Monday, February 13, 2017

Bathroom redo using General Finishes Java Gel Stain

Well, it was time to do some updating in our home.  Having used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on many furniture projects and a kitchen in a cabin, I decided it was time to do some updating at home.  Here's my bathroom before and after.  It took me about a week to stain and paint and it took my hubby 2 days to do the tile but all in all, I love it.  I wanted to do my kitchen also, (which I did in another post) but I didn't want my cabinets to be quite this dark.  This bathroom has no real light in it so the stain which is actually a really dark brown, looks black.  Not the look that I wanted in my kitchen, but I love this look in my main bath which my son uses and he loves it too!  Not bad for a couple weeks of work!  Do you love it too?  If you want to see my kitchen, go here:   Kitchen Redo - General Finishes Gel Stain Completely different look with a mixture of java gel stain.  Love that stuff!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kitchen Redo General Finishes Gel Stain - Mixed Stain


What a labor of love!  After many years in our home, our flooring in the kitchen needed to be replaced.  Well, since we were updating the floors and the fridge shelves had broken and ice maker quit working, and the kitchen faucet was corroded in hard water that wouldn't come off anymore, I decided it was time to redo the whole kitchen, cabinets as well.  Our cabinets were in wonderful condition and I still loved them but they needed a little updating.  I thought about painting them white but really like the warmth of wood.  So...what is a girl to do?  I refinish furniture and have used General Finishes Java Gel stain, but I knew that I wanted my cabinets darker, but not that dark.  So I bought brown mahogany, antique walnut, and then Georgian cherry.  None of them produced the color that I was looking for.  So....what is a girl to do when tackling a project of this size by myself and knowing that this was the product I needed to use in order for my sanity to make it out alive but also knowing the color wasn't right?  Start mixing stains of course and when you get it right, you'd better make sure you mix enough to do the whole project!  LOL.  

So after mixing a few batches of stains, I decided I had found the perfect color.  It even matched the wood floors in my dining room.  It's funny how it works on a project like this.  After only 1 coat of stain, I decided that the color that I was going to do (2 to 3 coats), might be a little too dark still on so much surface.  So I continued on with one coat and loved the result.  It is just dark enough to update them, I can still see the wood grain, and if I want to go darker another time, I still can!  All in all, I am loving the result.  We have the floors done, cabinets done, new faucet, and all new appliances.  Now we need to do lighting, counter tops and back splash, but for now we are taking a break until spring when we can open the windows while we work.   What do you think?  Dark enough?  Not dark enough?  I actually love the warmth and color and it's my house, so it's a win win for me but I just wanted to throw this out there in case their are other people who would like to update their cabinets, but maybe not quite as dark as the General Finishes Gel Stain.  Mixing it was easy, so give it a try.  In my case, I had already bought all the colors.  Might as well try to use them and it worked perfectly!  Maybe you can find just the right color for you too!  Good luck! Oh, just so you know.....I have used gel stain on probably a dozen projects and the ONLY way I have found that you can get away with anything less than 3 coats is to apply with a foam brush and then DRY brush immediately.  To do this kitchen, I actually used 3 boxes of  2" chip brushes.  The color is actually more even in person than the lighting shows in the after photo, but hopefully you get the idea.  Give it a try, especially if you are just going to replace your cabinet anyway.....what could it hurt?  Start with a junk dresser, a thrift store shelf or something that is inexpensive and you'd get rid of anyway.  That's what I did and now I've done a ton of projects, even selling some pieces for fun!  It's time consuming, but in my opinion, so worth it!  
(And just in case you were wondering what color I was going to do and ended up going lighter....here is the same stain with 2 coats.  Still love it but afraid it might have been too dark in my kitchen.)




