DIY Glazed Oak Cabinets


You don't have to empty your bank account to remodel the look of your kitchen. Tearing out old oak cabinets and replacing them with new ones can transform the appearance of your dated kitchen into a modern cooking space but may cost you a lot of money. Instead, keep your same oak cabinets and change the face of them with a clear or colored glaze. Glazing your cabinets can add life back into your kitchen as well as save you money.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Pieces of cloth
  • Wood filler
  • Q-tips
  • Water based primer
  • Paint roller and paintbrushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cotton rags
  • Glaze
  • Water base polycrylic finish
  • Sand the oak cabinets lightly with fine grit sandpaper. You only need to remove the varnish layer. Wipe away the dust with a cloth.

  • Check your cabinets for seams or small cuts that may show through the glaze. Caulk any cracks with wood filler (A brand that is able to be stained and painted) using a Q-tip or other small applicator. Wipe away any excess filler with a cloth.

  • Sand the dry caulked area lightly for a smooth finish.

  • Paint the cabinet surface with a water based primer. Used a paintbrush to paint the trim and small hard to get to areas. You may want to use a small roller to paint the surface of the cabinets. Make sure there are no air bubbles. Allow the primer to dry.

  • Put on your rubber gloves to prepare for glazing your cabinets. Get two cotton rags, one for wiping glaze on and the other for wiping it off.

  • Prepare your glaze. If you are using a prepared colored glaze, begin painting the cabinets. If you bought a clear glaze and paint, mix them according to the instructions on the clear glaze can.

  • Dip your folded soft cotton rag into the glaze and smooth it onto the cabinet surface, working in small areas at a time. Apply it in a circling motion and keep dipping your rag into the glaze until the cabinet is covered.

  • Use the second folded dry cotton rag to wipe away some of the glaze. Do this gently in a circular motion. Do not wipe all of the glaze away.

  • Finish the cabinets with a water based polycrylic finish. Apply the polycrylic with a paintbrush in back and forth strokes down the cabinets. Allow them to dry.

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