Our guest bathroom got some updates quite a while ago, you can see that here. (always strange to go back and look at old posts!) But the cabinets, like our kitchen, were a golden oak color that seems really dated. I guess that was "the thing" in 1986.
See the one door with one coat of gel stain? I'm embarrassed to tell you how long ago I removed that knob and applied the stain to ONE door of the cabinet in our guest bathroom. And also, honestly, I don't remember how long ago it started. But we'll say it was approximately ONE YEAR AGO.
The bathroom is small and hard to photograph. It has a matching cabinet over the toilet, which I would remove completely - except the storage is so nice.
The week after Christmas I took some vacation and ended up with a couple days home alone. I completed one project and this was it!
This stuff is messy - wear gloves! It gets a little darker each coat. It really brings out the wood grain and with the three coats I applied, also the imperfections. But I like a distressed look. I can identify with distressed.
Time wise, it really didn't take all that long. I think it was the messiness I was avoiding. I was very happy with the way it looked when I finished. I kept going back several times a day to look again. Do you do that when you finish a project?
Thankfully, when SuperDave came home from work he liked the new look - because there was no going back at that point.
Several weeks later, I've forgotten about it a little, so when I go in there it's a nice surprise. And I'm still pleased every time!
Much love and laughter,