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How to Antique Painted Cabinets

    • 1). Sand cabinets to create a distressed appearance. Use sandpaper primarily on the edges and corners of the doors where antique cabinets would typically have the most wear and tear. Sand enough so that raw wood is exposed. Raw wood will more readily absorb stain.

    • 2). Wipe cabinets with damp rags to remove all dust. Make sure all dust is removed before you begin staining. Dust left behind will get trapped in the stain and create a gritty texture to your finished project.

    • 3). Apply stain with a sponge brush, a paint brush or rags. Use all three methods to create the best effect. Focus on the sanded areas but also make sure that stain sinks into the grooves and detail work of the cabinets. You should get varying shades of stain.

    • 4). Wipe off excess stain with rags. Remove as much or as little as you like to make your cabinets mimic painted antiques. Allow stain to dry completely.

    • 5). Reapply stain using brush, sponge or rags. Wipe off with rags. You can repeat this process until you achieve the desired effect.

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