Here is a photo of where I am giving a distressed look to some cabinets. This is a cheap way to add beauty and character to your old kitchen or bathroom without investing in new cabinets.
There are many ways to do this and the key is to remember that the less you try at it the better it will look. Most cabinet companies offer this as a finish option for new cabinets which costs even more than standard finishes. It has become a popular look in many million dollar homes.
As you can see in the photo I have painted black over the existing cabinet (but can be any color). Then with only 150 grit sand paper I am sanding down the surface to achieve the antique look. I sand with the grain of the wood being careful to only burn through the edges a little to highlight the profile of the door adding depth to the overall look. I have also exposed the original surface in small areas to add character.
For a real aged look strike the wood with a sock full of nuts and bolts or rocks.
Be sure the base layer is a contrasting color to the top surface for best highlighting results.
Can be done with paint or stain.
Add some contrasting handles and knobs.
Replace the old drawer guides with full extension bearing guides.
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