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Destressing your cabinets

April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



If you are looking for a way to give your kitchen a delightful, country-style feel, adding a distressed finish to your cabinets is a fantastic way to go.
Tools and Materials You’ll Need:
• Power drill or screwdriver
• Thick chain (optional)
• Sandpaper, medium grade
• Lint-free cloth
• 2 inch flat brush
• Water-based glaze
• Water-based polyurethane
Step 1 – Prepare the Doors
Clean cabinets thoroughly. Remove hardware on all the doors, then take the doors from the cabinet frame. If you would like a heavily distressed finish, bang the wood with a thick chain to create indentations. Sand the entire door with a medium, 60 CAMI, sandpaper. Wipe off excess dust.
Step 2 – Apply Paint
Apply an level coat of primer, then allow to dry. Brush on a coat of paint, typically in a cream or white shade. If necessary, apply a second coat until the cabinets are completely covered. Let dry thoroughly.
Step 3 – Distress the Doors
Sand the edges and corners until the primer or wood shows through (depending on how much you sand off). Wipe off the dust before brushing on a dark, water-based glaze in long, even strokes. Before the glaze dries, use a rag to remove as much as desired, following the same up-and-down direction the glaze was applied.
Allow the glaze to dry thoroughly before applying a water-based, satin-finish polyurethane to protect the cabinets from damage. When the polyurethane has completely dried, reinstall the doors before adding the hardware.


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