November 19, 2012 / 2:42 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put together this amazing tutorial and FAQ! Your cabinets look just gorgeous and your detailed step-by-step made this seem like something I could do, too! I'm sure you'll never know how many others you've inspired, even if they don't take the time to post. Thanks for all of your efforts, and I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

  334. -Candi
    November 19, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    You are awesome for posting not only the original tutorial but this additional info, and your style of writing makes me smile. I absolutely ADORE dark cabinets and as we're renting now and living with the most horrible old stained white laminate hot mess in the kitchen and bathrooms you've given our house hunting new life. No longer will miles of light oak scare me away from a potential new house, I know I can remedy it…. and stair cases, and bathroom vanities, and old furniture and on my I wish they sold that stuff by the gallon LOL

  335. doublekmom1
    November 20, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    You may have saved 3 rooms worth of cabinetry and my sanity. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and the faq. It may be a few months until I can start this but I will be sure to send you the before and after oics

  336. Jenn
    November 23, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    I am waiting for my final stain coat to dry and then I can poly! I am so excited already at how it looks! I did our small kids bathroom (even smaller than yours) and it looks so good. 🙂 Thank you for giving me the courage to get rid of that fading builder grade oak. I can't wait to get to my bathroom, my outdoor bench :), and our kitchen!! Woohoo! You rock Monica!! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.

  337. Mazie
    November 24, 2012 / 1:45 am

    just found this on pinterest as well – thanks for posting!! i'm glad you didn't delete it either. definitely going to use it someday!

  338. Janae
    November 25, 2012 / 4:21 am

    I am so excited to try this! My DH is against painting but he said we can try this! Thank you!

  339. Dave Bartsch
    November 25, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Thank you for posting. I appreciate the information and hope to be able to do this soon.

  340. Mrs. Wilton
    November 25, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    This looks so awesome. I hate our kitchen cabinets now. I'm going to do this during the summer. I'm a teacher. I will post about it then. Thanks so much for posting such helpful instructions!

  341. Jessica Dempsey
    November 27, 2012 / 2:38 am

    Thanks for the great information. I want to do this to both bathrooms and the kitchen! I am a Realtor and I will suggest it to my clients who have wood color issues. Thanks, Jessica Dempsey, Keller Williams, Austin, TX.

  342. Hope
    November 27, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    Wow, thanks!

  343. Hope
    November 27, 2012 / 11:29 pm

    Wow, thanks!

  344. Micah's Mom
    November 28, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    I found this on Pinterest!! love the idea.. can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing..

  345. sara
    November 29, 2012 / 1:05 am

    Thanks, will try it soon!

  346. Audrey
    November 29, 2012 / 1:54 am

    Hi Monica ~ I found your staining technique on Pintrest. I was skeptical – it seemed too easy. I had a hideous honey oak wall unit – very functional but very ugly. I paid $120 for it at the Salvation Army so I thought "what is the worst that could happen?" I followed your instructions to the letter. The first couple of coats were as bad as you said they would be …….. then things started happening. I now have a beautiful piece of furniture in my den & I am currently working on my dining table. The only thing I did differently – I used Minwax Gel Stain. Thanks very much for your tutorial – especially the pictures. Great job! Saved me a ton of money. Keep the projects coming.

  347. ks811
    December 1, 2012 / 6:29 am

    Thanks for sharing!! Ordered the stain and poly. Hoping to conquer our oak cabinets in the master bath soon! Really appreciate your blog and all the details on how to complete the project.

  348. schnzchx
    December 1, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Just wondering if you have heard from anyone who mixed stain colors? I was thinking of mixing the Java with something in the red tone, so it had a reddish tinge to it, but I still want it dark. Just curious if you did and if they had favorable results. Thanks! And love this tutorial……can't wait to give it a try…..picking up my stain next week at a local store!

  349. Gemsue
    December 3, 2012 / 1:53 am

    Sounds like you had enough with the idiocy out there….well don't give up. Some of us read well and truly appreciate your time and creativity. I have oak and never knew one could stain it! Thanks not only for the idea, but for the tutorial =)

  350. Zephyr Hill
    December 3, 2012 / 3:22 am

    Well, I imagine after 352 comments, you don't need one more, but because I'm a blogger who gets discouraged over lots of hits with nary a comment (except spam!), I want to say thank you for taking the time to post tutorials. I do them, too, and spend hours doing them and getting good photos. So I really appreciate yours and am heading over to your origiinal post. Keep up the great work!

  351. pbrenner
    December 3, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into this project and for sharing it! I've been researching how to do a dark Pottery Barn-ish finish on some furniture I have, and I like this stain method better than paint. And thanks again for NOT deleting the post … I hope lots of love and appreciation comes your way!

  352. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    Your cabinets look amazing! I found you via Owlhaven. Thank you so much for sharing all the nitty-gritty details for OCD people like me! 🙂 You've inspired me to finally tackle my kitchen cabinets.

  353. Morgan
    December 9, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    My husband will think I'm the best wife since I stumbled on EXACTLY what he wants to do to our gross honey stained cabinets. What you have pictured above is exactly what we have so I'm sure he will be starting this project now that he will know it's easy and doable! thanks! (BTW, I left this comment in hopes that you don't delete your post) 🙂

  354. Chanise
    December 10, 2012 / 4:38 am

    Thanks to you today I started the first coat on my french provincial chest that's for my master bedroom. I was going to sand it down to the bare wood until I read your comment about it not working on bare wood. Plus who wants to go through the process of sanding?! I have my fingers crossed that this will turn out great. Happy Blogging!

  355. Julia Ousley
    December 10, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Great job on the tutorial. Thanks for the info. I just bought a house and it has two colors of trim. I'm going to try to get them to match with this process. Glad u didnt delete.

  356. Julia Ousley
    December 10, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    Great info. Thanks for the tutorial. I just bought a house and has two colors of trim. I'm going to try this process to try to get them to match. Glad u didn't delete!

  357. Kara
    December 11, 2012 / 3:38 am

    Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  358. Kara
    December 11, 2012 / 3:40 am

    Thank you for this tutorial!! I now have the courage to try to redo my oak cabinets.

  359. Kara
    December 11, 2012 / 3:41 am

    Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  360. Kara
    December 11, 2012 / 3:41 am

    Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  361. Kara
    December 11, 2012 / 3:41 am

    Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  362. Gershelda Page
    December 11, 2012 / 5:06 am

    I have totally found my color for my vanity in my bathroom!!! Right now the walls are a sick blue color with that old meiling(Sp?) from the 70's I think. The vanity itself was some gross brown color and I painted them white when I moved in 12 years ago. Needless to say, I HATE my one and only bathroom 🙁 So, I have been searching the Internet, looking through mags and I have found my inspiration! Thank you for sharing this.

  363. Jackie Huston
    December 11, 2012 / 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I never realized how much effort doing all of this, (writing the blog, etc.) takes and I just thought I would take a moment and say "Thank You";0) I have the builders oak cabinets and have been wanting to do something with them however, I was afraid I would mess them up,(and my husband would kill me:0) until I read your tutorial. You have shown that it really is pretty much a fool proof process so, with this information, (probably after Santa is done) I will be getting busy. My heart felt bad for you when I read the edited version, (I really never realized how important comments were, sorry) so as I said I just want to say Thank you, and let you know you truly inspired me:0)

  364. Cheryl
    December 13, 2012 / 3:36 am

    Thanks for posting this…….I'm going to tackle my dining room table and chairs : )

  365. Elyse Alexandria
    December 13, 2012 / 6:44 am

    Never read your blog before and just found you on Pinterest and I don't even know if I will use your tutorial (maybe, but I'm sometimes kind of lazy, lol), but you are amazing for putting up with the 2000+ emails! Seriously! Super woman! And you rock! And I feel like you deserve recognition and praise in the form of my comment. Hooray for you! You have blessed many lives with this FAQ and tutorial. And please don't think I'm being sarcastic at all. I think you rock. The End 🙂

  366. Inviting Invites
    December 13, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    Just found this on pinterest. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!

  367. Valerie Jefferies
    December 14, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    I love seeing how creative people make the world beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  368. ~HS
    December 15, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    Answering your comment (quoted below): I think on your inspiration page that started this all (Jan 18, 2012), you took the words right out of my mouth. You talk like me, get excited like me, love the color (which to me calls to me like truffles and chocolate covered cherries). I've been to your blog before, off and on. I follow so many so I have some attention deficit disorder because maybe I follow too many. Since I keep fining you though, without bookmarks other than Pinterest, I'm going to say you are appreciated, enjoyed, entertaining, creative and a breath of fresh air. I usually read your blog grinning. Thanks to this tut here people can stop that horrible thing they do house shopping: "the house is perfect except the kitchen is oak… next house please!". And what's with don't do it because it's a FAD?? Hello! It's your house, you pay for it, live in it. You wouldn't dress your kids a certain way because in 20 years the kids will be horrified of the fashion of the day. Nike is on to something… just DO it."Right now I am feeling like I just want to delete this entire blog because I am frustrated that my efforts aren’t producing readers. I don’t know if you all are just shy or if my content just sucks."

