Refinishing antique kitchen cabinets is a good way to spice up your kitchen and make it feel completely new; however, if you are going to refinish antique kitchen cabinets, realize that that? different than what you? normally do if you were going to refinish modern cabinets.
When refinishing antique kitchen cabinets to create a rustic feel, you should realize that the normal things you? do, such as strip the cabinet? surface, sand it down to the wood and apply a shiny polyurethane should NOT be done on antiques. You should always try to preserve as much of the original cabinet surface as possible, cleaning and protecting it with the same natural materials that were used when the cabinet was first designed. Also, you should never refinish priceless antiques; only refinish antiques which have rusty hinges, damaged surfaces, and such.
So, when you refinish antique kitchen cabinets, first remove all knobs, hardware and hinges from the cabinet and place them away in a good place so you don? lose any pieces. Since the ancient screws that hold things in place might be rusted. As you remove the screws, save them.After you?e gotten everything off, wash them in warm soapy water. Pat them dry and heat any hinges with a hair drier so they won? rust, even more, at the hinges joints.
If you can, remove the antique kitchen cabinets from their location on the wall, setting them in your work area.
Clean the antique kitchen cabinet? wood designs using paint thinner and a very fine steel wool, which you?l lightly buff over the entire wood? surface. If the finish is flaking, this will get rid of the dirt, grime and other things which might have built up on the cabinet? surface in the ensuing years. Since thinner can be dangerous if inhaled, make sure you place a fan at the window to pull out any fumes.
Light colored stain, or a thinned-down cherry stain, should be applied to the antique kitchen cabinets. This will pull out the beauty of the wood without destroying the current rustic finish. With a brush, start applying the stain from the top to the bottom, letting it stand on the surface for a minute before you wipe it off with a paper towel so it will show through after you?e applied it. Afterwards, let it thoroughly dry.
Finally, you can apply a coat of lacquer, refinishing the entire antique kitchen cabinet to seal the stain in, thus protecting its surface. This will protect from any heat and moisture that might come in contact with the cabinets.
If these had been normal kitchen cabinets, instead of antique kitchen cabinets, polyurethane would have been the best choice, but modern materials shouldn’t? be used on antiques. Thus, oil-based lacquer should, instead, be used. Make sure you brush it on with slow, even, brushstrokes. After letting it dry, lightly sand using 220-grit sandpaper, then the next coat will stick. Finally, apply a second coat and you?e done.