Here's a new "very rough" inspiration board.
|Sources: Cabinets, Light Fixture, Curtains, Chair, Table|
I've also done a couple of small tests with gel stain. I purchased the american walnut color from general finishes and tested three coats on one of the bathroom drawers upstairs and ended up with the results below. The gel stain didn't create a completely even finish and still shows the heavy grains in the oak. On the bright side, it didn't require me to use a power sander to have the stain adhere to the cabinets which is a plus - I just hand sanded.
Over the weekend, while picking up some other items at Lowe's, I decided to pick up some stain as well. I tried one coat of Rustoleum's Carrington over the gel stain and I'm excited about the initial results.
The color is a great warm brown with a tint of red to it. Using this as a top coat created a smooth, even coat that covers a lot of the grain, giving it a more professional finish.
Here's the initial shot - gorgeous, don't you think?!
Obviously before deciding to do this in our kitchen, I want to try it out on the remainder of the vanity to get a better feel for what the final finish will look like, but I'm very optimistic and our kitchen may be wood yet!! It seems that the best technique is to use the gel stain almost like a primer and then use the Rustoleum stain for the finish coat. Check back next week to see how it all turns out!