HOW TO APPLY GEL STAIN TO EASILY TRANSFORM YOUR DATED FURNITURE | PINE CHEST BEFORE AND AFTER [VIDEO]
Hi sweet SI family! Today is all about How To Apply Gel Stains and why I MUCH prefer it over traditional stains. Gel stain makes it easy to transform your dated furniture (or old cupboards) with an existing factory finish. It also works amazingly well on hard to stain raw woods like aspen, maple or pine.
WHY I LOVE GEL STAINS
- No need to sand down to bare wood
- Can be used over an existing finish (with light sanding)
- No drips or runs even on a vertical
- Darker coverage with fewer coats
- Super easy to work with
I started with this blanket box. I’ve owned this pine chest for over 20 years! It’s been a coffee table, end of the bed storage box, and for the last several years it’s been in my back room used as a bench.
I didn’t notice how scratched up it was until I brought it down to my sanding room. Does anyone else have a fur baby that scratches up furniture? My Gidgy is lucky she’s SO darn cute! 😉
Here’s the new look. The top has been gel stained in walnut. It looks like an entirely different piece!
THIS POST IS SPONSORED/CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS TO PRODUCTS I USE. YOU CAN SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE.
- Pine Blanket Chest – SALVAGED
- Mini Angle Paint Brush
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- BIN Shellac Primer
- Water Misting Spray Bottle
- Sea Sponge Roller
- Walnut Gel Stain
- Applicator Pads
- Dried Sage
- Gravel Road
- Gator Hide Topcoat
- WoodUbend Appliques
HOW TO APPLY GEL STAIN::
I’ve been using traditional stains and Gel Stains for many years but I remember the first time I tried Gel Stain — it was intimidating.
I had sanded down a tabletop to bare wood and then stained it an awful yellow. Even though I hated the look, I had my reservations about smearing some dark pudding-like goop over top of it. But I’m SO glad I did! You can see the very first table I gel stained here.
Since then I’ve been hooked and rarely use traditional stains.
Here’s a video with a gel stain in action!
If you have any problems viewing it you can watch it here on my Youtube Channel.
Open the can and give the stain a good mix.
Apply a decent amount to your applicator pad. You can also use a shop towel or lint-free rag. I’ve used all of the above and they all work really well.
Smooth the Gel Stain on your piece in the direction of the grain. I like to work in rows and use the long side of the applicator pad so I get 4-6″ of coverage. I find it easier to work in smaller sections rather than apply the gel stain to the entire piece all at once.
Once the entire tip is covered in gel stain, I take a shop cloth and gently wipe up any excess. To apply a second coat 6-8 hours is recommended because it is an oil-based product.
Seal and protect the stain with a topcoat. I haven’t top coated yet. I’m embarrassed to admit I had my days mixed up and thought I had another to before posting… but I will be top coating with Gator Hide. This will make it super durable, easy to clean, and waterproof!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF GEL STAIN AND THIS PINE CHEST … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!