Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New on Etsy!!!

Antiquing Your Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial



As promised, I have before and after pics of my cabinets. I tried the laundry room first, you know, just in case they didn't come out as I envisioned them. However!!! I loved them. Don't be afraid to try new things at home. You can always paint over them. This was such a rewarding process for me. (I didn't feel the labor part of it until the next day.) If you love the distressed look, like I do, this tutorial is for you!!! I'll keep this short and sweet. This tutorial is for cabinets that do not need painting.


- Antiquing glaze. I used Valspar's Antiquing Glaze in asphaltum.

- Damp rag

- Wet rag (for mess ups)


You have about 10-15 minutes working time - so work quickly. AND a little glaze goes a long way...there is a such thing as too much.

Let's get started!

  1. Clean your cabinets with soap and water and let dry.

  2. Pour a little glaze in the top of the container.

  3. Dip the damp rag in the glaze.

  4. Tap the rag on the cabinets and begin working in a quick circular motion. Work cabinet by cabinet. Don't get ahead of yourself.

  5. After the glaze is applied to the cabinet, begin working in the direction of the cabinet, up and down in my case. This gives them a more natural look. I have seen "distressed" cabinets where you could literral see the circles. Not good.

  6. After you acheive the look you are going for, you are ready for detail work.

  7. Grab a very small paint brush, dip it in the glaze and begin lightly brushing areas where distressing would naturally take place.

  8. Let dry.

  9. Cover with a clear protectant.

  10. Enjoy your work!!!!

Happy antiquing!!! I'll be glad to answer any questions you have.