Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring Clean Your Cabinets

Spring is in the air-and so is pollen. With the arrival of spring and warm weather comes our desire to air out the house and spring clean. We want to spruce up, clean up and freshen up the stuffy old things of winter to allow for a bright new spring.  Attaining a fresh new look in your kitchen does not always require a lot of money but with some elbow grease you can achieve a fresh new look.


One way to achieve a new look on painted cabinets is to glaze them. Otherwise known as “antiquing”, glazing painted cabinets is a great way to give them a richer, aged look. Glaze, like a thick paint, is applied all over your doors and cabinets. Then it is wiped off as much or as little until you have achieved the look you are after. The glaze will collect in the profiles of the door creating a shadow and some streaks may be left on the flat surfaces. After you have allowed the glaze to thoroughly dry, apply a clear coat of finish to seal it in and protect your hard work.


As with any finish work, it is important that the surface is properly prepped before applying anything. This may include cleaning, light sanding, priming or even some patch work. Before you begin, take a door to a paint professional to make sure you are using the correct product. Charles at Custom Color is always helpful in finding solutions for a variety of situations.


Beware! This is not for the faint of heart! Glazing is a very time consuming, tedious process and requires some level of perfectionism. But the end result is fabulous! If you are unsure if are up for the task, consider glazing a small vanity first. If after you have finished the vanity and decided that glazing is not for you, call a professional. That’s what I would do and I am a professional!

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