The never ending living room cabinet saga continues

Check out Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and the reveal here.

Last time we talked about the living room cabinets, they were looking like this:

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Yeah, not so great. Thankfully we already painted the drywall and we also added the wood top, so things are looking better!

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It looks like it’s almost done, right? We still have to add the baseboards (which you can’t really see in the photo, but they’re missing) and screw the wood top onto the cabinets. Then we have to decide what stain we should use for the top. We were thinking of doing something dark, but a couple of friends said that they like the natural tone of the wood – and it goes nicely with the chair we have next to it. So what do you guys think? Light, dark, or something different altogether?

Here are a few other pictures…

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You’ll notice that we used several boards for the wood top. We cut them one by one, and filled the top slowly, sort of like a puzzle. For the boards that meet the wall we used a little trick. Since the walls are at an angle (i.e. they’re not 90º walls) we used a piece of trim we had around to mark our cut. We placed the board we wanted to cut flush against the back wall and as close as we could to the left or right wall, and then placed the trim flush with the left or right wall, on top of the board. Then we used a pencil to mark the line. I hope the photo makes more sense:

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So like I said, we need your vote! Would you stain it in a clear poly, dark, or maybe something different, perhaps a color-tinted stain? I’ve put together a little poll, but feel free to let me know in the comments what you picked!

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What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

19 thoughts on “The never ending living room cabinet saga continues

  1. Izaskun

    I have mixed feelings.
    Let me explain. I really do love how the ikea dresser with the dark stained top turned out, but it looks really nice the light tone in the cabinet and it matches perfectly with the chair.
    So I would say, go for the light tone and if you get bored, you’ll always have time to stain the top later.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Yup, we usually go for dark stains. We hadn’t really considered the light one until someone suggested it.

  2. Deanna @ TheChangingHouse

    To comment on the stain:
    What the others have said is absolutely correctly. If you plan on keeping that chair, right now, everything matches perfectly HOWEVER, you do have dark accents in that room (chandelier, pillow), so something dark would not look out of place, either!
    I like dark; it’s just my choice in colours. I would go dark!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks Deanna! We love it too. I especially love it because I’m the one who dusts and now it’s way easier :)
      The thing is I’ve actually been plotting to get rid of the chair… so if/when we get rid of it I’ll probably stain it dark.

  3. Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.

    I think I like the lighter color. I’ve always liked a little tone-on-tone action though, so mixing things up with a warmer dark stain might look great.

    Really, it already looks great, so no matter what you do it’s just going to get better.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Haha, yeah, it’s tough! Truthfully, both my boyfriend and I had agreed on dark (not even considered light) until a friend suggested it.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks Brandi! We bought it in bulk a couple of years ago and still have a ton of it. We’ve already made loads of stuff with it though so we feel like we really got our money’s worth!

  4. Crystal @ 29 Rue House

    So you know our desk is painted crisp white and our bedroom wall color looks really similar to yours. We debated a natural look (which I do love in your pictures) but decided on the dark walnut. Now that I’ve seen it in our room with the walls and white desk I love it too! I do think it goes especially well in our room because we have some other dark pieces that go well with it. Good luck!

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