  369. Ashley
    December 16, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    we are closing on a house in January and it has oak throughout the whole house. i cant wait to update room by room like you did! THANKS SO MUCH for your tutorial hugs from Idaho 🙂

  370. Katy
    December 17, 2012 / 2:28 am

    I am moving into a new home with the most awful honey (orange?!) colored oak cabinets in the kitchen. I am planning to stain them before we even move in because I don't think I could live with the orangeness of it all. Thanks for an awesome tutorial. I am ordering my General Finishes tonight, if possible.

  371. Dana Busby
    December 20, 2012 / 1:58 pm

    I love this! I am sooo grateful to have found your tutorial! I have been in my house two and a half years and have been wanting to stain my vanities and kitchen oak since we bought it and have never found any really good information on how to do it. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  372. Wendy Mayes
    December 21, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    I think that I am going to try this during Christmas break…wish me luck. If if works as well for me (which I think it will) I will send you pics. Thank you for taking your time to explain and provide a FAQ 🙂

  373. cathy
    December 21, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Many thanks ! Love how it turned out

  374. cathy
    December 21, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy your writing style too!

  375. Kathy
    December 22, 2012 / 2:11 am

    This is awesome! It turned out great. I can't wait to try it on my kitchen cabinets =)

  376. Anonymous
    December 24, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    Thank you for posting this tutorial and the follow up FAQ page. Your photos are very helpful in seeing the process as you have described it. I have been wanting to do cabinets in 2 bathrooms and the kitchen. In the past, I have looked at the pre-packaged product but did not want to spend the big bucks to "try it out". I have bookmarked your tutorial and hope to one day start with one of the bathrooms following your instructions.~June in AZ

  377. K
    December 29, 2012 / 6:18 am

    I've been planning to refinish our *beautiful* oak builder's special from the 80's main bath cabinets since we moved in five years ago… I've put it off because most DIY instructions I've seen involved chemicals and lots of stripping or sanding. I can't wait to try this out. And then it got me thinking… Maybe I could also do the ugly stair railing that doesn't match our new hardwood floors and the primed spindles that were never painted… Very thankful that you wrote this, and now I'm off to see what other colors of stain they make!

  378. Mary Beery
    December 29, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    This looks really great! I am excited to try it!

  379. Jane M
    December 29, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    You are an angel for posting this turorial and follow ups. I think your make over is gorgeous. I'm not sure I have the courage to try it on my 22 year old pine cabinets (I thought I was living in a Laura Ashley cottage in England when we did our home addition:-) but if I try it I'll let you know the outome. I think you'll be responsible for beautifying many kitchens and baths this year!

  380. AKacher
    December 29, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    I just found your blog via Pinterest. I'm so excited to try this in my bathroom. Thank you for all the tips!!

  381. Donna
    December 30, 2012 / 3:46 am

    Thank you. I am so encouraged by your results, I may have the courage to try this. I am going now to see the colors available. Thank you! Thank you!!

  382. Carrie Luke
    December 31, 2012 / 3:46 am

    I can't wait to try this in my kitchen this summer. Thanks for the tutorial! This seems manageable and looks awesome!

  383. Luka Du
    December 31, 2012 / 7:06 am

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I have moved into a house filled with a lot of light wood- floor, trim, cabinets, etc. It is so hard for me to feel at home here. I have painted walls, which helped. But my husband has drawn the line at painting woodwork. But he and I both LOVE what you have done! Thank you for showing me how to make my house a home. Love the wonderful detail and photos!

  384. Sandra Kapoun
    January 1, 2013 / 1:12 am

    I just found this via Pinterest, and i'm totally doing it in my bathroom! Can't wait! Thanks for an awesome blog!!!!!!!!

  385. Aleah Lunday
    January 1, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Simply Love It-All!

  386. Sue Ginter -- LPGA Golf Professional
    January 3, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    best blog about refinishing/painting hiney oak on the web. my bath is identical to yours, even has a little place for a chair. how are the cabinets holding up. i will ty this as oon as we lose on new place

  387. Tristen Hovendick
    January 5, 2013 / 5:44 am

    Thank you!! Been wanting to change up my (free, kind of ugly) tv cabinet/stand to match the rest of my furniture, and it looks like this is the way to go! Can't wait to start on it this weekend 🙂

  388. Kristen H
    January 6, 2013 / 4:31 am

    I am so excited to try this in my kitchen!! You make it sound so doable; thanks for the tutorial!

  389. Laura { Eye Candy Event Details}
    January 6, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    hello – found you through Pinterest but now am a fan of your FB page & your blog here. I am also a blogger (in the party world) so I "get" the people NOT leaving comments thing – so frustrating huh? Anywho – just wanted to leave a comment for ya & let you know I for one appreciated this post as I have been wanting to do this in my bathrooms & you made it look easy – so thanks! Looking forward to following ya! 😉 laura

  390. Zippy
    January 7, 2013 / 4:51 am

    Thank you so much! I plan to use your knowledge in the very near future! Thanks for this site! I will be pinning your helpful advice for sure!

  391. idontblogbutilurk
    January 7, 2013 / 11:11 pm

    On behalf of everyone who has had to look at my ugly-arse honey oak cabinets for years…thank you!

  392. Michelle Meehan
    January 9, 2013 / 1:09 am

    We moved into a new house in August that was built in 2000 – luckily the kitchen cabinets had been professionally painted – everything else though is honey oak. I am working on this now in one bathroom – just finished my last coat of the gel stain – it looks awesome! I asked my husband if he thought I should try it on the stair rails next and he thinks I should use this technique on everything that is honey oak in our house – so it looks like a lot of staining in my future. Thanks for your tutorial – it especially helped to know that the first coat wasn't going to look very pretty.

  393. Amanda D.
    January 10, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    Great tutorial. I'm going to stain my dresser! Who knew it could be this easy!

  394. Linda
    January 11, 2013 / 5:15 am

    Thanks for posting the original post and the FAQs. It looks beautiful. Now, can you tell me how to convince my husband that this lovely dark stain is gorgeous rather than the light maple stain that he is so STUCK on like it's 1992 still?! (It came with the house and I am OVER it.) Fat chance, huh? Maybe in another ten years the light maple will be back in style? 🙂

  395. Erin I
    January 12, 2013 / 4:38 am

    I'm doing this! Like, now. Well… when my stain comes in. Going to do my stair rail too!! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

  396. Bethany
    January 12, 2013 / 8:29 am

    I'm glad you didn't sand and still had fantastic results. I'm trying to get around the stripping/sanding step of refinishing. 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial!

  397. IngLee
    January 12, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    friend just pinned this and i saw it on FB. MAy do it to my sons' Jack and Jack bathroom then to our master bath. greatly dislike that oak color…a little to country for me

  398. Becca
    January 12, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    Little late to the party, but just wanted to let you know I love this tutorial! Pinning it for future reference 🙂

  399. totallytracy33
    January 13, 2013 / 4:48 am

    I just found this on Pinterest also. Those cabinets look AMAZING!! I used to be into all the light color oak back in the day but now days I am gravitating toward more dark and modern! I want to do my entire kitchen just like this!! My cabinets in there are a darker wood than that light oak, but they look so awful! Im DEFINITELY giving this a try for sure and im soooo excited!! Just ripped all the wallpaper off my upstairs bathroom wall to remodel the entire bathroom and have a vanity in there JUST like yours here, so thats gettin a facelift also!! yay!! Keep up the great work, this is AWESOME!!

  400. Rhonda D. Designs
    January 13, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    Monica.. Thank you for the time that you put in to share your experience. I absolutely love your cabinets. I will be following your tutorial exactly this next week. I am so excited. I have no doubt that my cabinets will look great because you did all the hard work for me 🙂 Thanks again!!!

  401. Grandma
    January 14, 2013 / 3:12 am

    Thank you!!! I first read this on jille's blog. You know as a non blogger I had NO idea howmuchtime went into these tutorials so i DO want you to know how much I LOVE it. Am going in for a hip replacement tomorrow and ordering the stuff today. I hope to attempt it next week as I'll have lots of time for it to dry. My cabinets are painted blue so I really want to try this. THANKS.

  402. hill8233
    January 16, 2013 / 12:12 pm

    I also found this on……surprise!…..Pinterest. Thank you so much for posting the detailed instructions and pictures. I will be doing this on my bathroom cabinets in early Spring. They are the really ugly, builder grade white cabinets. I have hated them for years and I cannot wait to do this. Love your blog!

  403. Jennifer Young
    January 17, 2013 / 6:01 am

    Pinned it! Thanks for blogging & sharing!

