How about some stain?

After drooling over the staircase makeover at Centsational Girl and Rhoda’s at Southern Hospitality, I decided to do mine. Well I sorta back peddled on the stairs and started with something smaller- the fireplace mantle. I used the Min Wax Gel Stain- LOVE this stuff people-

love, love. After some serious sanding, 2 coats of stain, and 2 coats of polycrylic gloss -I am quite pleased. Now onto painting those ghastly walls- leaning towards this Pottery Barn color Berber White
BEFORE

AFTER

The entry way niche


Now if I can just muster up the courage to tackle the stairs.

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9 thoughts on “How about some stain?”

  1. I LOVE IT! And I’ve about got my hubby talked into letting do our stairs!

    And those are some pretty cute monkeys ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. gosh your stuff is looking so cute! good luck on those stairs! ya’ll have the adorabliest little ones!

  3. Robin says:

    Love the monkey pic! And your mantle looks great too!

  4. Amanda, congrats on a great job! I love the new mantel, it looks so much better in the dark color. Now, just get that courage mustered for the stair railings too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lauren @ Team Giles says:

    Awwww I love the monkeys ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The monkeys are so cute. You did a great job on both projects.

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    Cheri
    itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

  7. Hi, Amanda! I love the transformation…so much warmer. Very rich looking with the darn stain. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the arrangements too. Great solutions to your dilemma.

    If you have a minute, would you mind editing your link so that it links directly to the party instead of my blog’s homepage? That way your readers can find the party if they click on this post tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks! Here’s the link:

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  8. Wendy says:

    that looks great!

  9. Amanda I love what you did! Could you tell me what the color is of the stain? We are in the process of finishing our basement and we need to stain some handrails and a cap on a wall. Also what type of wood was that, cherry? Thanks so much.
    Ruth
    shanners2762(at)comcast.net

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