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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Choose your antique stain. The antique stain is the dark stain that will be painted over the top (and then wiped off of) the base color on the cabinets. While any matte stain will work, it is recommended that you select a stain advertised for its antiquing qualities. This is because antique stains are made to be the right opacity, luster, and color to convey an authentic antique appearance. For white and cream cabinets, choose a mid-tone antique stain. For honey/caramel tone cabinets, chose a medium to dark stain (depending on the desired contrast). For dark cabinets in a chocolate or coffee hue, you’ll want to choose the darkest antique stain available. Antique stains cost about the same as regular wood stain, so you’re not losing out financially by going with this option. The higher the contrast between the antique stain and the base color, the more worn and vintage the cabinets will appear when finished.
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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Hoosier cabinets, Fyffe says, are hard to find, except by chance. Garage sales and antiques stores are your best bet. Some online sites, like eBay and Houzz, sell vintage Hoosier cabinets too. If antique isn’t your thing, but you like Hoosier cabinets, you can make a new one yourself. There are woodworking plans for Hoosier cabinets out there. American Woodworker published a how-to guide by Tim Johnson in its December 1999 issue.
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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Distress your cabinets if desired. Although you don’t have to, some people like to add a distressed effect to their cabinets to make them appear even more worn and ‘vintage’. There are a number of ways of doing so, including sanding down the wood over the top of the fresh antiquing glaze, using a hammer to hit the wood and create dents, and lightly tapping the surface with a chisel to create indents. Use your distressing method of choice on all the cabinets so that they look consistent. If you sand down your cabinets, use a dry cloth to wipe off the dust again.
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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Seal your cabinets. If you’re happy with the appearance of your cabinets at this point, then you’re ready to seal! If not repeat the glazing and distressing steps until the cabinets look just the way you hoped. To seal your cabinets, brush on a clear wood sealant over each of the doors, and allow time to dry. Add a second coat if instructed by the package directions.
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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Customize Your Kitchen Cabinets: Antiquing Anyone? Add cottage-style charm to white painted cabinets by distressing them and then applying an antiquing glaze. This quick and easy DIY project will give your builder basic cabinets a custom look in no time. This transformed cabinet features exposed shelving, white ceramic pitchers, a silver colander, baskets, cookbook, dishes and jars.
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Antique Kitchen Cabinets

Antiquing cabinets is the process of applying a dark glaze to a lighter cabinet door, to give it the appearance of old age and wear and tear. While you can do this to a damaged cabinet to make it appear a bit more ‘chic’, it has become quite popular to antique even brand new cabinet doors. Regardless of your motive, the process of antiquing is quite simple and requires a minimal amount of supplies and time.
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Apply the antiquing glaze. The moment you’ve been waiting for: antiquing your cabinets. Dip your paintbrush into the antiquing glaze and wipe off the excess stain, to prevent dripping. Brush over the parts of the cabinet you want the antique effect applied to, using a very light coat. Then, use a clean, dry, lint-free rag to wipe off the stain. The result should be some areas of the wood appearing worn and old, without looking fake or dark. When you brush on the glaze, go in the direction of the grain of the wood.
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Continue antiquing your cabinets. Repeat this process of brushing on antiquing glaze and wiping it off, over all of your cabinets. Try to add equal amounts of the antiquing glaze to each cabinets, so that you maintain uniformity across all the wood. Follow the package directions for drying time.
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Clean the cabinets. As you’ll surely find out, sanding can be messy business. Before moving onto the fun part of the project, it is necessary to clean off the newly-sanded cabinets. Use a damp, lint-free cloth to wipe down the surface of each of the cabinets until there is no sawdust in sight.
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This Hoosier cabinet from Nicholas’ German immigrant grandmother, Frieda, was made by G.I. Sellers in Indiana in the early 1920s. Nicholas painted it bright orange and hung a piece of antique folk embroidery in place of a broken rolltop cover. “It was in her American kitchen her entire adult life and has a flour bin with a sifter,” Nicholas says.
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A glaze is tempting since the small detail goes a long way in shaping the aesthetics of your cabinets. However, a glaze adds significant cost to kitchen cabinets. Since it’s more of a want than a need, don’t hesitate to take it off the table.
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How to Build a DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels Need some extra workspace in your kitchen? Build a rolling island for added functionality and style. One side stores a stand mixer, sheet pans, cutting boards and more, while the other side allows for extra seating. Perfect for small spaces, this portable kitchen island easily rolls out when you need it and neatly tucks away when you don’t. 

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