  404. Brandon and Mandi Hemming
    January 18, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    I am so excited to do this!! I didn't know you could stain laminate and I am HATING my daughters ugly dresser right now, so happy staining to me! Thank you for your wonderful advice.

  405. Dani
    January 19, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    Nice! Look forward to trying it!

  406. Dani
    January 19, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Nice! Can't wait to try it out!

  407. Brigs
    January 20, 2013 / 3:39 am

    Rest assured with comments or not that you have touched many and to live life and to have helped/touched just one person is a blessing….so kudos for you and keep up the creative work!!!! I just emailed you with a question!

  408. Andrea Campbell
    January 21, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Just found this tutorial and I can't wait to try it! I HATE my bathroom cabinets and my kitchen. My hubby and I are excited to try it out on the bathroom and likely the kitchen will follow. Thanks for putting in the time. I am grateful to have things like this to give me the confidence to go for it!!!

  409. Baby Reed
    January 22, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this!! I have a chest of drawers that I got (secondhand) in college. It's a great piece of furniture, but hated the honey oak/high gloss finish with way outdated hardware. I found your tutorial via another blog that I stumbled on from Pinterest, and had to use your technique! I am finished with the 3rd coat of stain and am currently letting it dry. I'm loving the new finish!!! And with the new hardware I got from ebay, I think it will be a home run when it's done! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  410. PixiePal
    January 22, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Thanks so much for going through all the effort you have to post this project and answer so many questions! I'm sorry you haven't gotten the appreciation you deserve for this. I just got back from my local (aren't I lucky) Woodcraft store – armed with 2 pints (I intend to go crazy and un-builder-orange my entire house!!!) and am SO EXCITED!!! So, my heartfelt thanks in advance for helping me remove so much ugly and so cost efficiently! God bless you and never give up your blog! Even though most people don't know enough to say "thanks," don't punish the rest of us! :O lol THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!

  411. Kasey
    January 23, 2013 / 12:29 am

    The final color is the color of my current vanity. I have a small medicine cabinet in oak that I want to use. I thought I was going to paint it, but I am going to try this! It looks great, thanks.

  412. Russ and Kendra
    January 24, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    I pinned this sometime in November of last year knowing I wouldn't get a chance to try it until this spring. Let me tell you that I am not afraid of trying to do new things, so you won't get any repeat questions for me. I'm very grateful that you can put this tutorial up for people like me who are dissatisfied with the "builder standard cabinets" that end up in each cookie cutter home. I love dark wood and can hardly wait to try it. THANK YOU!!!!!

  413. lisa hart
    January 26, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    That really turned out nice. I am going to try it on my intertainment center. Thanks for taking time to educate all of us. THANKS!!!

  414. Beth
    January 26, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you thank you! I would never have tackled this on my own, but I'm totally doing it with your guidance! I'm giddy!

  415. Erin McGargill
    January 26, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    thanks for this! I'm getting my dad'sdesk this summer that he built . we just redid our office in espresso and his is oak . it is a beautiful desk but not w our new decor . this is the solution! thx!!

  416. Erin McGargill
    January 26, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    thanks for this! I'm getting my dad'sdesk this summer that he built . we just redid our office in espresso and his is oak . it is a beautiful desk but not w our new decor . this is the solution! thx!!

  417. Chris
    January 29, 2013 / 1:08 am

    Looks great! Can't wait to try it. Very good instructions – well done!

  418. Chris
    January 29, 2013 / 1:09 am

    Great tutorial! Your end result looks wonderful – I can't wait to try it!

  419. Mercysmommy
    January 29, 2013 / 11:51 am

    Looks beautiful, thanks for sharing! Can' wait to try this on my little ones dresser!

  420. Mercysmommy
    January 29, 2013 / 11:52 am

    Looks beautiful, thanks for sharing! Can' wait to try this on my little ones dresser!

  421. Emily
    January 30, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    I just ordered my stain from Amazon, so wish me luck! I got an old desk that is the same finish as your BEFORE cabinets. I'm going to take off the doors and putty in the screw holes. I'll let you know how that works with the stain! I'm sure it'll look good. Thanks for posting the tutorial and the FAQ!

  422. Kristin Colvin
    January 31, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    I love your tutorial! The vanity looks a-mazing, I can't wait to do this to my own hideous orange cabinets 🙂

  423. Michele Buttrum
    February 3, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Well, I'm a little late on seeing this post since the last comment is from Sep of 2012. It's Sunday Feb 3 (Super Bowl Sunday!) and I love your tutorial. My boyfriend and I just bought our first house! And the cabinets are absolutely horribly outdated and of course the ugly oak color! I am really wanting to do this! Thanks for posting this tutorial. I am here via Pinterest as well. Thank you for not deleting and good luck to the kitchen re-do! Btw, your posts are greatly written. Granted I've only read through your posts about this project but I do have a tab open to read about your office and dining room post. I found you to be humorous! Keep up the good work!

    • Michele Buttrum
      February 3, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Well, now that I see all the comments weren't loaded, I'm not very behind on seeing this post. Glad you're still getting comments!

  424. Lush Mommy Sara
    February 4, 2013 / 5:02 am

    thank you so much for posting the FAQ and the original tutorial!! we are SO excited to try this on our bathroom first and then our kitchen cabinets! we had a quote from a contractor for over $7000 just to cut new doors and stain our cabinets! NO WAY! so now we are ready to do this ourselves, thanks again!! xoxo 🙂

  425. Karen McCall
    February 4, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    Pinterest Your Pin caught my attention and I followed the thread to your blog. This was very well done, you've got a great hook with the project picture, you're driving traffic, you've put together a great how-to causing the Gel company to run short of inventory. Consequently, I think the folks over at General Finishes ought to give you more than a thank-you-ma'am, but ought to ship you a case of products and a gift card!Like MStine from September I've used Old English Furniture polish for staining – although it's not intended for that purpose – and I can't wait to try this method.

  426. andrade05
    February 6, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    I followed your steps and it worked out beautifully! Thank you! I will be doing my kitchen next 🙂

  427. Ben Coe
    February 8, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    So, I am getting ready to start my project, and when I received my stain, it had leaked inside the bag. What is the normal thickness/texture of the stain? I mean I understand that it's supposed to be a gel, but does it flow at all? My stain looks about like a block of jello with a little bit of water on top, kind of like those pre-made jello/fruit bowls while they're warm. Do I need to stir it at all? The company said it will be May before they will have any to send me a replacement.

  428. sweet savy girl designs
    February 12, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Wow! Your cabinets look amazing & I am going to start this project next week!! I have 3 bathrooms, a kitchen & a laundry room to do but I am excited! Thanks for your amazing post with such incredible directions.

  429. Sara Hagan
    February 16, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    I just found this on pinterest and my husband and I close on our first house in two weeks. I know that I want to do this on our new bathroom vanity and I'm so excited to try it. Thank you so much for posting this!!! I will let you know how it goes!

  430. Jenna
    February 17, 2013 / 7:48 pm

    Ok, I am so totally intrigued by this!!! I have some {okay lots…kitchen and bathroom} cabinets that I want to try painting, but just haven't worked up the energy. Thanks for sharing all this info! I'm off to read your tutorial!!

  431. Pat
    February 19, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    This is an awesome project. I keep coming back to it but havent' gotten the nerve to try it. My kitchen cabinets have a pretty heavy coat of poly finish on them. Like, so heavy I don't think any wood grain would show through. Has anyone tried the gel stain on top of something like this?

  432. Louise (KardKrazy)
    February 21, 2013 / 10:05 am

    Thanks so much for this info! I've saved it for possible use in the future

  433. Lacey and Mark
    February 21, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    Just commenting to let you know I have READ and my hubby and I plan on staining in the next couple months! Starting with a bathroom and plan to do the WHOLE KITCHEN! Can't wait!!!

  434. Lacey and Mark
    February 21, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    Alsoooo, any way you can post a pic of the triangle things you got to prop things up so you can stain all sides at once?? XO THANKS!

  435. Cindi Kiper
    February 22, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    Thank you!! You have great ideas!! 🙂

  436. Cindi Kiper
    February 22, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you!! You have great ideas!! 🙂

  437. Tonya
    February 23, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    I would love to try this over my spring break! Thanks for sharing your idea and tutorial! Your cabinets look beautiful!

  438. Candice Nycz
    February 24, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this blog! We have just bought a house with a huge kitchen and of course, it is going to take a fortune to re-do. So while we are saving for a new kitchen (it will probably take a couple years), I would like to have it look decent and hold me over not to just rushing into re-doing the kitchen. I am going to start this project in the next few weeks here. It looks very easy, just time consuming. So here goes nothing! Thanks for this awesome fix that is pretty cheap to do 🙂

  439. Mercedes
    February 25, 2013 / 3:29 am

    It really looks great. My husband and I just bought our first home and we found this tutorial an excellent idea to start our first DIY project as well. Once it is done, I'll try to post the outcome. Thank you for your blog.

