Creating an French Country antique paint finish on Kitchen Cabinets on a budget is an easy project that can be accomplished in one weekend. To start this French Country antiquing kitchen cabinet refacing project you will need a few different material from your local home improvement store as well as some time.
Those cheap plain fake wood Kitchen Cabinets are perfect for French Country antiquing. If you have old or outdated wood Kitchen Cabinets and just want to change the color or look this French Country antique paint cabinet resurfacing process is also good.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to start French Country antiquing and resurfacing your old Kitchen Cabinets:
Bright or Royal Blue Paint & Sunny Yellow Paint or Terra Cotta and Blue Paint
Roller paint brushes
A variety of 2″, 3″, or 4″ paint brushes
Cheap, outdated, or plain Kitchen Cabinets
Interesting door and drawer pulls.
Now, start sanding the surface of your plain Kitchen Cabinets. Once you have the surface lightly sanded, you should wipe off the dust with a clean dry clothe. An old white t-shirt will work perfectly here.
Now, you are ready to put a coat of primer. If you are using a cheap fake wood Kitchen Cabinets this is a very important step. Your resurfacing and French Country antique paint technique will not stick to your surface if you don’t sand and then prime your Kitchen Cabinets.
If you want a rough more rustic French Country look try putting the primer on with one of the 4″ brushes. This will give texture and create the look of real wood. If you prefer the smoother look you can roll the paint on with any type of paint roller. A foam roller will create the smoothest surface.
Allow your Kitchen Cabinet primer to dry completely.
Put on a coat of your base paint, which can be one of two colors. You can use yellow as your base and blue as your topcoat or blue as your base and terra cotta as your topcoat. This first paint should not be the actual color you want your French Country Kitchen Cabinets to end up, but the color you want to show through when you antique the Kitchen Cabinets.
Now you are ready to paint your French Country Kitchen Cabinets with the real color you wish them to be, so blue or terra cotta, whichever applies to you?
Don’t be scared to choose a bright color because the antiquing process will tone down the appearance of the French Country Kitchen Cabinets considerably.
Once your French Country Kitchen Cabinet color has dried you are ready to start antiquing it. Start by using the sand paper to rough up edges and other areas that would typically be used over time. For example, try sanding the area near the drawer pulls; it will give the appearance of age.
This will allow your sunny yellow to show through the bright blue or your blue to show through the terra cotta color.
Once you have finished sanding the French Country Kitchen Cabinets wipe the surface down with a clean dry cloth. That old white t-shirt will work well here again. You can stop at this point, but if you want to go the extra mile you can use a mixture of ½ wood stain and ½ glaze to darken your piece.
Start by mixing your wood stain and glaze in a plastic container. Use a white rag or another old t-shirt to rub the stain onto the French Country Kitchen Cabinets.
You can do this process until you achieve the antique look you want for your French Country Kitchen Cabinets.
Replace boring or modern hardware with French Country antique inspired pulls from Lowe’s or home depot.
For additional French Country antique inspired embellishments to a very plain Cheap Kitchen Cabinets try attaching some pre cut wood embellishments. You can find them at any home improvement store.
This will completely change the look of your inexpensive Kitchen Cabinets and instantly give a French Country antique feel.
You can also add some picture and ceiling molding as well.