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Kitchen Reveal - Dark Cabinets, Light Counters

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After 18 months of working on our kitchen, we finally finished it up. We stained the cabinets using Java Gel Stain by General Finishes, added new solid surface countertops, installed a wood-vein backsplash, added open shelving and purchased Frigidaire Gallery Smudgeless Stainless Appliances.
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The kitchen before - basic, builder grade cabinets, counters and flooring.
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The Kitchen After
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Gel Stained Cabinets, Ikea Barstools, Solid Surface Countertops
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  • kitchen reveal dark cabinets light counters, countertops, home improvement, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, kitchen island
Open Shelving is wonderful for unloading the dishwasher. Our most used dishes go right up there!
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The new appliances are wonderful - they really are smudgeless!
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We updated the island with stained, wide-plank beadboard and quarter round.
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I just love my large, single bowl stainless steel sink. The soap pump is from Target and the dish towel is from Ikea.

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  • ShaneAnn
    ShaneAnn Apache Junction, AZ

    Looks amazing! Job well done :)

  • Linda
    Linda Somerset, KY

    Did you have to use something under the stain before applying it to the cabinets

  • Andre Beluchi
    Andre Beluchi Klamath Falls, OR

    Erin, the mixture of the dark cabinets and light counters does look really good. You sure have great ideas for the perfect kitchen, it's something that I wish to have. Well, for the moment it would be because of my thoughts of renovating my small

  • Linda
    Linda San Diego, CA

    Smashing!

  • Russell Schafer Jr

    Yuck! Liked the light colors of the before kitchen.

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