  440. Kim Thomas
    February 25, 2013 / 4:17 am

    I am currently in the process of doing both of my bathrooms and my kitchen is next. I'm a HUGE DIY'er and I LOVE this post. I can't believe how easy it really is. I love the fact it actually works. I have shared it with multiple friends and you have inspired me to start blogging myself. I feel people may be more inspired to do something if they personally know someone that has done it. I like challenges and the cost savings of DIY projects. Just giving you a big shout out of my appreciation for this awesome detailed blog and how you have literally remodeled my home.

  441. Nicole
    February 26, 2013 / 5:44 am

    SO helpful Thank you for your efforts.

  442. Serena DeCesare
    February 28, 2013 / 12:56 am

    This is THE best tutorial I have found for staining cabinets! I have been so inspired and actually feel confident after reading this! I just wanted to send my dearest thanks!

  443. CamilleW
    February 28, 2013 / 4:41 am

    I just heard about your blog from a friend of mine who used this tutorial for her kitchen cabinets. They turned out GREAT! This is just in time as I'm about to restain my grandmother's bedroom suite for my son. This sounds perfect! Thanks! The tutorial is great!

  444. Bloom
    March 2, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Thanks! I can't wait to try it on my bathroom! If all goes well, I will try to persuade my husband to let me do this in our kitchen! Thanks for your time sharing!

  445. HeatherVMS
    March 3, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Looks amAzing! I'd really like to try this! Thanks for your time and effort and sharing with us all!

  446. Trai
    March 3, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Found you on Pinterest. Very helpful. I've redone cabinets in the past using paint and glaze but never tried gel stain. I've almost convinced myself to try it in my kitchen.

  447. Breckan
    March 3, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    Love the blog post! Putting it on my honey-do list! 🙂

  448. Eva B
    March 4, 2013 / 6:15 am

    Your AWESOME, Thank you for sharing your talent. I'm going to use this on everything, bathroom, night stands, head board, bookshelves, every oak thin in my house. Thank you again.

  449. Victorian Lady
    March 5, 2013 / 2:12 am

    Bought the stain today! Thank you for the post! 😀

  450. Kristina
    March 5, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    I'm sorry that this is turning out to be a headache for you, and that people aren't giving you thanks. I appreciate you posting this, and I'm hoping parts of it (I already have different stain, etc.) will help me next week when I attempt to help my husband stain a bench and three chairs. Hope you feel the love! 🙂

  451. nlowe
    March 6, 2013 / 4:28 am

    YAY! SO excited about this post! I will be buying some stain and poly and getting to work very soon 🙂

  452. Kris
    March 6, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Heard about your tutorial from a friend. Great job! Very through but not overly wordy. I hate it when bloggers take forever to get to the meat of what I want to know. Definately going to practice on the bathroom and then it's off to the kitchen and stair railings! Can't wait!

  453. chtodd
    March 8, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    I am using this method right now on a bathroom vanity. I am following it exactly and it has been really easy, but I do have a question: Do any of the "brush" marks show when it is finished? I know that they aren't really brush marks because we are using a sock, but on the first cabinet door, I can see some marks in the corners where two pieces of wood meet on an angle. I was much more careful on the second door and used a thinner coat in case I was putting it on too thick, but it came out lighter than your pictures of the first coat. I continued on and did thinner coats on subsequent coats and they were still lighter. It is now the same color as the first cabinet door, but took about 5 coats to get there, not three. Soooooo…my question is, did you have any brush marks from applying the stain, and if so, did they go away when you applied the poly? I just want to make sure that I am not doing anything wrong before I apply the poly and start on the fronts of the doors.Thank you so much! This is the most helpful tutorial out there for refinishing cabinets!

  454. Anonymous
    March 9, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    If only we didn't rent our place… *sigh* I would SO do this.

  455. Jen Wemp
    March 10, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Found this via PINTEREST ans am thinking if experimenting on a night stand and pub table. Thx for your tutorial !

  456. shanna83
    March 11, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    This was the first pin I seen on my pinterest page and couldn't come at a better time! I need to redo my vanity and this is what I'm looking for! Thank you for taking time to post this I appreciate it:)

  457. shanna83
    March 11, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    This was the first pin I seen on my pinterest page and couldn't come at a better time! I need to redo my vanity and this is what I'm looking for! Thank you for taking time to post this I appreciate it:)

  458. shanna83
    March 11, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    This was the first pin I seen on my pinterest page and couldn't come at a better time! I need to redo my vanity and this is what I'm looking for! Thank you for taking time to post this I appreciate it:)

  459. shanna83
    March 11, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    This was the first pin I seen on my pinterest page and couldn't come at a better time! I need to redo my vanity and this is what I'm looking for! Thank you for taking time to post this I appreciate it:)

  460. Cami Coll
    March 11, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to post this. I'm going to try it out in the bathroom and if it goes well, the kitchen as well. Thanks!

  461. Brittany
    March 12, 2013 / 2:53 am

    Found via another blog. Definitely going to try this on my coffee table! Thanks for the countless hours spent!

  462. Brittany
    March 12, 2013 / 2:53 am

    Found via another blog. Definitely going to try this on my coffee table! Thanks for the countless hours spent!

  463. Anonymous
    March 12, 2013 / 3:48 am

    This is awesome! Exactly what I need to fix the ugly builders grade oak in my kitchen. I am super excited about starting this project!! I may even do the a china cabinet I'm inheriting, which, more than likely, is ugly 🙂 You have made this so simple…I really appreciate the time and detail you put into the tutorial! Gettig ready to fish through the rest of your blog. Thanks for giving me the direction (and courage!) to start the kitchen project!!

  464. PjsHoneyBee
    March 12, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    So excited!!! My sister did this in her bathroom after reading your very detailed and easy to read blog. I totally fell in love and after seeing your beautiful transformation, I am in the drying process of my own bathroom cabinets. I have plans of doing my hand rail, kitchen cabinets, other bathrooms……. Thank you! Missy

  465. Unknown
    March 16, 2013 / 3:24 am

    Sorry you haven't gotten enough love, Thank you for a knowledgable post written in a way thats fun to read.

  466. Rachel Jaudon
    March 19, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    Great tutorial – thanks for you help!

  467. barcenasj
    March 21, 2013 / 12:12 am

    great, detailed tutorial! 🙂 question…can you use a differnt stain? as in more of a dark mohagony vs espresso/black? or will a lighter stain show more imperfections?

  468. Jennifer Prest
    March 24, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    I am so happy I came across your blog via Pinterest. I have been debating refinishing my honey pine bedroom furniture and now I have the confidence (and tutorial) to do so. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I never would have done it hadn't I came across your blog 🙂

  469. Kim Bell
    March 24, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    And so it begins….thank you for the awesome tutorial ….we are set to go!

  470. Kim Bell
    March 24, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    And so it begins….thank you for the awesome tutorial ….we are set to go!

  471. Mrs. H
    March 25, 2013 / 3:32 am

    Thank you! I can't wait to try this on my kitchen cabinets!

  472. Star Shields
    March 25, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    thanks for the tutorial! I started this on a small cabinet this weekend. I did the first two coats and didn't see much difference between the first and second coats so I got a roller for stain ahs the third coat came out beautifully! Can't wait to apply the poly next weekend.

  473. Anonymous
    March 25, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    Love it! I've ordered the products and will start on my bathroom cabinets as soon as it arrives! Thanks for your detailed post on how to accomplish this DIY project. 🙂

  474. CAM
    March 26, 2013 / 2:05 am

    Thank you for all the legwork, I am inspired to try this now…

  475. Kebi Cedawna
    March 26, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Thanks so much, I am excited to give this a try!

  476. The Beesley Family
    March 26, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

  477. Heather King
    March 27, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    LOVE! I'm moving into a new home FILLED with honey oak and this gives me hope! 🙂

  478. lizalu11
    March 27, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    Beautiful. Can't wait to try this. Thank you for your really thorough and reassuring tutorial and FAQ's!!!

  479. Karen Duncan
    March 30, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    Found you via Pinterest and I am inspired! Plenty of extra socks around here and an ugly oak cabinet in our downstairs bathroom that is screaming for a make-over! Thank you so much for your time and efforts. The dry time is intimidating but it's just one cabinet…how bad can it be? Thanks!!

  480. Rachael
    March 31, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    I can't wait to show this post to my Mom – she was just complaining about her house full of honey oak! Thanks so much for the pics & tutorials!

  481. sg
    April 7, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    I just put the second coat of stain on the guest bathroom vanity and already I love it. Thank you so much for creating this tutorial and for giving me the confidence to tackle it! Next up the kitchen (urgh) and maybe my bathroom as well!

