Kitchen Cabinet Resurfacing: How to Apply an Antique Finish to Your Kitchen Cabinets
Those cheap plain fake wood Kitchen Cabinets are perfect for antiquing. If you have old or outdated wood Kitchen Cabinets and just want to change the color or look this antique paint cabinet resurfacing process is also good.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to start antiquing and resurfacing your old Kitchen Cabinets:
Ã?Â· Paint (2 colors)
Ã?Â· Roller paint brushes
Ã?Â· A variety of 2″, 3″, or 4″ paint brushes
Ã?Â· Wood stain
Ã?Â· Drop clothes
Ã?Â· Cheap, outdated, or plain Kitchen Cabinets
Ã?Â· Interesting door and drawer pulls.
For additional antique inspired embellishments to a very plain Cheap Kitchen Cabinets try attaching some pre cut wood embellishments. You can find them at any home improvement store.
This will completely change the look of your inexpensive Kitchen Cabinets and instantly give and antique feel.
You can also add some picture and ceiling molding as well.
Now, start sanding the surface of your plain Kitchen Cabinets. Once you have the surface lightly sanded, you should wipe off the dust with a clean dry clothe. An old white t-shirt will work perfectly here.
Now, you are ready to put a coat of primer. If you are using a cheap fake wood Kitchen Cabinets this is a very important step. Your resurfacing and antiquing painting technique will not stick to your surface if you don’t sand and then prime your Kitchen Cabinets.
If you want a rough more country look try putting the primer on with one of the 4″ brushes. This will give texture and create the look of real wood. If you prefer the smoother look you can roll the paint on with any type of paint roller. A foam roller will create the smoothest surface.
Allow your Kitchen Cabinet primer to dry completely.
Put on a coat of your base paint. This paint should not be the actual color you want your Kitchen Cabinets to end up, but the color you want to show through when you antique the Kitchen Cabinets.
Now you are ready to paint your Kitchen Cabinets with the real color you wish them to be. I always recommend painting a color that goes with your existing dÃ?Â©cor. This is a great way to update a kitchen on budget.
Don’t be scared to choose a bright color because the antiquing process will tone down the appearance of the Kitchen Cabinets considerably.
Once your Kitchen Cabinet color has dried you are ready to start antiquing it. Start by using the sand paper to rough up edges and other areas that would typically be used over time. For example, try sanding the area near the drawer pulls; it will give the appearance of age.
Once you have finished sanding the Kitchen Cabinets wipe the surface down with a clean dry cloth. That old white t-shirt will work well here again. You can stop at this point, but if you want to go the extra mile you can use a mixture of Ã?Â½ wood stain and Ã?Â½ glaze to darken your piece.
Start by mixing your wood stain and glaze in a plastic container. Use a white rag or another old t-shirt to rub the stain onto the Kitchen Cabinets.
You can do this process until you achieve the antique look you want for your Kitchen Cabinets.
Replace boring or modern hardware with antique inspired pulls from Lowe’s or home depot.