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Beeba 09-17-2012 07:01 PM

Antiquing kitchen cabinets
I need help before I start glazing my kitchen cabinets...

Let me give you some background info. About three years ago, I had some people (not professionals) paint my kitchen cabinets. They were a stained wood with a poly finish originally. Trim was added to the flat surfaces to dress them up a bit. Then the cabinets were primed, painted an off white color, and then a poly coat was applied over the paint. It took about a year before they officially "yellowed". After three years, they really look awful.

Over this last week, I removed the prefabbed countertops and backsplash in my kitchen, and replaced that with granite countertops and tile backsplash. Its all beautiful, but now the cabinets really stick out like a sore thumb.

Ok, here is where I need help. I want to paint the cabinets again, but this time I want to apply a glaze over them to create an antique effect. I have glazed walls (faux finish) in the past, so I am comfortable with that.

My plan is to
1) take all the doors and hardware off the cabinets;
2) sand down the poly finish somewhat; (if I have to)
3) apply a primer;
4) paint the cabinets an off white color again; and
5) glaze the cabinets to antique them.

Do I have to sand down the poly finish if I am going to use a primer? I have tons of Zinnser primer in my shop, but its all water based.

Do I have to apply a sealer over the glazing? I don't want to use poly again but I do want a hard finish since the paint job is in the kitchen.

When I have glazed over painted walls in the past, the recipe for my paint glaze was one part glaze liquid, one part paint, and two parts water. Is this going to be appropriate for my kitchen?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Beeba 09-17-2012 07:22 PM

Primer Info
Correction: My primer is Sherwin Williams PrepRite ProBlock Interior/Exterior Latex Primer Sealer. In reading the spec sheet, it says "glossy surfaces should be sanded dull". Ugh.... so that answers that....

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