  482. brittany burke
    April 11, 2013 / 3:17 am

    Thanks for this blog. We are house hunting and you have inspired me to go for the cheaper house with the ugly cabinets:)

  483. Cami Coll
    April 14, 2013 / 1:56 am

    I am almost done with this project in my bathroom and think I will tackle the kitchen next. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea and saving us from having to buy new cabinets.

  484. Kathleen
    April 14, 2013 / 3:41 am

    Just finished my kitchen and it is amazing!!! I sent you a before and after pic to your gmail account… Thank you again for the tutorial, it was priceless!!!

  485. virginia madison
    April 15, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Thanks so much for your blog. My hubby and I are planning to do this over the weekend. Wish me luck!

  486. Shelley
    April 16, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the great info and pics! I can't wait to try this myself. P.S. Pinned into DIY today:0

  487. Alana Christensen
    April 18, 2013 / 1:38 am

    What a difference! It looks fantastic! Thanks so much. Now if I could just convince my landlord that this would look so much better….

  488. Margaret Kosniewski
    April 20, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Your cabinets look fantastic! It inspired me to reimagine a few furniture pieces that I was thinking about getting rid of (due to an upcoming move to another state). I tried it on a small nightstand from my daughter's room, and it looks great so far. I've got the 3 coats of stain; just need to wait and apply the poly. Now onto a headboard footboard combo that is severely scratched and was slated to junk! Thank you for posting all the detailed instructions. It really helped give me confidence, especially after seeing what the piece looked like after the first coat of stain.

  489. JoyGirl
    April 22, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    I'm not trying to be difficult, but what grit sanding block did you use? I love your technique and I"m going to try it on my banister in the foyer. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  490. anniemcnabb
    April 23, 2013 / 3:24 am

    I just wanted to thank you for your tutorial and posts about the gel stain. I have done two bathroom vanities, a dresser, my handrail, a tv table and my kitchen cabinets using your turtorial. My house looks so much better! Especially my kitchen. Thanks again. You've helped me change my whole house! No more autumn oak!!! Yeah!

  491. Majo
    April 26, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this!!! I don't have honey oak… I have some truly ugly med. oak shade laminate for all my cabinets in kitchen & bathrooms & have been asking everyone I could if there was a way to redo them. Also, I don't have a space for sanding & doing a lot of stuff outside the house (live in dry, dusty, windy country & my finishes would be full of dirt) as I have no garage. You are a lifesaver!!! Best I could get from anyone was painting (which I'm not thrilled with) or spending a fortune on other products that would likely kill me in fumes!! I think I'll go with more of a walnut finish but either way, this is amazing. Thank you so much! Please do not delete this blog or post. I am so sorry folks have been rude & unappreciative! majoempire@gmaill.com

  492. Hilary Wilken
    April 27, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    I found your tutorial through Pinterest, and I'm so excited to get started on this project. I usually am a little nervous about these kind of projects, but you've done such an awesome job explaining it that I feel prepared! Thanks for taking the time to go step by step for some of us who really need it!

  493. Sarah Garcia
    April 29, 2013 / 1:58 am

    Thanks for the tutorial!!! Will have to try this in our bathroom!

  494. Irene
    April 29, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I have been doing a LOT of research on how to stain an old coffee table. The tutorial is great!

  495. Jennifer Ciaramaglia
    April 30, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    Can't wait to try this!!

  496. The Crazy One
    May 1, 2013 / 6:42 am

    I'm so excited I found this tutorial. Thank you!!!!!! My hubby and I are house hunting and there are sooo many houses with ugly oak cabinets. Now I don't have to be scared of them. I'm adding you to my bloglovin app right now!!

  497. The Crazy One
    May 1, 2013 / 6:42 am

    I'm so excited I found this tutorial. Thank you!!!!!! My hubby and I are house hunting and there are sooo many houses with ugly oak cabinets. Now I don't have to be scared of them. I'm adding you to my bloglovin app right now!!

  498. Shelley Sargent
    May 1, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    Would this be a good idea in a smaller bathroom (small cabinets for one sink) or do you think this would close it in too much? I love the very much upgraded look to what you have done! Thanks for any reply (from original blogger or those in comments who have tried this!)

  499. Juaq Gould
    May 3, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    Still being read in 2013!!! Thanks for the effort in writing this blog, you have changed my mind to stain instead of paint!

  500. Juaq Gould
    May 3, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Still being read in 2013!!! Thanks for the effort in writing this blog, you have changed my mind to stain instead of paint!

  501. Jolene
    May 6, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Thank you for the tons of information. I found your blog last night, went to Amazon andd bought the gel stain and polyacrylic. I cant wait till I get them and I can try this method out!!!

  502. Cindy
    May 7, 2013 / 1:32 am

    Awesome Tutorial! Can't wait to try it.:)

  503. mamabenj
    May 7, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Love it! I have a huuuuuuge honey oak kitchen that needs an easy, low cost redo. This is much better than what I was thinking about, so thanks!

  504. 1850 North Clark Street
    May 13, 2013 / 1:44 am

    I'm so glad I finally did this. I'm waiting for my third coat to dry right now and it looks SO GOOD. Thank you! I wish I tried this sooner!

  505. Julie (Nuss) Windisch
    May 14, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    This is amazing! Your time has not been wasted. I am in the process of buying my dream house but the kitchen cabinets are not up to par. I don't want to spend money replacing all new ones, but I can afford to change the finish. Your tutorial is a game changer! I appreciate the real advice!!! Thanks again! Looking forward to trying this out on everything!

  506. jaredandjen
    May 17, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for all your hard work to give us this tutorial. I am in the process of staining my bathroom cabinets using your method and the GF java gel stain. I never would have attempted it without your tutorial. So thanks and please keep on blogging.

  507. Tonya :)
    May 18, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    thanks sooo much for sharing this.I have been looking for a way to update my tired, old, plain, I-don't-even-know-what-ugly-color-to-call-them, cabinets, and it looks like this is my answer. they are wood, pine I think and my hubby wants to leave them wood, so I was looking at stripping and re-staining. This looks like it will be so much easier. much love to you!!!

  508. Cacadogg
    May 20, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    I read your article last year and now, almost a year later I have come back to read your instructions again now that I finally I purchased my gel stain to do my kitchen. I'm blown away by all the other posts that are written based on your tutorial. You're responsible for many cabinet transformations all over America and beyond. I doubt that I would be attempting to do my kitchen cabinet based on any other DIY instructions I often browse through but your friendly tutorial has given me the gentle kick in the butt that I needed. ThanQ, kindly. J

  509. Diamond
    May 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    Yep. I'm going to try this. In my fugly rental bathroom AND kitchen (upper cabinets will be white though….Thanks!

  510. Michelle R.
    May 26, 2013 / 3:28 am

    Thanks so much for your awesome blog! My fiancé and I are in the process of doing this right now. First coat is on and now we play the waiting game until it dries. Thanks so much for the awesome tips and step by step tutorial. We are already thrilled with the improvement with just one coat!

  511. skeybunny
    May 26, 2013 / 11:11 pm

    Hi,Thanks for this tutorial and the q&a's. I am gearing up to stain some wood in my office.

  512. Garden Dreams
    May 26, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    beautiful. I am definitely doing this in my guest bathroom!

  513. Laney
    June 1, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    Working on this project now… so far so good! Ordered my stain and topcoat through a local dealer — they had so many requests for it, they can't keep it in stock. 🙂 Thanks for posting it!

  514. Samantha
    June 3, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    I don't even own a home yet but I'm thinking of trying this with a dresser or two in the near future… and later on, with the oak cabinets I'm sure will be in my starter home! Thanks so much for such a thorough tutorial and FAQ. Pinned!

  515. Jason Foster
    June 4, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Definitely trying this! Thanks for the post!

  516. Jason Foster
    June 4, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Definitely trying this! Thanks for the post!

  517. Kim
    June 4, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    Thank you for this step-by-step tutorial. We are updating our current house so that we can sell it and new cabinets just aren't in the budget. We, too, have a kitchen (and bathrooms) full of oak cabinets (not going to lie: I hate them!) and your redo is an answer to my prayers!!! Seriously! Thanks for sharing and including all the details.

  518. Jenny Palmer
    June 10, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    This is great! Doing my bathroom as we speak!! Love it! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  519. rachel iott
    June 13, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Still reading your blog and loving all the great info you have given out! please keep up the great work. 🙂

  520. Kathryn Macedo
    June 14, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    Hi! Just a quick note. Thanks for sharing, don't quit, and forget those people who are: a) needy for acknowledgement b) rude or condescending c) looking for an excuse to not do anything but complain. Your post is appreciated and will definitely be put to use, at least by me. =*) Happy blogging

  521. Kerry Jane
    June 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

    Can't wait to do this for my Ikea dresser!! So excited. This is a great easy fast tutorial. Awesome!

  522. wmsn
    June 18, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your process and results in this FAQ and in the tutorial. I've got a couple of places that need this exact treatment desperately! I really appreciate you time and effort helping us here in Blogreader land out!

