Step 5. Tape up any areas you don’t want to get stain on. Remember you’re going to have to stain the kick/toe space at the bottom of the cabinet. Fortunately, one bathroom had tile there, but the other was carpeted up to the kick space, so I pulled the carpet back, because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to protect it from the stain.
Step 6. Put your disposable gloves on (I doubled up) because this stuff is oil based, then slip a sock over your hand, and get started. I started on the cabinet boxes first, then did the door fronts and drawer fronts. Scoop up a good glob of Gel Stain ( about a heaping tablespoon) and start to spread it around. This Java Gel Stain is my favorite! The technique is to wipe it on, but don’t try to rub it in or wipe it off. Think of it like spreading butter on a piece of toast. Make sure you get in all the cracks and crevices. If you’re having trouble with the sock, you can use the tips of a foam sponge. Keep working until you get all your surfaces covered. Don’t forget you’re going to have to do the backs of the doors, but that will be after each coat on the fronts are dry.
Step 7. Let your work dry for at least 8 hours.
*Don’t panic when you see the first coat. It’s not going to look good, and you may even have a tinge of regret. Don’t fret. It will all work out perfectly. Be patient!
Step 8. Now do the backs of the cabinet doors.
Step 9. Apply your second coat to everything and let it dry for 24 hours.
Step 10. Apply your third coat. You’re going to be so pleased. Make sure you’ve gotten all the grooves, corners and crevices.