Happy Friday! It's Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife here and I will be doing the first product review on Tools are for Women too!
I first need to say that my camera broke today :( My eight month old grabbed the camera strap and it fell down. Luckily it didn't hit my baby, but it did hit the hardwood floor. So I dug around my picture file and found some old photos for today. I apologize that they are not as clear as I would like.
OK. On to the review!!!
I really like this product. The first time I used it was 3 years ago. I would recommend practicing on some scrap wood first since it has a different consistency than regular stain. And I would use a foam brush so that you don't get lines from bristles. My favorite color, which I used for the projects I will show today, is Minwax Gel Stain Walnut 606.
It is great for projects where you don't want to sand or strip off the old stain. You can even use this on fiberglass and metal!!!! I know of several people who used this to reface their kitchen cupboards with really good results. Here are two of the things I used the gel stain for.
This is the bead board in my bathroom before I used the Gel Stain. It had a nice beachy feel with the whitewash but it didn't fit the rest of my house.
I LOOOOVE how it turned out. Suddenly my bathroom looks more expensive! I did two coats. It is very important to wait the full 8 hours (more if it is humid) before applying the second coat. I am impatient and learned the hard way. The first coat will come off when you try to put on an additional coat if you DON"T wait.
The next project I will show you is my dad's old desk. It used to be in his office and I have a lot of fond memories of it. This was the first thing I used gel stain on. I wish I had a better picture because it was really banged up with lots of water marks. Normally I would have stripped it or sanded it down but I had been wanting to try Minwax's Gel Stain so I tried it on this. I tested it out on a place you couldn't see just in case. But it was beautiful!
I am embarrassed to show you this after picture because it does not do the desk justice! And it is killing me because the desk is right here next to me in my office in all its glory and I can't take a picture. This picture was taken a few years ago before I got a nice camera and I was trying to take a picture of my office and not necessarily of the desk. But trust me, it looks great!!!
So I am giving this product 5 out of 5 Hardhats with the side note that it works great as long as you follow the directions correctly. Good luck on your next project!
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