Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling: How To Get The Distressed Look

Posted on: 14 April 2015

If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, starting with the cabinets is a great option. There are many ways to upgrade the cabinets, from painting them to adding new hardware. If you want to keep the same basic color but add some texture, you can create a distressed look. With distressed cabinets, they have a country antiqued look. Here are some simple instructions for painting your cabinets with the distressed look.

Gather the Materials

The first step of any kitchen remodeling project is to gather your materials. Make sure you have all the required materials for distressing cabinets, which includes:

  • Primer
  • Interior latex paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Drop cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft glue
  • Candle
  • Wood filler

Remove the Cabinet Doors

Now that you have the supplies you need, you can start preparing the cabinets. You are most likely only distressing the cabinet doors, and it is much easier to do if you remove them. You shouldn't need more than a Philips-head screwdriver to remove them from the hinges. Remove any remaining hardware from the cabinet doors. Once the hardware has been removed, make sure to clean each cabinet door thoroughly. You want a clean surface to paint the distressed look.

Fill in Large Holes or Dents

It is okay to leave small dents and scratches on the surface of the cabinets since they actually help you to have a natural distressed look. However, you do want to fill in the larger dents or holes. You can do this by using wood filler. Add the filter to the open dents or holes, then wait for it to dry thoroughly.

Add the Distressed Appearance

Once your filler has dried completely, you can start adding the distressed appearance. If you had a lot of scratches and marks on the cabinets, you might not need to do much. Take a white wax candle and start rubbing the edges of the cabinet doors with it. If you are also painting the cabinet bases, you can rub the candle on the edges of the shelves as well.

The reason you use candle wax is because the paint won't stick to these areas, making it look as if the paint has faded around the edges. You can also try using craft glue and water and brushing it on the cabinets if you want more of a crackled look.

Paint the Cabinets

You are now ready to paint the cabinets. Begin painting on the primer and wait for it to dry. Follow that with a coat of latex paint. It is better to use a paint brush as the strokes will give it a country look. You don't need to worry about it looking perfect, as distressed paint jobs often look worn. After the paint has dried completely, sand over the paint job lightly to finish with a distressed look. You can now put the hardware back on the doors and attach them to the cabinet bases. Contact Alleva Construction for more information.


Explaining Your Vision to Your Contractor

A few years ago, my wife and I decided that it would be fun to remodel our kitchen. After checking out a myriad of websites and carefully developing a plan of attack, we hired a contractor and started looking at counter samples. Unfortunately, we weren't able to adequately show our vision to our contractor, and we didn't end up with the kitchen that we wanted. I want to help other homeowners to know what they need to say and do in order to get what they want out of the construction process. Read through these articles to find out more.

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