Antique cabinets by painting them with a base coat and glaze, sanding them, adding wood wax and applying a few paint flecks. This takes a few hours plus drying time. You need a paintbrush, base paint, glaze, 100-grit sandpaper, wood wax, cotton rags, black acrylic paint and water.
- Paint the cabinets with a base coat
Paint the cabinets with a base coat of paint. Use satin latex in a color that you want to see once you antique the cabinets, such as a light green or white. Allow the paint to dry.
- Add a glaze
Add smoky glaze to the cabinets using a bristled brush. Allow the glaze to dry.
- Sand the cabinets
Once the cabinets are dry, sand them with 100-grit sandpaper in the same direction that you painted them. Sand lightly for a soft antiqued look. Make sure to sand the edges and those places that become naturally worn more than other places.
- Remove the dust
Remove the dust using a damp cloth.
- Apply wood wax
Dip a cotton rag into wood wax, and wipe it over the cabinets. Allow the wax to dry.
- Add paint flecks
Add water to some black acrylic paint. Blot off the majority of the paint. Lightly splatter the surface with the remaining paint. Allow it to dry.