Using Gel Stain On Already Stained Wood

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I have been dying to try out the gel stain sold by General Finishes for quiet some time.  I needed something small to use it on, so that I could see how well it works.  So often people want to re-stain their cabinets, but that can be an extensive and tedious job.  My hope was that the gel stain would prove to be the perfect solution for bringing outdated cabinets to life, as well as other wood treasures.  I love the idea of using gel stain on already stained wood instead of sanding down to the naked wood.

My sweet (and very trusting) friend had a unique magazine rack that she wanted updated, and gave me carte blanche with it.  Said friend and her husband have a beautiful home and exquisite taste, so I spent some time thinking about how to refinish it.  Here is what it looked like when I picked it up:

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It’s such a unique piece, I was excited to revive it.  This was the perfect piece to try out the gel stain on, so I headed down to Woodcraft here in San Antonio, and picked up the supplies.

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I decided on the Candelite color.

 

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Part of the success to using stain over the previous stain is sanding.  After a thorough cleaning, I gave it a light sanding all over using 220 grit.  I wiped it down again, making sure to remove all of the dust from sanding.

I then began applying the gel stain with a lint-free cloth.

 

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The great thing about stain is that you don’t have to be an expert to apply it.  The only thing you need to know is use a clean, soft cloth and don’t stop moving.  If you leave it sitting for too long without rubbing it in, you will have weird marks that you won’t be able to get rid of without sanding.

The gel stain takes a little longer to dry, which worked to my advantage.  I started to apply the second coat while the first coat was still sticky, creating a more aged look.  If you prefer an even tone, then wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second one, if a deeper tone is desired.

Be sure and rub the stain into all of the blemishes so that it adds more character.

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To add a little interest to this piece, I decided to add a some color using General Finishes Milk Paint in Basil.

 

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I put a couple of light coats on the bands of the magazine rack, and then sanded it once it dried. 

 

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I love the detail on the back…

 

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I’m thrilled with how this product works, and can’t wait to use it on some bigger projects!  And I’m really excited to deliver this refinished magazine rack to my friend.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Antique Mirror Makeover

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I had a major score today when I dropped by Habitat For Humanity.  Seriously, if you aren’t shopping there, you really should.  Not only can you find great treasures for yourself, you will also be helping out those in need of a home!  Sometimes it’s a bust, but today I spotted a hidden gem, just laying around amongst a pile of junk. Yes, there she was, an antique mirror that I quickly brought home and gave a makeover.  Take a look at the before: 

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It does have a piece of molding missing, but I don’t really care.  The structure and detail of this mirror makes me so happy.  You might be wondering how I can tell it’s an antique?  Well, you see, it’s very scientific.  First, I could barely carry it, so I knew it was well made, unlike the cheaply made things of today.  Next, it had remanence of the paper backing often found on old photos and wall art. Lastly, it smelled.  Like really bad.  You know what I’m talking about?  That old, musty, I’ve been living in a haunted attic, smell?  Yeah, it smells like that.  Now, don’t try these tricky, antique-detecting measures on your own – please, leave it to us professionals.

I decided she needed some turquoise paint, so I busted out my Maison Blance chalk paint in Riviera, and dry-brushed it on.  Here are the results.

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I’m really not trying to be artistic with my photos here, but photographing a mirror is hard!  It reflects all the crap you have laying around.  Not pretty.

Now, one last look at the before, and the “I could just die, I love it so much” after.

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gold-and-turquoise-antique-mirrorA light sanding revealed even more of the gold, and I could not be happier with the color combination!  This antique mirror makeover was the perfect project for this Fall day.  I  just love it – how about you?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Oktoberfest On The Riverwalk 2015 – Win Free Tickets!

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Last night, my husband and I got an early taste of this year’s Oktoberfest!  Our friends over at the BierGarten on the Riverwalk graciously hosted a pre-festival preview, complete with beer, brats and sauerkraut.  This is one of our favorite spots on San Antonio’s beautiful waterway, not only because of the location, but the great food and atmosphere.

 

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In San Antonio, this is the only BierGarten you’ll find that boasts of European style and German Engineering.

Below is the Oktoberfest Bier Drinkers Platter, which includes:

  • Bratwurst
  • Knockwurst
  • Polish Sausage
  • Frankfurters
  • Krautwurst Balls
  • Sauerkraut
  • German Potato Salad
  • Royal Bavarian Pretzels
  • Bier Cheese Sauce
  • German Spicy Mustard

My mouth was watering as I typed that – there wasn’t anything on that platter that I didn’t love!

 

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If wieners don’t do it for you, how about a pretzel-bun burger?  Also delicious.

 

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Oh, and don’t forget the beer! Prost, Y’all!!

 

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 At the BierGarten, you’ll be welcomed to a taste of Bavaria and the historic Oktoberfest, right here in San Antonio!

 

Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a VIP pass to BierGarten THIS FRIDAY NIGHT to help kick off Oktoberfest on the Riverwalk.  The winner will be announced Friday, September 25th at noon!  The details are below:

Even if you don’t win, be sure to head down to the San Antonio Riverwalk and BierGarten anytime during Oktoberfest, September 25th-27th & October 2nd-4th.  Good Luck!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

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