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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

A friend of mine tried to update her honey-oak cabinets with a dark espresso gel stain.  No bueno.  I have never worked with gel stain before but from what I’ve researched it seems like a fickle medium.  Anyway, I’m not sure if it was the way my friends applied the stain or if it was the type of finish that was on the oak cabinets before but the stain went on blotchy and, once dry, immediately began chipping off with the slightest touch.  They were in a pickle so they called me up to get my opinion on the matter.  I went over and took a look at the cabinets and got a handle on what had been done.  We then came up with a plan of action to get their kitchen looking lively and updated again and I explained how to paint and antique cabinets for a shabby-chic, french country look.  Then they got to work stripping and sanding the cabinets back to bare wood.  BIG JOB but worth it.  If you are reading this post with your own cabinets in mind I should tell you that stripping and sanding back cabinets to bare wood ISN’T ALWAYS necessary if you’re planning on painting them and/or refinishing them.  In the case of my friends, we had to strip the gel stain away because you never want to paint on top of a coat that was never correctly bonded to the original cabinets surface.  So basically, and I’m not an expert so you might need a second opinion depending on the state of your cabinets, if you have chipping finish (stain, laquer, paint, etc.) stripping and sanding are usually necessary before refinishing.  If your cabinets are in good condition (no chipping finish, bubbles, drips, etc.) a light sanding with medium grit sandpaper (just to give the existing finish some tooth for the new stain/primer to hold on to) should do the trick just fine.  On my cabinets (we had standard builder grade oak cabinets when we first moved in that I wanted to “jazz up”) I simply went over them lightly with sandpaper and then antiqued and stained them with a stain 1 shade darker than the original finish.  Heres the before and after (sorry the pics aren’t great).

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

Hi, I have a question. Great article, BTW! I bought my home 15 months a go. Our kitchen cabinets were regular wood tone with some sort of shiny varnish on them. Not sure what type of wood.. maybe pine or white oak? Anyway, my favorite style of decorating is shabby chic, French farmhouse and beach cottage.. so I wasn't happy with the wood cabinets. My husband and I spent a week painting them white. We just used a plain stark white semi-gloss paint. I prefer matte paint for furniture, but figured that semi-gloss latex paint would be easier to clean grease and dirty finger prints off of. We didn't sand the varnish off of the cabinets before painting.. we just painted. It's been about a year and they've held up fine. We didn't add a topcoat of anything over the paint, either. Just two coats of white paint. I want to use antiquing glaze on them. Can I? Will that work on my cabinets? Will it go through the paint and the previous varnish beneath the paint and into the wood? I've never heard of it before so not sure how it works. I also want to sand my cabinets to distress them lightly in the raised areas. Just to make it more chippy. Would I do that before or after the antique glaze? Any suggestions would be helpful! My email is [email protected] Thank you so much!

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets To Look Antique

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