How To Distress Oak Kitchen Cabinets: Steps To Distress & Paint

Steps To Distress & Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets

In order to distress & paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets, the user needs to follow the below-given steps:
  1. Remove: First of all, the user needs to remove all the knobs, handles as well as any hardware, it is very important to mark the knobs or handles to their corresponding location so that it will be easy to install them again to their right location.
  2. Sanding: The next step is to sand down the entire surface with the 60 to 80 grit sandpaper. This is an important step that will help the paint and stain to stick to the area better.
  3. Cleaning: Once the sanding job is done the next step is to go for cleaning the dust, use the vacuum cleaner to clean off all the dust, wipe the cabinets with the clean tack cloth then clean with a damp cloth. Before heading to the next step it is very important to remove all the sawdust.
  4. Painter's Tape: Now the user needs to cover the area where distress is not required like glass paneling, edges of the walls around the cabinets with the painter's tape.
  5. Stain Or Glaze: Now the user needs to apply the stain or glaze on the surface of the kitchen cabinets. However, the user needs to make sure that the color will be shown through the paint after distressing. The user may need to apply at least three layers of the stain and let the layers dry in between.
  6. Wax Or Petroleum Jelly: Now the next step is to apply the wax or petroleum jelly on the area where the distressing is needed, this step will prevent paint to adhere on these areas, after the paint job is done these areas will show the Weathering.
  7. Acrylic Or Latex Furniture-grade Paint: Now the next step is to apply few coats of the acrylic or latex furniture-grade paint, the best way to apply the paint is to go for many thin coats rather than a single thick coat.
  8. Lightly Sand: Once the paint is completely dry then go for the light sanding with the 220 grit sandpaper, this step will help to smooth down any brush strokes and also remove the excess wax or petroleum jelly. After the sanding wipe down the cabinet with the tack cloth.
  9. Antiquing Glaze: If the customer wishes to get the aged look then go for the antiquing glaze, simply dip the rag in the glaze, apply the glaze on the surface in the circular motion, if necessary remove the excess glaze, with a rag wrapped in fingers.
  10. Clear Sealer: Now the last step is to apply the clear sealer coats to secure the distressing, the best is to use the polyacrylic sealer. Apply several coats of the sealer.
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