How to Antique Cabinets With Stain?

How to Antique Cabinets With Stain?

Antique cabinets are a great way to add character and charm to your kitchen. They can make even the most modern homes feel like it has a history. Antique cabinets can be very expensive, but you can create an antique look on your own with the right tools and techniques. 

This is a great way to save money while still getting what you want from your kitchen or bathroom. The process of staining your cabinet doors might seem intimidating, but we promise that it’s much easier than you think. All you need is some patience and a little bit of elbow grease. Following are the steps involved in the process.

Preparing the Cabinets

Before the actual process, you might need to ensure some things and prepare the cabinets. The very first is that you should remove all the hardware from the cabinets. Once done, you should clean the cabinets with a damp cloth. There shouldn’t be any chemicals present on the surface as they might result in discoloration of the wood. 

Sand all surfaces to a smooth finish. Wash off any dust or residue left behind, then apply primer if desired (priming will produce better results than sanding). For dark colors, use oil-based paints. Latex stains are recommended for light ones. They’re easier and quicker! Let’s say good night after that: let your paint dry overnight before moving on to other tasks in this handy guide about how to makeover those old cabinets of yours.

Apply the Stain 

Place stain or glaze in a flat paint pan after making certain that it is well mixed. To get the best results, hold a rag in your hand before dipping into the stain. Make sure that it’s comfortable and you can control its full movement; apply staining to one door or section at a time using an even coat of pressure. 

Let each layer dry for about 2-3 minutes between coats, then wipe off with another clean cloth/paper towel. When done applying, glazes should be wiped immediately after application because longer exposure (more than 5 min) will make them appear darker as they become more set.

Sealing the New Antiqued Finish

The cabinet will need to be sealed or protected after staining. Apply a clear finish coat on the entire surface and let dry before applying two more light coats in between with sandpaper for best results.

Antique cabinets are the rage these days as they give an old, historic feel to the cabinets. Antique cabinets aren’t cheap, but you can get the best-looking antique cabinets at a very low cost with the right tools and some effort.

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