Best Techniques for Faux Paint Finishes on Kitchen Cabinets

Faux paint finishes are widely used applications for interior decoration offering a unique and personalized artistic touch to your interiors. They are fairly easy to apply and even amateurs with little painting experience or expertise can go about them effectively, creating beautiful visual designs as well as textures. Kitchen cabinets are one of those areas which often create a dilemma for homeowners as their rebuilding or refinishing costs are high and faux paint finishes offer an environmentally friendly and relatively cheaper solution. Using the following recommendations or techniques you can apply faux paint finishes on kitchen cabinets and achieve the best results in terms of the depth and texture of the paint’s color, design and aesthetic appeal.

Tip 1 - Prepare the Cabinets

To attain the best results it is important to do some initial research and assure that the kitchen cabinets are well prepared for the application of faux paint finish. Remove the knobs and other forms of hardware (usually excluding hinges) hanging on the cabinet so that they are not damaged by the faux finish. Also, remove any possible leftovers or scrap material hanging on the cabinets and using detergent along with a scrub to remove any dirt or impurities too. Moreover, use a paint stripper to take off any previously applied paint (if you do not require it) and buff the cabinet surface using 120-grit sandpaper.

Tip 2 - Choose the Technique you Desire

A wide range of techniques are available for faux paint finishes and before any application is done you should make your choice. One popular type is ‘antiquing’ which gives the impression of an old, worn out finish (especially around the edges) on your cabinet giving it an antique look. ‘Distressing’ is another technique which leaves the impression that the cabinet has been battered giving it a medieval and rusty feel. Another popular technique is ‘crackling’ which involves a glaze to be placed between two different layers of paint. A helpful tool that you may approach while formulating your decision would be applying the technique(s) on a little cardboard and evaluating the look it has. Make a choice between these options depending on the look that you want in your kitchen and the overall aura that you want to create.

Tip 3 - Sponging

Sponging is taken to be another extremely simple, relatively cheap, widely available and functional technique used for faux paint finishes. Sponging requires the random application of three to four coats (usually) by hand using a sponge which has been dabbed into paint. Slightly twisting your wrist while applying the sponge to the cabinet helps create an irregular effect on your cabinet making it look artistic and creative.

Tip 4 - Finalize your Creation

Once you have chosen the method of application, seal it so as to protect it from possible moisture and stain. Seal it with glaze and once the glaze has dried out which usually takes 24 hours, lay down a thin coat of clear polyurethane gloss with as steady a hand as possible. After the gloss is dry sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper finishing with the application of gloss again.