Bored of your kitchen cabinets? Is your bathroom vanity looking a bit tired? Paint is a wonderfully cost-effective way to refinish old cabinets and add a touch style to your Calgary home. One style that never goes out of fashion is the antique look. Transform any cabinet into an antique style masterpiece by applying a dark glaze or stain over the top of a cabinet that is painted a few shades lighter. This will give the cabinet the appearance of old age, wear and tear.
Choosing a base color for your cabinets
Your base color can be any color you like. You don’t necessarily even have to repaint your cabinets, you can simply apply an antique stain over the original color. But to totally transform a cabinet, you should apply a new base color. White, dove grey and light natural wood stain are popular base colors for antiquing. Generally, it is best to avoid very dark base colors because the antique stain won’t show up that well.
Choosing a stain for your cabinets
Any matte stain will work, but it is best to use one that is manufactured specifically for antiquing as these have the right opacity, luster and color to give your cabinets an authentic appearance. If your base color is white or cream, use a mid-tone stain and for honey tone cabinets use a medium to dark stain. The greater the contrast between the stain and the base coat, the more worn and vintage the cabinet will look.
Painting the Cabinets
• Paint and stain won’t adhere to a glossy surface so you need to sand your cabinets before you paint them.
• Apply two layers of your base color.
• Paint on the antique stain with a brush, and then use a clean, dry, lint-free rag to wipe it off again. Repeat this step until you get the desired effect.
• Once you are happy with the appearance of your refinished cabinets, seal them with a clear wood sealant.
Before you start your antiquing project, visit your local Calgary cabinet painting company and get some advice on what colors and stains will give you the effect you’re looking for.