Waxed and Gel Stained Cabinet Reviews
We didn’t originally plan to also cover gel stained or waxed cabinets, but since we received the info from our great readers, we figured we may as well share! If you have an experience you’d like to share, comment below or contact us.
Reader Mel redid her cabinets about a year ago, using the “as seen on Pinterest” Java Gel stain by General Finishes. “Tutorials for this are all over the web. 3 coats applied with a sock, allowed to dry for 12 hours between coats, and sealed with the same company’s sealer. We are hard on stuff. I use over-the-door hooks to hold towels and pot holders, and they slide all along the top edge of the cabinet doors. The finish has not come off.”
YES, Mel would do this again, and she rates it as a 5 (Amazing. I expect this to last for many years.)
Mel’s tips: Low humidity, lots of ventilation. And it wouldn’t hurt to watch a marathon of your favorite show. This is tedious work.
Marty | A Stroll Thru Life
Marty refinished her kitchen cabinets over 5 years ago, and she’s still happy with them! She used a dark wax to darken the color of the existing cabinets.
“I cleaned the cabinets really well with soap and water, then simply applied a dark stain wax. I buffed them to a soft sheen. The wax darkened the cabinets about 2 shades to a beautiful medium wood tone. They turned out looking fabulous with so much more character than the really pale color before. A little wax, new hardware and a thrifted piece of granite totally changed my kitchen.”
YES she’d do this again, and she rates it as a 5 (Amazing. I expect this to last for many years.)
Marty’s tips: If you have oak or any type of wood with a really strong grain, test how it looks on the inside of your door first. You may not like how the grain looks once the stain is applied.