Giving Your Cabinet an Antique Look

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Time gives all things a lovely rustic and antique look. The good news is you do not have to wait for the passage of time to give its aging effect on your cabinet. You can actually create that aged effect yourself. All you need are a few cans of pain and glaze, and knowing the right technique.


To create this aged look, you first have to distress the surface of your cabinet. To further enhance the antique feel, you must employ the technique of contrasting paint and primer layers. To finish the simulation of a rustic, antique cabinet, apply a tinted glaze over the distressed surface. This dulls the cabinet's finish and improves the contrasting layers of primer and paint. After you are finish with this project, your cabinet will appear old and have that charming, worn appearance minus the worn structure and hardware that an actual old cabinet would have.


Here is how to give your cabinet a beautiful, aged look.


First, move your cabinet to an open work space if possible to make sure you don't get paint and primer spots on your floor and other pieces of furniture.


Next, remove all the hardware of your cabinet, as well as the drawers and doors. This will protect your cabinet from getting damaged when you are working on the doors.


If your cabinet has a shiny finish, pour a considerable amount of de-glosser on a rag and rub it onto your cabinet. Make sure to wear protective gloves when you apply the de-glosser. Also, make sure your work area is well ventilated. Apply the de-glosser on small areas at a time so it does not dry completely. Leave it on for 10 minutes.


Proceed to painting your cabinet with a satin latex paint. Choose a shade of paint that will enhance the antique look of your cabinet, such as a light or medium shade of blue or gray. You might also want to consider an antique shade of green. It all depends on your taste and how you want your cabinet to look when it's finished. Do not worry about choosing a slightly dark shade of paint because the glaze which you will be applying later on will lighten it up. Let the paint dry. Try touching a painted area to determine if it is dry. If the pain has already dried, proceed to applying the glaze.


When applying glaze, it does not have to even. Actually, it adds to the antique look of your cabinet. Concentrate applying your glaze on edges. Apply a little bit more glaze where the cabinet's hardware goes. Then, let the glaze dry.


Next sand the glaze using medium sandpaper. Start lightly so you will be able to determine how much glaze you want to sand off. Sand a bit more off the edges to give them a nice worn look. To make the aging look natural, check the areas of the cabinet that have really gotten worn from usage over the years and work on them.


Remove the dust from sanding using a soft rag, and put the doors and hardware back. If you want an even more rugged antique look, you can make small dents on the doors and sand around the dents.

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This article was published on 2011/08/24