Updating old wood furniture and cabinets doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here at the Interiors to Inspire studio we love using General Finishes Gel Stains to quickly refinish old wood surfaces without loosing all of that wood grain goodness. They’re very user friendly and it’s easy to create beautiful finishes with such high quality products. Unlike traditional liquid oil stains the gel stains can be used over already sealed and varnished finishes with minimal prep. Since the stains are a gel they sit heavier on the surface than a liquid stain which means they provide the deepest and richest colors of any oil based stain on the market. The stains can even be applied on a vertical or overhead surface without the fear of drips or runs due to their thick consistency.
For Finished/Sealed Surfaces
A little prep will ensure your success. Prior starting it’s recommended to give the surface a good once over with a 200 or 300 grit sand paper. You do not need to remove the old finish, you’re just looking to scuff the surface and give the gel stains a little something extra to grab to. That being said, we have done some samples in the studio where we haven’t sanded prior to application and the gel stains have still bonded well and looked great.
Gel Stains can be applied with a rag, foam brush, paint pad or flat paint brush. Personally, I’ve never used a paint pad but the other three methods work great. A paint brush will leave quite a bit of texture in your finish which can be nice if you’re trying to hide imperfections or if you’re original finish is quite plain. A foam brush or a rag both work great and it will be easier to achieve a smoother finish and to create thinner layers with them.