When I completed the basement overhaul (click here for the full reveal), I had two pieces of oak that needed a face lift but I didn’t want to tackle painting either one because of time and (let’s be honest) a lack of patience.
So I started searching for options other than painting.
After lots of reading and researching I settled on this product by General Finishes. It is recommended for wood that has already been stained.
Very light sanding or just a good cleaning is all the prep that is required before applying it.
And it had rave reviews all over pinterest.
Honestly, I didn’t really believe all the hype, but it totally works.
I have read terrible reviews on other brands of gel stain so be aware of the brand that you choose.
I loved the gel consistency, aka no stain drips anywhere.
Both of the pieces that I stained required three coats, but the results are amazing. It completely refreshed and updated previously light colored wood without stripping the old stain off.
I purchased 1/2 pint for $8.99 and even after completing the vanity and the media unit I still have 1/4 can remaining.
Honestly, this is one of the easiest furniture makeovers I have ever done.
Each layer of stain only took about 20 minutes to apply, with a 24 hour drying time in between. I just followed the directions from the General Finishes website.
I am going to apply some kind of sealant to the stain eventually, but it will probably be the same furniture wax (click here for a tutorial by Barb Blair) I used on my painted chest of drawers seen below↓.
What do you think? Would you try it on some outdated oak furniture?