  523. Yvette610
    June 23, 2013 / 11:36 pm

    Awesome post and FAQ's! Thank you – will try this very soon. 🙂

  524. Tumbleweed714
    June 25, 2013 / 12:12 am

    leaving you some comment love – as directed 🙂 thank you for your blog – you are ONE FUNNY LADY!!! (My fav kind of blogger:honest, frank, funny with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure)I am reading bunches of your other posts, and I think you can trust that with all the traffic Pinterest is bringing you – others are reading your stuff too. I like to read my fav blogs from a Reader (not google reader anymore thankyouverymuch!) and I recently found out that bloggers cant tell they are being read, if read from a Reader? sorry!!! your blog is awesome!!! please dont quit! I am going to try this cabinet staining, bcuz I totally believe what you are saying. why would you lie to us? and plus, you DO have photographic evidence that your project is AWESOME!!!THANKS!!!

  525. Kerri Settle
    July 1, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    I recently did this on my bedroom furniture. It worked great on both laminate and the real wood furniture, and it turned the dressers that I absolutely hated into something more contemporary looking, with a richer finish. Thank you for the tutorial.

  526. Kim Graves
    July 1, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    Awesome!! So excited to try this! We are closing on our first home next week and the cupboards look just like your before pics!! Thank you for sharing! I actually got this from a friend who followed your blog and did his whole kitchen about 6 months ago and it looks amazing!!!

  527. Kate Wallis
    July 9, 2013 / 2:02 am

    Looking forward to trying this out on my kitchen and bathrooms! Thanks for putting in the time and effort to make a DIYers day 🙂

  528. Debbie Johnson
    July 10, 2013 / 1:29 am

    About to give it a go. Thanks for all your hard work!

  529. Lucy and Ethel (Ethel and Lucy)
    July 10, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    I am moving into a new house. I have left over cherry kitchen cabinets I converted into bookshelves (high quality and gorgeous, I just couldn't throw them out!) Have been dying to use them in another room, but the cherry just doesn't work. Your blog post has convinced me I can change the color and make them work in another room. Now, I just can't decide which room. Thanks, Monica!

  530. Diana Hernandez
    July 11, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    I am excited to try this! I have a small budget so this is exactly the kind of diy project I need!

  531. Diana Hernandez
    July 11, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    I am excited to try this! I have a small budget so this is exactly the kind of diy project I need!

  532. Dev610
    July 12, 2013 / 3:18 am

    This is amazing!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I've been wanting to redo my bedroom furniture which is a light oak. Do you think this could work on it as well? I had originally planned on painting it but this seems so much easier.

  533. Jordan Embree
    July 16, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    I just wanted you to know that your hard work is still being read 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial and FAQ. I'm an over-thinker, but I bet this is one project I can handle!

  534. Michelle Gonzalez
    July 16, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    This is awesome, thank you so much for posting the FAQ. I plan on staining a desk I bought for my Hubby at Restore and wasn't sure if it would work cause it was laminate. Soo excited to get started. Keep up the great posts!

  535. Shannon S-G
    July 17, 2013 / 4:36 am

    Dude…where has this been all my life??? We just moved and I'm embarassed to say we have a ton of honey-oak furniture that we've been dragging around with us for the past 10 years. You just inspired me to do this to all of that furniture! Thanks for the explanations, and as a fellow blogger (www.babyshmizz.com), I get what you are saying about comments 🙂 The love is there girlfriend, you keep going with your bad self!!

  536. Unknown
    July 17, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    found you via pinterest! goin to try this in my bathrrom and on my railins!

  537. Robin Alonso
    July 19, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial and the FAQs.They are inspiring. I am literally in the middle of doing this to my bathroom (taking a break to feed my newborn) and I am sort of freaking out over the first coat. So I am rereading this to calm myself down. Anyway, keep on blogging! I love it!

  538. Omaha Couponing 4 EXTREME GIVING!!
    July 21, 2013 / 8:02 am

    I love the new look of your cabinets!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I can't wait to do both of my bathrooms. 🙂

  539. Omaha Couponing 4 EXTREME GIVING!!
    July 21, 2013 / 8:03 am

    I love the new look of your cabinets!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I can't wait to do both of my bathrooms. 🙂

  540. Princess Designer
    July 23, 2013 / 5:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing….I have been wanting to do this to unfinished cabinets and so thankful for blog letting me know that this particular product will not work….you have savedme in huge way! Very grateful!!

  541. Princess Designer
    July 23, 2013 / 5:48 am

    Thank you so much for sharing….I have been wanting to do this to unfinished cabinets and so thankful for blog letting me know that this particular product will not work….you have savedme in huge way! Very grateful!!

  542. Simon and Tamira Johnson
    July 25, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    What a beautiful finished product! We are replacing the flooring throughout our home (only 800 sq ft) and I'm thinking to keep up w/ the new, mod look we're going for, I need to stain the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. they are also oak, a rich golden color, w/ darker grain and hint of orange overall. I've been nervous about applying stain, what kind, and if you'll see the grain through it and it won't look like I just painted them-not the look I want. And in your finished pic I CAN SEE THE GRAIN, hallelujah, I can see it! You did a fabulous job explaining each step and the details. I'm totally type A in crafts and diy (not every other of my life, I must admit) so it's refreshing to get GOOD instructions! Thanks for being dedicated and selflessly sharing your hard work!

  543. Simon and Tamira Johnson
    July 25, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    What a beautiful finished product! We are replacing the flooring throughout our home (only 800 sq ft) and I'm thinking to keep up w/ the new, mod look we're going for, I need to stain the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. they are also oak, a rich golden color, w/ darker grain and hint of orange overall. I've been nervous about applying stain, what kind, and if you'll see the grain through it and it won't look like I just painted them-not the look I want. And in your finished pic I CAN SEE THE GRAIN, hallelujah, I can see it! You did a fabulous job explaining each step and the details. I'm totally type A in crafts and diy (not every other of my life, I must admit) so it's refreshing to get GOOD instructions! Thanks for being dedicated and selflessly sharing your hard work!

  544. Anonymous
    July 26, 2013 / 11:28 pm

    will be using your blog as a guide this week – thank you for your time and effort putting this together.

  545. Anonymous
    July 26, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    will be using your blog as a guide this week – thank you for your time and effort putting this together.

  546. Peggie Fusick
    July 27, 2013 / 5:25 am

    I have been debating on what to do with my builder grade cabinets for quite awhile. I am very glad I found your post. You did a great job on the project and on your blog. Kudos. Thank you.OKGranniePegOklahoma DIY'er

  547. Robyn
    July 27, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    I'm finally getting around to trying this out. Scary first coat of gel stain is on my laundry room cabinets. Can't wait to seen the finished product. 🙂 Thanks so much for the great instructions!

  548. Cairn
    July 29, 2013 / 3:38 am

    Looking forward to trying this! Thanks for the ideas and pictures.

  549. Nancy
    July 29, 2013 / 4:47 am

    This is awesome. A friend redid a salvaged dresser from craig's list and it turned out beautifully using your tutorial. We are looking at homes and oftentimes the honey oak makes me gag and I completely write off a home full of honey oak. Now that I know about this I might just go back and picture them with beautiful espresso color and reevaluate. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it!

  550. Gee
    July 29, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Great blog! I read about gel staining a while ago, but I didn't do anything. I think that I didn't realize how easy it was. I have oak throughout my house, and I would love to re-color it (some of it is crown moulding, so I don't know about that!). I am going to start small (I learned that lesson!) and just try a small bathroom. I am reading through your tutorials to see if there is anything else that I might like to try (like the pumpkin painting – those look like some that I've seen in a Pottery Barn catalog!). Thanks!

  551. Ali
    July 30, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this on our bathroom vanity.

  552. Ashley Adams
    August 3, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    I just wanted to say you totally inspired me to stain all of our builder's grade oak cabinet's! It looks awesome, thanks for posting and taking the time to give so much detail!

  553. Rachel
    August 10, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Haha, you make me laugh. Just read your tutorial start to finish and I can see why you've gotten frustrated with people. Common sense is severely lacking in our culture. Anyway, good tutorial and I love your results. I'll be following you to see what else you're up to!

  554. Patty Keller
    August 10, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    Great idea,Great instructions…and a great big thank you!

  555. Duana Sargent
    August 11, 2013 / 10:38 pm

    I am seriously considering trying this on my old oak table while my other half is gone out to camp :p … He likes the natural oak look – it has varnish on it already, so im a bit nervous of the coverage, hoping itll turn out okay 🙂 Thanks again for the Blog, Im going to check out what else you have on here 🙂 Thumbs up from Alberta 😉

  556. Jynni
    August 16, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    Nice result! So glad to know that copious effort with sanding is not needed… Phew!

