If you've got old oak cabinets and a flair for dramatic refinishing, consider glazing. This is the process of applying a gel-like, colored stain over the surface of the cabinet, then haphazardly wiping away the excess, but leaving some of it in place. This creates the illusion of natural age and discoloration. The glaze must be sealed in polyurethane after you've got the look you want.
Things You'll Need
- Fine sandpaper
- Painter's tape
- Glazing compound (different color than cabinet)
- Spray polyurethane
Remove the cabinet hardware and doors, using a screwdriver. Lay the doors on newspapers. Put painter's tape around the cabinets to protect the walls.
Sand the surface of the cabinets by hand, using fine sandpaper. Sand lightly, to buff and degloss the surface. If the surface is painted, the sanding shouldn't remove the paint, but merely dull the shine. Wipe off all the dust.
Brush on glaze with a paintbrush, starting at the top of each piece and working downward. Lay it on thickly, getting it fully inside the crevices and corners of the pieces. Allow the glaze to set for two or three minutes.
Wipe the glaze away from the flat surfaces with dry rags. Wipe lightly, taking up just glaze the comes off easily from the flat surfaces while leaving it in the corners and lines of the pieces. The result should be an uneven finish with glaze coating the small, tight areas and the original color of the piece showing through on the flat spans. Let the glaze set overnight.
Spray polyurethane over the cabinets in three to four light, even coats. Between coats, let the polyurethane dry for two or three hours, sand it lightly by hand, wipe off the dust, and apply the next coat. Don't sand the final coat. Let it set for two days before reassembling the cabinets.
Tips & Warnings
- Ventilate the room when spraying on the polyurethane.
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