When we built the farmhouse table for the kitchen, I decided to paint four of the cane back chairs white. You can read about that here.
I was however, undecided on whether or not to paint the matching two arm chairs white or possibly stain them a darker stain.
I have never really cared for the stain that was on the chairs to begin with and my intent was when I purchased them to either paint or re-stain them. They had too much of an orange tone for my liking.
When Kathy at Creative Home Expression posted about using a Gel Stain product on two different furniture make-overs, I opted to give it a try on the two arm chairs. You can read all about Kathy’s beautiful make-overs here and here.
I ordered the General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain from Amazon and when it arrived I went to work.
Check out the “Before and After”.
What a difference, wouldn’t you say! I did very little prep work before I applied the gel stain. I lightly sanded the chairs before I applied the gel stain because I wanted to make sure that it would adhere to the chairs. And of course I lightly sanded after because I wanted more of a distressed look to the chairs.
General Finishes does have a website that offers helpful tips on how to use the gel stain. In my opinion, it was easy to work with and I would definitely use it again.
Now if only it would COOL down just a tad bit so that I could work on making a cabinet using these doors.
I’ll be taking a little bloggy break but should be back sometime next week. Enjoy your week and stay COOL!