Painted wood is the current trend in furniture and cabinets. Chalk painting has become fashionable. There are plenty of websites that provide instructions and even instructional videos on how to paint a piece of furniture with chalk paint. The look goes particularly well with cottage style or shabby chic decor.
How to Paint Old Cabinets?
With old cabinets, they have probably already been varnished or coated to give them a shiny appearance. You must, therefore, before anything, stick them so that the paint sticks. This can be done in two ways: sanding well or treating with a chemical.
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Once you have prepared the surface, you are ready to start painting. But first, remove the cabinet doors. If you remove the material and maybe update it, it will look a lot more professional. Another important point is to use high-quality paint, be it oil based or something like Advance Benjamin Moore, which has the qualities of oil-based products, but is necessarily a latex.
You will want to make a primer and a final coat in acrylic or semi-gloss. It is also a good idea to paint the interior of the cabinets first. In this way, you will get used to the character of the painting and, if you are a paint gun, you will be able to solve the twists in the part of the door that will not be displayed.
Once all your cabinets have dried, it’s time to do the antiques. Wrap a sanding block with 80 grit sandpaper and sand the corners and edges leaving the wood exposed in some places. Some put petroleum jelly on the edges and corners before the last coat of paint. This facilitates the removal of this final layer, giving it an old and worn appearance. Do not be afraid Just set it up to decide when it looks pretty shabby. You can always repaint and start again.
Then rub or paint with an antique enamel. Let it sit for about five minutes, then rub it with cheesecloth. Again, this will appeal to your artistic eye to determine if it sounds right.
Finally, dip a paintbrush in one place; Squeeze most of the moisture, then splash the surface. This will give the appearance of aging. A good whip with a heavy chain and a hole for the nails or two and here you have new and striking wooden cabinets.