Because when we moved into the house almost 2 years ago, our plan was to tear out the cabinets and install new ones.We also wanted to install a different shower and possibly change out the tile too. We finally decided that even though the tile wasn’t our first choice, it really wasn’t all that bad……and that staining the cabinets would be good enough for now.Overall, in the end we achieved a pretty traditional kitchen with a twinge of French and cottage.Transforming builder grade honey oak cabinets into sultry, dark espresso cabinets is easy. I’m going to walk you through it step by step as much as I can in this tutorial. I had a ton of trouble finding it locally, so I bought it on Amazon and had it to my door in about 4 days.) If you’re doing a small vanity, order the 1/2 pint. I ordered the quart since I am doing a vanity a whole kitchen. Due to insane amounts of traffic from Pinterest, there’s now a FAQ post about this very tutorial below. And if you don't mind, a quick tweet about this tutorial will help me keep up with all the emails I get.So here is my before picture right before we moved in.
When I dug through all of the “before” pictures that I took before moving into our house…..I realized I didn’t have any that captured the old color and look of the cabinets very well. But the picture below gives you a pretty good idea.There was nothing wrong with our kitchen when we first purchased our home 8 years ago. Otherwise, plan to get exactly what I list to get the same results I did. -Masking tape AND painter’s tape (you could just use painter’s tape, I use masking tape because it’s cheap at Dollar Tree…so in other words, painter’s tape is expensive, so I only use it when I absolutely have to)-General Finishes Java Gel Stain (YOU CANNOT SUBSTITUTE THIS! If there’s an appropriate alternative, I’ll list it.Here are some other projects of hers: Pallet Wall, Tree House, Powder Room I an engineer and single mom of 3, I like tearing up houses and building tree forts, and I'm currently building a beach shack without enough money.