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How to antique glaze kitchen cabinets in 6 easy steps

Need to change the look of your kitchen cabinets or have you added some more cabinets and want to give it an antique glaze? You can do this with a crackle glaze which will give it a maze of fine lines webbed across the surface.

Using a crackle glaze is great to soften freshly painted cabinets giving the appearance of aged and crackled paint. It does make it look like it is peeling off the surface and still gives a nice glazed finish.

Here are six easy steps to create your antique glazed kitchen cabinets.
1.    Sand back the cabinets so they are ready to be glazed. Make sure you sand evenly with a 800 grit sand paper and wipe off the dust to give a tidy finish. Don’t fuss over filling any cracks or dents as this will add to the worn antique finish. But if you really must fill a gap use some putty and sand this back once it has dried.

2.    With the cabinets sanded paint a undercoat of either white or if you are using a dark color use this hue as the undercoat as this helps bring out the true color you desire. Make sure you paint it on evenly and not too thick. Always apply your paint strokes in the same direction. Up and down is best not left to right.

3.    Once the undercoat has dried apply the main coat of paint and let dry. It is ideal to use a different color paint then the color you will be using for your top coat of paint. This layer you are working on now will be the color of the cracks that will appear through the top coat.

4.    Now you are ready to paint a coat of special crackle glaze over this. Crackle glaze can be picked up at your local painting store and may come under different names, such as crackle paint, antique wash paint. Apply this to the cabinets following the directions on the back of the tin as each manufacturer may vary in drying and application times.

5.    When the crackle glaze is dry, paint a different color of paint over the top of the crackle glaze. You can use the same color that you used underneath the glaze but for a dramatic effect try using different combination's such as light blue and white underneath or a brighter blue and orange underneath. As this paint dries you will start to see tiny cracks appear in the paint. It will reveal the paint underneath. Play around with different combination's first on an old piece of wood.

6.    The sixth step is to sit back and watch the paint dry! It happens so fast that it is more interesting to watch then what you think.

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