Repainting kitchen cabinets and then applying a glaze gives them an attractive weathered appearance. You will pay thousands of dollars for new cabinets with this look. This project costs only $50 to $100, is easy to do, and takes only one weekend. Homeowners on a tight budget should consider this project if the kitchen needs refreshing.
You will need:
Step 1: Wood stain is messy so cover the area around the cabinets with drop cloths. Use the painter’s tape to tape off areas to prevent accidental staining. Glaze is just paint combined with solvent or water. It is sold premixed or you can mix it. If a latex-based paint is used, mix one part paint with four parts water. For oil-based paint, the ratio is one part paint to three parts solvent. The china or natural bristle brush does not expand and provides a clean finish.
Step 2: Put on the rubber gloves and apply the glaze, combining stain colors if desired. Paint in the same direction as the wood grain. Some stain will remain in the ridges or the grain and this is fine. If you do not like the result, wipe off the stain with the dry cloth and reapply it. Each door in the room will have a different appearance. Applying glaze to raised paneled doors provides a sense of depth because the stain settles into the cabinet seams. The same effect is not created when glazing flush paneled doors.
Step 3: Wipe over the stain with a clean, dry cloth to provide a striated look. The edges of the cabinets will appear a bit darker than the center.
Step 4: The stain will become tacky as it dries, preventing the cloth from gliding over it. Stain and wipe one door at a time to prevent any cabinets from becoming too tacky before they are wiped.