How To Give Your Cabinet An Antique Finish

22 September 2016
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Do you have an old cabinet around your house that needs to be updated? Does the style look out of date and flat? If so, you should consider re-staining it and giving it an antique style. This is a fun and creative way to completely redefine an otherwise boring cabinet. You will see that it is a simple and enjoyable DIY project, no matter how much cabinet or woodworking experience you have. Here are the best tools and techniques for creating an authentic looking antique finish.

Removing the Existing Stain

The hardest and least enjoyable part of the job is removing the existing stain. You need to use an electric sander to help get the stain off. The grit of the sandpaper you use largely depends on what type of wood your cabinet is made out of. However, most hard wood cabinets will need to first be sanded with a medium-grit paper to remove most of the stain. Then, you can step up to an extra fine-grit paper to give it a smoother finish. You will also need a hand-held sponge sander to help reach all the cracks and crevices that the power sander cannot reach.

Distressing the Wood

Once you're done with all the sanding, you need to come up with creative ways to create the distressed luck on your wood. Basically, you want to bang up and scratch the wood to try and create natural looking aging. The key is to make the aging look as random as possible. You can use sandpaper to randomly sand down one edge more than the other. You can place a set of keys on the cabinet top and then strike them with a hammer, creating a unique impressions on the wood. You can also just hit the wood a couple of times with a hammer. Don't be afraid to hit it with the claw end too. You can use all types of metals and abrasives to create unique distress marks on your cabinet top.

Staining the Wood

You also need to remember that the distress marks will look much better once they are stained. You can apply a normal, clear wood stain over your distressed wood. The parts where the wood is roughed up and unevenly smooth will absorb the stain differently, causing beautiful color variations.

You can even do some distressing between applying the stain coats. The more coats you apply, the darker it will become. If you have fun and get creative with your project, your furniture will look completely different. For assistance, talk to a professional like CFA Cabinetry.