I absolutely love our house, but there are certain parts of it that need a little updating! Luckily I love having a project. We updated a lot in our house before we moved in, but there is still some updating to do.
My latest update was our master bathroom and guest bathroom. I first decided to stain the cupboards to give them a darker appearance. I used an old masters gel stain. By using a gel stain I avoided having to sand my cupboards. Trust me, it’s so worth it.
I used this foam brush to apply to gel stain evenly over the cupboards. Then I used a brush with bristles to wipe off the excess gel stain. I applied two coats to achieve the darkness I wanted. Each coat makes the stain a little darker so you can apply as few or as many coats to get your desired darkness.
I wanted a distressed/rustic look to my cabinets so I applied the stain heavier in the creases.
I couldn’t do my cabinets and leave my countertops so I bought a giani granite kit to redo my countertops. Giani offers multiple color options to choose from in their kits.
I was a little nervous to use this kit or any kit for that matter. I mean, what if it didn’t look good? Sometimes advertisements and pictures can be deceiving. However, this kit was so simple and easy to use. It included everything I needed to give my countertops a complete makeover. They went from drab to fab in two days! This kit also included a dvd with step by step instructions making the process even simpler.
Before you begin make sure your countertops are clean.
Step 1: Primer (Foam brush for corners and edges) Let dry eight hours.
The black primer had me a bit nervous at first….
Step 2: Color one (the colors are labeled so that you know which one to use first)
Step 3: Color two
Step 4: Color three
Once all three colors are applied (apply them on top of each other before they are dry) let dry for four hours.
You can apply as much or as little of each color to get your desired look. There were a few places that I made too light so I just reapplied some black primer over the light. There were also places that were darker than I wanted so I applied more light. You can reapply and add as you please.
Step 5: Clear top coat (apply two coats of top coat)
Let dry four hours for each coat.
This was such a fun project that was actually pretty easy. I absolutely love the end result.
If your thinking about it, just go for it! You won’t regret it!
~The Rustic Ranch Wife