  557. Christine Cabral
    August 18, 2013 / 1:28 am

    This is exactly what I needed for two desks I'm refinishing for my daughters. Thank you so much for putting this out there!

  558. Christine Cabral
    August 18, 2013 / 1:28 am

    This is exactly what I needed for two desks I'm refinishing for my daughters. Thank you so much for putting this out there!

  559. kuke0801
    August 19, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    I'm starting with a nightstand for practice and fully intend to do my kitchen cabinets next. My boyfriend's nervous, but I think I'll be fine with these instructions! Thanks Monica!

  560. Stephanie Dunn
    August 27, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Thank you! This was FANTASTIC information! I'll enjoy reading more of your blog. I'm a "shy" reader. I like to read and don't really make comments!

  561. Lena
    August 27, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    Monica, thank you so much for sharing your tips and pictures! You've inspired so many of us who are cringing at the thought of spending 5K-10K simply because our cabinets are outdated-looking..but functionally, they are perfect! Like you, I will start with a small area and see if I can get the same results as you that makes it worthwhile to do the rest of the house. We have a gazillion golden oak cabinets, but I'll tackle it one small area at a time! Thank you! And I hope the rest of your remodeling is going well!! Post pictures if you can!

  562. K Dilly
    August 28, 2013 / 12:14 am

    This is a great tutorial! I am going to be doing this on all my cabinets! Thank you for making it more realistic for "most" peoples homes. I love that you included that parts of your cabinets are laminate on their cabinets; yet, most tutorials are for all wood. If we all could be so lucky! Thanks again … I am off to the store to get some stain!!

  563. scrappindaisypatch
    September 2, 2013 / 4:52 am

    Thanks for all the time you put into your tutorial and FAQ page! Can't wait to try this on a desk for my son's room

  564. Dan and Julie Fisher
    September 2, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    I've never tried something like this, but you gave me the courage to try it!

  565. Sara Susov
    September 3, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    Just now pinned it onto Pinterest. It looks easy (even for me) and I'm super excited to try it!

  566. THE.PAINTED.STUDIO
    September 5, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    I keep telling my husband we can do the same thing in our kitchen. I finally showed him your blog about he is now game for it! So THANK YOU!!! 🙂

  567. Elizabeth
    September 6, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this!! I'm hoping to tackle our kitchen at some point and my hubby really likes the dark wood look.

  568. Rebecca Poe
    September 7, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Monica, Thank you so much for this blog! It's exactly what I have been wondering about but thought it would be too hard! Thanks!! Becky

  569. SoapGecko
    September 10, 2013 / 1:21 am

    I followed a Pintrest link here and LOVE this tutorial. I'm going to give it a try one of these days. When I do, I'll be posting the result on my blog. Thanks! martie

  570. A Reader
    September 12, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    I was thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets white, but after seeing this I'm really considering a whole new direction! These look so nice and modern AND it seems like it might actually be easier… gonna take some thinking now!

  571. ImDriven
    September 12, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    I'm glad my husband doesn't have a Pinterest account. If he saw your before and after results he would have the stain on the way and the drill out to take the hardware off!!! I keep telling him it will be too hard and not look right when it's all done. I'm not fully committed yet to going from oak to dark stain. Still on the scared side of "what if we screw it up" mode. However, after reading your blog it does look really easy and the results look fabulous. Thanks "I think" for sharing. I may get brave some day and redo the kitchen.

  572. Tonya Hamilton
    September 15, 2013 / 1:08 am

    Wow! I can't believe it's taken me a year to come across this on Pinterest! Read all three blogs and now I have hope! We currently spent an insane amount of money in our bathroom and have yet to touch the cabinets and countertops. I'm so excited to have read your blog and now have a plan I can use to redo the cabinets!Thank you so much!Blessings!Tonya

  573. Alyn
    September 15, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    Looking forward to trying this on my kitchen cabinets. They're currently painted a hideous red. I sure hope this stain covers it up! Thanks for sharing!

  574. Lacy Dean
    September 17, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    I am so excited that I found your blog! I am house hunting right now and it's really great to see that I don't have to buy all new cabinets to replace those ugly/boring builders grade oak cabinets! Thanks for the tutorial, I love how detailed it is! Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog 😀

  575. Anonymous
    September 19, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Great work and tutorial – much appreciated!

  576. Colleen Saylor
    September 20, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Just found this on pinterest and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for taking the time to create the tutorial and share it with everyone! You are appreciated!!

  577. Julie
    September 24, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    I love the results! I will be doing this to my cabinets ASAP!! I've done it to a piece of furniture before and it is just as easy as you claim. I don't know why I never thought about updating our cabinets the same way. So much better than paint that can chip off.

  578. Billie Jo Satterfield
    September 28, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Hi I found this on pinterest! surprise!! I have a French proverbial…blah blah piece of furniture that I am going to try your project on. Thanks for the detailed a ccount of your hard work. I am a diyer and projects can be super overwhelming. so good luck on all your future adventures!!

  579. Jenny Johnston Photography
    September 29, 2013 / 12:38 am

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!! I can't wait to try this and your a wonderful person for sharing this with all of us!!!!!

  580. Jenny Johnston Photography
    September 29, 2013 / 12:39 am

    Thank you soooo much for sharing!! I can't wait to try this out in my bath room!!!!

  581. Laurie
    October 5, 2013 / 12:48 am

    I stumbled across your blog a few months back, and the bath cabinets you did looked so great- I had to try it. Just got done with all of the stain and drying time and am moving on to the poly coats My cabinets look AWESOME I can not wait for the finished product. Thanks so much for the tips and easy steps to follow.

  582. Hank & Kathy
    October 8, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    Great job Monica!!! I also have a blog and know how much work you've put into this; it takes TIME, TIME and MORE TIME. I have an oak dresser that I want to paint and didn't know where to start. I'm going to "not over think it" as you suggested and get going on it. Thanks again for all of your hard work, it's much appreciated.

  583. Laura Laskey
    October 20, 2013 / 12:21 am

    Totally doing this!

  584. Helen Tippie
    October 22, 2013 / 5:09 am

    Monica!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together with such detail!! I just cannot wait to get started!

  585. Helen Tippie
    October 22, 2013 / 5:11 am

    Monica!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together with such detail!! I just cannot wait to get started!

  586. Haley D.
    October 23, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience! Your vanity is gorgeous. Now I have to decide if I am going to stain or just paint mine. Thanks again!

  587. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Thanks Liz, hope it all works out!

  588. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Hi Spencer! Glad it's working out for you!! 🙂 I haven't done my kitchen cabinets yet- still too lazy. I am aiming to knock it out during my spring break vacation in March. You'll have to send pics once it's all done- I'd love to see!

  589. Spencer
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Hi Monica,I am currently doing my kitchen cabinets thanks to your amazing tutorial! I am on the third and final coat of the lower cabinets and I just cannot wait for the top coat to be done and drying then I can out them all back together with the new hardware! I am so pleased with how this product has worked, I seriously tried EVERY kind of stain on the market….nothing would penetrate. Thanks for the tutorial , it was seriously such a huge help! Have you done your cabinets yet?-Spencer

  590. Liz
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Think I'll try this first on a small piece of honey oak furniture I have. Then my honey oak bathroom! THEN THE KITCHEN!!! By the way, I love your writin' style lady.

  591. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Yay! Hope all goes well. Keep me posted!

  592. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    You're welcome– I know it'll turn out nice either way. 🙂

  593. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    You're welcome, Bonnie!

  594. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    It should work out just fine. Good luck!

  595. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    I love the look of white paint, but I am also lazy, so the staining worked better for me. Either option is gorgeous though! I'd love to see the outcome. 🙂

  596. Lucinda
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Thank you so much for putting this tutorial on pinterest! I can't wait to try this.

  597. Monica Benavidez
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Great, Lucinda! I hope it all works out. 🙂 Happy staining!

  598. Minda
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    BEAUTIFUL thanks so much!!!! I have super high glossy kitchen cabinets and hope to replicate this look but more of a black! Thanks for being super awesome and posting this 🙂

  599. Bonnie
    November 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Redoing an oak bar, and I will definitely be using the stain you recommend! Thanks so much for your insight. Very helpful!!!

  600. Joy Matkowsky
    November 3, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    Thanks so much for all of your information. It takes a really special person to help out the masses with their home renos for free. You rock!

  601. Maggie
    November 11, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    Thanks for posting! I loved the FAQ–"Wonder if it works? Um. Yes."

  602. HopefulMom
    January 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

    I am late to the party, but better late than never! I completely enjoyed reading your posting, I particularly loved the FAQ's- people are so funny; does it work?? Realy……too funny!!! I heard about this from a friend and I want to do my kitchen, but will start on a smaller scale and do the bathroom first. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, cant wait to get started!! 🙂

  603. Becca
    January 22, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    I have been wanting to our kitchen cabinets for MONTHS. I've read a LOT of different pins and tutorials but honestly yours has given me the confidence that they will turn out like I want. You're the first to address the whole "part of my cabinets are laminate and they turn out fine." I spray painted my bathroom cabinets for a trial run, but they have not held up very well. I know my kitchen will receive a LOT more wear, so I'm looking forward to using your method. Thank you so much for sharing and in such great detail!

