Monday, March 5

Progress on the Main Floor Bathroom

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This is where we left off . . .
I've been working on staining the half-bath
cabinet a darker shade to match the
Pottery Barn mirror
{a replacement for the contractor's mirror
that came with the house.}
My house has a lot of oak.
My goal: to down-play the grain &
make this vanity look less "oak-ey".

The main obstacle?
We have snow on the ground outside
& it's way too cold to ventilate!

So that means no stinky stains please!
I decided to give water-based products a try.

Guess what - they didn't smell AT ALL &
they worked so great.
WAHOO!
That's the good news.

The bad news is that sanding is the worst.
I've never had to sand anything down to the
bare wood before & I thought 
MY ARMS WOULD FALL OFF!
{Even with my hubby's electric sander.}
Once the wood was sanded,
I used a pre-stain conditioner.


The dark areas, above, are where I had
just begun to stain - so you can see
the raw wood there too. {I'm very proud of it!}

It took several coats of 
Minwax "Toffee" stain to get the 
cabinet to this color . . .
The stain was topped 2 coats of satin water-based
polyurethane.
This was my first staining project &
I LOVE IT!
For about $20 I have a 
whole new look!

12 comments:

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    keepitkrafty.blogspot.com

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  2. LOVE the darker finish. I've been changing some of the lighter woods in our home to darker. We have a lot of wood trimming though, so it might be quite a slow process. This is lovely.
    Love the pic w/David Archuleta. :)

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  3. Great work - and the darker wood finish looks very classy!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  4. The cabinet looks great! This was all I needed to see to go forward with the idea of putting darker stain on the builder oak cabinets in our new house. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Beautiful job! I love the new darker tone!

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  6. Great job. We are currently doing a powder room makeover - new fixtures and new paint. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. The darker color looks great. Thanks for leaving your info on my bathroom reveal at www.totallylaurenamber.com. I'm glad I can follow your great blog now.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to take a peek Lauren. AND welcome aboard. I'm trying to get to 600 followers - so I'm very grateful!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  8. Looks great! :) If you do try the "Monica Method" let me know. Thanks for visiting my blog- yours is darling and I'll continue to visit. <3

    -Monica

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    1. Thanks for looking at mine Monica. I'm glad you like it. The weather is turning cold, so I'll probably wait until next summer to try staining again. BUT when I do, I'll let you know. I'll be back to see you as well. Great to "meet" you!

      Warmly, Michelle

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