Question by  Gary22 (15)

What is the process of painting and distressing kitchen cabinets?

I would like to distress my cabinets.


Answer by  MonicaFlanagan (14)

First, test your technique *inside* a door. Remove knobs and pulls. Use 320 grit sandpaper on door edges, corners- any surface rubbed over the years. After you get the look you want, lightly sand the entire cabinet with 400 grit. Choose a middle to dark toned stain/sealer, lightly apply and rub off with a cloth. When happy, clearcoat.


Answer by  amj (99)

First, paint your cabinets with a latex paint. I would use a satin finish for easy cleaning. Once the paint is on, sand the edges for a light distressed look.


Answer by  h (364)

You should first stain the paint or stain from the existing cabinets. Next, apply the first pain of coat, after the first coat, decide which distressing technique you would like.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Distressing is simply beating up the cabinets. You can use sandpaper, nails, a claw hammer, metal kitchen gadgets or just throw a wad of keys against the surface.


Answer by  jb68 (207)

Paint the doors with your first paint color. When dry, paint them using the second color. When dry, lightly sand the doors until the desired amount of color peeks through.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

Paint the cabinets, let dry. Take a dry brush and feather a color over the existing paint until you get the pattern that you want. Then glaze to set.


Answer by  ihatetv (581)

If your cabinets are wood, you have a couple of options. If you like the color they are now and just want them to look "weathered" you could sand the paint to make it look worn. You can also strip and paint them and wipe some off before they dry.

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