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eek Layout


I'm still super behind on my scrapbooking but catching up.  These are actual 2014 pictures.  LOL.  I did 2013 not long ago.  Ha ha.  2015 to come.  Love these little files.  The title and fence came from Miss Kate's cuttables I believe.....and the little grim I can't remember!   He's actually a left over cut from a turning 50 project that I made and just hadn't used.  He's perfect for these pages though.  Sorry I can't remember where he came from but he's cute isn't he!  LOL.  As my kids get older, I find that Halloween is a lot simpler than it used to be.  A church trunk-or-treat, a pumpkin pizza, and movies at home.  I actually like not having to RUSH to both sets of Grandma's, both Great Grandma's, back to grab hubby, try to find some food and still trying to get the Trick-or-Treating done for the kids.  It was exhausting and I didn't even realize how much until this year when it was much more relaxing.  Don't get me wrong, it was fun and I'd do it all over again while they were little, but I'm also not sorry that it has now changed either!  Is that ok to say????

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2016/10/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-190.html halloween
http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2016/10/himcr-272-any-holiday.html any holiday
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/10/challenge-335-always-anything-goes.html AG
http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com/2016/10/midpost-of-challenge-120-halloween.html Halloween
http://cricutcraftyclare.blogspot.com/2016/10/ufo-challenge-42-anything-goes.html AG
http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/10/lm-316-fall-celebrations.html fall celebration
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/2016/10/challenge-289-halloween.html Halloween
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/2016/10/tuesday-throwdown-317-add-border.html add a border







Wednesday, September 7, 2016

1st Day of School - Project Life Layout

Here's another layout that I was able to finish.  I modified the title to match my little bookworms which are Miss Kate's Cuttables files.  Love them.  They turned out so cute.  I'm loving that I've been able to get many of these older pictures taken care of and in albums.  I've been looking at them for way to long!  LOL.  Simple but effective.  If you look close, I have journaled on my photos.  I love that because then even if it's been a while since I developed them, some of the details of the events are saved.  I need to remember to do that all the time!  Love it when I do it especially when it's been a while since they were taken.  






Happy Birthday Dog Easel Cards



For my retreat, we were to make a card to exchange.  These are the  cards I came up with.  The images are from My Scrap Chick.  Hope they like them!  





My Family Layout



They grow so fast.  These pictures were taken a couple years ago and my son has grown probably 6 inches and lost 20 lbs.  He looks totally different.  It was a fun day to hang out at the train station and get their photos though.  So glad that I will have these memories to cherish forever!  Love my family!

http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2016/09/himcr-265-fall-colors.html fall colors
http://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge.html everyday is a holiday with my family....we were actually on holiday when we took these
https://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/2016/08/decorate-to-celebrate-anything-goes_31.html AG
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2016/08/dlart-august-linky-challenge.html linky
http://avenue613.blogspot.com/2016/09/challenge-189-anything-goes-with.html AG Fall colors





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to School Layout

  I just love these little guys!  Here is a back to school layout using Little Scraps of Heaven files.  I just love these little turtles and worm.  So much fun.  Some pages turn out better than others.  I really like this one.  Maybe because that turtle is turning into another of my favorite ever cut files.  He just makes me smile!  Hope you enjoy it too!  I developed my photos in different sizes than 4x6 this time and I didn't collage them.  Love it when I try something new and the end result turns out great!

http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com/2016/08/challenge-357-lets-get-inky.html inky - all my cuts are inked
http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/08/lm-307-summer-nights-photo-inspiration.html summer nights colors
http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/2016/09/when-life-gives-you-curves-flaunt-them.html patterened paper
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2016/08/dlart-august-linky-challenge.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/08/challenge-83-lots-of-layers.html layers
https://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/2016/08/decorate-to-celebrate-anything-goes_31.html AG
http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2016/08/sos267-learn-something-new-guest.html something new
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/2016/08/challenge-281-anything-goes.html AG
http://southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2016/09/challenge-142-anything-goes-team-lou.html AG
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/08/challenge-326-always-anything-goes_22.html AG