  604. Angela D
    January 23, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I found my dresser on the side of the road with 2 missing drawers. I just found 2 replacement drawers, cut them down to size, and sanded the fronts. I wonder if I shouldn't have sanded the fronts… I can't tell if it's really nice particle board or wood on the fronts, but the rest of the dresser has really nice visible grain. I hope the fronts don't look awful compared or I may have to get more free drawers just so I have a second chance at the fronts.

  605. Alexa W.
    January 30, 2014 / 1:50 am

    Thanks for the tips!

  606. Marcella Cannon
    February 2, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Beautiful job! Thank you so much for your detailed tutorial and great photos. So appreciated! It gives me the courage to do my bathrooms! Thanks again!!!!!

  607. andrean424
    February 3, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    I pinned this before we even closed on our house, back in July. Today I finally went and bought all of the supplies! I can't wait to get started! Thank you for taking the time to write this post, it's a huge inspiration!

  608. Life is a Journey
    February 3, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    I put too much stain in then wiped some off. Did I screw it up?

  609. agaddie
    February 16, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    I am so doing this! It is beautiful! And I think I can do it because you are not a professional and that makes me feel like I can try it. I have ordered the stain and poly from Amazon and now I am going to our local Restore to find a cabinet door or two to practice on.

  610. Lady Sara
    February 27, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I know how hard blogging is with taking photos every step of the way, editing photos, uploading, posting. I appreciate all the time you do for so many others to benefit. Thank you for this staining transformation project for furniture. I just found the solution to some night stands. And if hubby will let me (he likes natural oak wood, leave it alone) I would like to do the bathroom vanity. Best wishes to you and please continue to share. The internet is truly a God-send for we DIY'ers. Here are my projects at my house: http://www.RenewingThisHouse.blogspot.com

  611. asima khan
    March 5, 2014 / 9:20 am

    What a stunning block..!!Luxury Beds and Mattresses

  612. asima khan
    March 5, 2014 / 9:20 am

    What a stunning block..!!Luxury Beds and Mattresses

  613. Kresta
    March 7, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Can't wait to try this on my interior honey oak doors! I think it will be beautiful!!

  614. sd dz
    March 13, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Hi monica , your bathroom looks awesome btw 🙂 I abs. LOVE it!I have recently started doing my kitchen cabinets , and i am on the third coat (its drying as we speak)It still looks a little lighter in some spots & streaky – I am very picky with it being even all around , I have decided to do another coat of the gel stain & let it dry for about 24 hours , I want them as dark as possible , what do you think? Should i go ahead and do another coat? Iv read that it's only necessary to do 3 , but some of my cabinets look lighter than others..either i didn't sand well or didn't apply it right , but i definitely think another coat should be applied , and my last question is for top coat ( which is also the one you recommend ) how many coats and how long should i let it dry before applying the second coat? Thank youu so much!!!!

  615. Len
    March 30, 2014 / 4:58 am

    Oh my goodness… I LOVE this. I think I'm going to be going after the stair railings in my new house pretty soon. Thanks for sharing!!! BTW, I totally appreciate and get the fun, sarcastic way you go explain it.

  616. Christina
    April 9, 2014 / 5:27 am

    We have just stained our cabinets and just completed our first coat of poly topcoat. Did you sand between coats of poly??

  617. Christina
    April 9, 2014 / 5:28 am

    I have done the java stain and just applied the first layer of poly satin topcoat. Did you sand between coats of the topcoat?? Help!

  618. Linda Rivers
    May 20, 2014 / 12:07 am

    LOVE THIS!! I have been struggling with the nasty dated oak cabinets along with knotty pine looking hardwood, beige and brown glass/stone looking tile backsplash and an even more mottled looking cream and brown type of granite countertop done by the previous owners. It was so busy it made me ill when we first moved here. I would have pulled it all out and started over if I had the time/energy/money. I need to pull out the hardwood (the dishwasher literally just dumped a gallon or more of water on it in the last five minutes) and put in tile to match the backsplash. However, all the tiles I've looked at will just make it look worse with these cabinets. Dark cabinets will completely tie it all together with the new tile. It will make my bathrooms look completely updated too. Need to order it and start on it this fall after I finish my sunroom addition and reside my house this summer…

  619. Darci Brookshier
    May 23, 2014 / 2:10 am

    I am in the process of doing my kitchen cabinets with this stuff right now! You totally inspired me to go for it! I just finished the 3rd coat of stain! This stuff is flippin' amazing! I can't wait to get finished and get the doors back on and see the finished results!!!

  620. Darci Brookshier
    May 23, 2014 / 2:11 am

    I am in the process of doing my kitchen cabinets with this stuff right now! You totally inspired me to go for it! I just finished the 3rd coat of stain! This stuff is flippin' amazing! I can't wait to get finished and get the doors back on and see the finished results!!!

  621. Louise Widmer
    June 8, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Just started this project today on my honey oak kitchen. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  622. Lyra
    July 6, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    "everyday organizing" referred me to your blog for details. I'm very thankful to both of you! Can't wait to use this on my bathroom makeover!

  623. H
    July 27, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    I just finished my first coat on my kitchen cabinets, drawers and boxes! It is already looking great! Thanks for this foolproof tutorial and giving me the courage to finally tackle my kitchen project I have been dreaming about!

  624. Anonymous
    August 2, 2014 / 3:33 am

    SO excited to have found this post! I have all of my supplies ready and I am going to go for it all at once with two bathrooms and the kitchen. Yeahyuh!!!

  625. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    September 2, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    My daughter just bought her first house and we will be completely updating the kitchen, on a shoestring budget. The cabinets are just like yours, basic golden oak, I cannot wait to try this,Kendall will love it. The transformation you have achieved is amazing, the bathroom cabinet looks like a new piece. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice. I have shared on Pinterest too.

  626. Virna Villas
    September 14, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the great posts and instructions! I am going to try this this weekend on our kitchen cabinets. Looking forward to trying your tricks 🙂

  627. Lisa Wunderly
    October 30, 2014 / 2:37 am

    Thank you for your very detailed tutorial! I will be tackling my bathroom vanity soon & will let you know how that goes. Then, like you, I will move onto the kitchen…with lots of cabinets & drawers & an island! Eeeps!

  628. Toeshoes Jess
    January 17, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    After reading your tutorial, I feel confident I could accomplish this for my kitchen/ bathroom. Thanks for sharing! Blog on. 🙂

  629. Penny
    November 29, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    The end wall of my cabinet is Masonite with contact paper to look like the honey oak – builder's grade!! Will the stain be O.K. over this type of finish. I am afraid it will bubble up the contact paper.

  630. Kara Friedmann
    February 21, 2016 / 7:16 am

    Using inspiration from your blog and other sites I scoured, I did stain my stair railings and they look fabulous. My husband and I are tackling the bathroom cabinets now and working up our courage to do the whole kitchen. It adds great home value for next to no money. Goodbye to the icky honey oak.

  631. Anonymous
    March 28, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Started this project in my bathroom this weekend…can't wait for next weekend to finish with top coats and hardware!!! This is so easy and really very little mess!

  632. BOBBY Mcgee
    April 26, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I would love to try this in my RV, LOTS of pine cabinets that I wish were dark…putting it on my wish list!

  633. Andi
    May 15, 2016 / 3:21 am

    Reading this in 2016-so grateful for all your advice! Currently staining with Java in my bathroom and if it goes well next year I'll tackle the bottom 1/2 of my kitchen and island.

  634. lauren
    May 31, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Awesome tutorial an FAQs! I'm settling into a new place and most of my living room furniture is second hand (or third) from various family members, but ALL of it is that honey oak color… the only wood finish I don't like! So I'm planning on staining some of it darker and painting a couple things a bright accent color, but I really did not want to have to totally strip the two big cabinet units to stain them, since they're kind of enormous and I'd have a hell of a time getting them back out of the living room, so it's great to have proof that it does work just fine to sand the finish a bit and stain over it, an a specific stain that definitely works! Also very much appreciate FAQ #4 mentioning that the General Finishes stain/poly hold up to Lysol wipes, since they're my preferred everyday cleaning method and certain finishes DON'T react well to them!

  635. Anonymous
    June 21, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Found you through pinterest too! I went to Amazon to get the gel and then wondered if there was a color a step lighter. Has anyone had success with another color of Gel Stain from General Finishes? I saw an Antique Walnut…Not sure Im brave enough to go all the way to Java when most of my house is painted white. But want to follow your advise to not diviate! Thoughs? Thanks! blsprunger@centurylink.net

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