Refinishing Cabinets To Look Like Old Rough Wood

by THAT Painter Lady

I am in the process of refinishing my kitchen cabinets.

They are a hickory wood, and I would like to make them into a roughed up antique look.

Can you please let me know what I need to do in a step by step process?

The face of the cabinets are wood, but they feel waxy?

I am not sure what products I need to use, etc…..I NEED HELP!!!!

This question has been very popular lately. Here are a few steps you can follow:

1. Clean the cabinets thoroughly with soap and water or a non-abrasive cleaner. Let dry.

2. Remove hardware from cabinet doors

4. Lightly sand with a fine grit sanding pad or steel wool. If the cabinets have a clear coat of varnish or polyurethane on them, then you may need to sand a little bit more, in order to get a surface that the primer and paint will stick too.

5. Prime the cabinets with a good primer/sealer.

6. Paint away with whatever color you choose. I would use a semi-gloss paint finish for the cabinets. It has a slight shine, and will look gorgeous.You may want to seal it with a clear coat, but it may not be necessary.

7. The last step is the antiquing and distressing. You can do one or even both.

Distressing – sand the edges.

Antiquing – paint on a darker glaze, make sure you get inside all the recessed areas. Use a rag to wipe away the excess. You want the cabinets to look old.

1. Lightly sand the object to be distressed. If it has a finish (paint or varnish), sand all areas well. When done, remove dust with a tack cloth.

2. Apply base coat and allow it to dry overnight. Use any color combination for this project, however it works best if the lighter (or brighter) color is applied first as the base.

3. Hold the candle base like a pencil and rub the wax on wherever you want the base coat to show through. For an aged look, wax the corners and edges–anywhere paint would normally wear off over time. Don’t forget to do the sides and back, as the entire piece should show this technique.

4. Apply top coat to the entire piece, covering over all the wax. Allow to dry for several hours. Rub the steel wool over the entire object, making sure to remove all the wax that was put on in Step 3.

Be sure to rub the steel wool over everything, so that the entire paint finish shows some distressing. When finished, remove all dust.

5. Seal the cabinets with a water based varnish or polyurethane.

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