Diane’s Gel Stained Entryway

April 15, 2013   //  Posted in: DIY, Entryway   //  By: Emily   //  4 responses

You wouldn’t believe how many awesome emails I’ve received about the stained kitchen cabinets from people who were inspired, had tried it themselves (seemingly always with success!), or had taken my tutorials and run with them. If you’re finding this post and you want to see how I went about staining my oak kitchen cabinets with General Finishes Java Gel Stain, breeze through these three related posts:

In an email from Diane, I was the inspired one after seeing how she took it upon herself to test the gel stain on her exterior wooden door (after already learning that she loved the product from a trial on an oak vanity and medicine cabinet). Wooden exterior doors need a little more TLC than the steel and fiberglass varieties, especially without storm doors protecting them from the weather and other elements, and it was evident that her door was in need of a fresh coat of something. Rather than rush out and paint the door – which seems like the most common solution these days, pop o’ color wizards! – or going through the effort to take the door off the hinges to apply a traditional stain while it laid flat, she went over the existing finish with the same technique and polyacrylic I did with the oak cabinets, resulting in a deep, flawless, java brown finish. It doesn’t always take a huge investment to do a project, one can save a little money along the way, and in her case she was using leftover stain for the job.

I think it looks great, an inspiring and easy change that anyone can do to any wooden doorway, exterior or interior:

Diane's Java Gel Stain Door Makeover.

How else have you used gel stain? I’d love to see more before and after photos; send them to me directly at emily@merrypad.com!

  • Diane
    5 years ago - Reply

    And that door continues to look great and it’s wearing well, despite how many times we’ve pushed it open with a foot (or knee or cardboard box), when our hands were full. Thanks for the inspiration, Emily!

    • Emily
      5 years ago -

      Good to hear! Thank YOU, Diane!

  • Kris
    2 years ago - Reply

    How long did you have to wait before you could close the door? I am wanting to do ours in gel stain, but not sure what to do at night to keep the house secure if the door can’t be closed. Thanks!

    • Emily
      2 years ago -

      If you applied each coat of stain first thing in the morning, I would think it might be cured enough to close at night. You may find luck doing 3-4 or 5 thin coats over as many days because the thin coats will dry faster, instead of doing 2-3 heavier handed coats.

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