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Antiquing A Cabinet

The cabinet had a shiny surface, so Debbie has used a deglosser on it. She simply wiped it on and waited 10 minutes--and the surface is ready to paint!


green satin latex
smoky glaze
100-grit sandpaper
furniture wax
cotton rags (lint-free)
black acrylic paint
new hardware


  1. Remove any knobs and handles from the cabinet.

  2. Apply a base coat of green satin latex to the cabinet exterior (if you wish, you can go back later and use one of the wall colors on the interior). Let dry. (Don't worry if the color seems too bright--the glaze will tone it down.)

    This is the color Debbie chose for the cabinet


  3. Apply a thin coat of smoky glaze, using a bristle brush for added texture (figure A). If you wish, you may let the glaze concentrate slightly in the corners for an added effect of age.

    figure A


  4. Once the glaze has dried completely, sand lightly with 100-grit sandpaper (figure B), working in the same direction as the brushstrokes. This will help to blend any lines. Remember: The more pressure you apply, the more glaze you will pull up. You may also wish to sand edges a little more in order to create the appearance of wear (figure C).


    figure B and C


  5. Wipe the surface to remove any dust from the sanding.

  6. Use cotton rags to apply wood wax to the entire painted surface. This will blend the lines and impart a slight sheen to the piece.

  7. When the wax is dry, buff the cabinet.

  8. Thin black acrylic paint with a small amount of water. Dip the end of a flat brush in the mixture and blot on paper towels or rags to remove most of it.

  9. Use the handle of an artist's brush to flick the bristles of the larger brush, splattering tiny drops on black on the cabinet (figure D).

    figure D


  10. After the paint is dry, replace the hardware, either with the original pieces or with new ones that coordinate with your new kitchen.

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Antiquing paint technique

 Antiquing paint technique is a unique way to improve the look of furniture, cabinetry and other architectural elements in your home.

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