How To Create Weathered Oak Cabinets: Step By Step Process & Items Needed

Step By Step Process & Items Needed To Create Weathered Oak Cabinets

Water-based whitewash stain is regarded as the best option when it comes to creating a weathered oak appearance. Also known as a pickling stain, this is the one of most compatible ways to achieve that weathered appearance frequently found on antique oak furniture. The water base generates two effects that furnish the weathered appearance: It builds the grain while leaving the whitish sprint in the wood. In addition to the stain application, a dull lacquer finish can be put in to give the cabinets the appearance that they've been around for many years. To create a weathered appearance on oak cabinets, gather the required items first & then go through the step by step process mentioned below & achieve the desired result of your work:

Items Needed

  • Cordless Screw Gun
  • 80-Grit Sandpaper
  • Hand Block
  • Staining Sponge
  • Whitewash Pickling Stain
  • Cloths
  • Aerosol Eggshell Lacquer
  • Medium-Grit Steel Wool

Step By Step Process

  1. First of all, you need to detach all the cabinet doors, hinges as well as the drawers with the help of a cordless screw gun. Place all the hardware parts including the doors & drawers on sawhorses.
  2. Now, start sanding all the outside cabinet surfaces as well as the door & drawer fronts with the help of 80-grit sandpaper on a hand block. Make sure to sand side by side to the grain only. Finish off all the edges as well as corners with the help of heavy-grit sandpaper. It will leave a moderately rough appearance but it is not worrisome at all. Cleanse all the dust that has occurred due to the sanding process.
  3. Soak a staining sponge into an open can of varnish stain. Clean the stain onto the cabinets one at a time. Promptly clean the stain with the help of a dry cloth. Perform the cleaning process on all the doors and drawers, cleaning each one with stain and then wiping it off straight away. Give the stain at least one hour to dry completely.
  4. Sprinkle the cabinets, doors as well as drawer fronts with one coat of aerosol eggshell lacquer. Allow the lacquer to dry completely for nearly 30 minutes.
  5. Cleanse the cabinets, doors, and drawer fronts with the help of medium-grit steel wool. Clean them side by side to the grain until everything has a dull, sanded appearance. Sprinkle everything again with a heavy coat of lacquer. It's absolutely fine if you get a few drips or runs. Allow the lacquer to dry for nearly 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle everything again with aerosol lacquer. Wait at least 24 hours before hanging the doors and installing the drawers.
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