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Project Showcase — Past Winners

The amazing "new" kitchen!

Beautiful kitchen cabinets.

Minwax® Products Used

Working on the base cabinets.

Working on the base cabinets.

Compare the new to the old.

Rich and beautiful vs. plain and dull.

Sabrina Pack's Kitchen Cabinets Makeover

We are pleased to select Sabrina Pack as our Project Showcase winner. Sabrina was new to wood finishing, but that did not stop her when she decided to change her kitchen cabinets from plain and dull to rich and beautiful. Her "new" kitchen looks amazing! Read Sabrina's story below to find out what it took to achieve such a remarkable transformation.

Dear Minwax,

When we first looked at our new home, I did not like anything about the kitchen. Especially the color of stain on the cabinets. It really dated the house and gave a dull feeling. Knowing that replacing the cabinets would be a high expense, I did nothing. One day while I was in town at the local hardware store, I came across the Minwax stains. When a salesman approached me, I asked if he knew anything about Minwax Gel Stain. He said, "I think I heard you just clean the wood and then apply with a brush." Me being a daredevil, I decided to try it. Seemed easy enough even for a novice like me.

When I came home, I prepared by removing all doors and drawers from the kitchen. I wiped all surfaces with warm water and a clean rag, then allowed to dry. I chose to use the Minwax Gel Stain in the Walnut finish. I stirred the product as directed. It looked very thick and I thought I would end up using several cans. I started with the cabinet base and, using a 1-1/2 inch paint brush, applied an even coat of the gel stain with long strokes in straight lines. I was impressed with how little stain it took to cover a large area. It went on very easy and was simple to achieve the color I wanted. Once the base cabinets were finished, I moved onto the top. What a change had been made so far! My husband and I were in awe and I still had a long way to go.

I slowed down a lot once I started the cabinet doors. The doors are not smooth finished plain pieces of wood like the cabinet pieces. I had to take my time to get the sides and crevices in the molding pieces. After about 8 hours, I was able to stop for the evening. On day two, I applied the second coat. This time it went faster and I just brushed over a coat to give some richness and dimension. I let it dry overnight and then applied two coats of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss. I let the polyurethane dry overnight and the next morning was going to see if it all paid off. I eagerly woke up like a kid on Christmas excited to put my kitchen back together. It was beautiful. My back hurt, my hand was possibly in a permanent clutched position, but it was all worth it.

I was pleased with the ease of use and outcome with the Minwax products. I have told everyone I can how wonderful they are. Thank you so much!

Best regards,

Sabrina Pack
Midlothian, TX