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!
- Clean your cabinets with soap and water and let dry.
- Pour a little glaze in the top of the container.
- Dip the damp rag in the glaze.
- Tap the rag on the cabinets and begin working in a quick circular motion. Work cabinet by cabinet. Don't get ahead of yourself.
- 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.
- After you acheive the look you are going for, you are ready for detail work.
- Grab a very small paint brush, dip it in the glaze and begin lightly brushing areas where distressing would naturally take place.
- Let dry.
- Cover with a clear protectant.
- Enjoy your work!!!!
Happy antiquing!!! I'll be glad to answer any questions you have.