How to age your kitchen cabinets
If you need new cabinets but can’t afford them, you can try some with antiques. Antique kitchen cabinets can revitalize tired old cabinets and add warmth and character to the room. Antique cabinets match a wide range of decorating styles, from country to Victorian, Tuscan, and French.
Antique cabinets will give your kitchen a warm and inviting look and make the room feel more relaxed and comfortable. There are 2 basic methods you can use to age your kitchen cabinets: staining and fade. You can use them alone or combine them for an old world charm in your kitchen.
Antiques your stained cabinets
This method of aging kitchen cabinets works best on cabinets that are painted a light color or have a light stain.
You will need some dark stain, a brush or sponge, and lots of paper towels. Achieving an antique look is easy, but you may want to try it out in an area that is not as noticeable or practice on something else until you get the hang of it and develop a technique.
To stain your cabinets with antique stains, simply apply a light coat of the stain to a section of the cabinet and wipe it to the desired level of “age.” Repeat throughout the cabinet until you are done! You’ll want it to look natural, so focus more dye on the areas that would wear down the most, such as around the edges and handles.
Distressing Your Cabinest Kitchen
This method of aging kitchen cabinets works only on painted cabinets. It’s called distressing because it simulates the wear and tear that an old cabinet piece would endure after hundreds of years of use. Some people use chains and hammers to wear down furniture, but I think a little sandpaper is enough for cabinets.
The goal is to sand the finish on the edges and worn areas. Therefore, you need to take a medium grain paper and sand the edges of the door and the drawer to reveal only a thin layer of wood underneath. It looks best when the color underneath is a bit darker or if the cabinets are dark, then it looks better if the revealed color is lighter. Personally, I prefer to stick to the edges, but you can sand a bit in the middle if you want an overall worn look.
Some other methods of antique kitchen cabinets include crisp paint and faux paint.
Crisp painting is done with 2 types of paint: the bottom layer is painted, and the crisp middle is brushed on top, making the bottom layer creak. I have tried this method many times and have never been really satisfied with the results. If you really like this style, I suggest you practice, practice, practice on something else before trying to creak your cabinets.
Fake paint can be a really nice way to decorate your cabinets. You can probably find a local artist to serve you
this for a reasonable price – they can add depth to the cabinet, as well as some good art!
Other ways to add interest to your cabinets include changing the knobs and hardware and adding
moldings, legs and moldings.