Refinishing cabinetry is a cost effective alternative to cabinet refacing ($$$) or replacing ($$$$). With the improvements in water based finishes, it is now even easier and less noxious than in earlier days when oil based paints were the only option, but thorough preparation is a must. For that matter, so are time and patience.
These cabinets went through a multi step process which culminated with a black oil glaze, copper wax burnishing on the edges & oil based flat polyurethane top coat. Base color is Sherwin Williams' Emerald latex urethane in "Best Bronze."
Antiquing just isn't for every homeowner, but particularly when the antiquing has reached the point where it just looks old & tired. These previously painted cabinets were sanded down, then the finish was rebuilt with Benjamin Moore's Dove White. The heavily textured, dark, claustrophobic walls were skim coated to minimize the texturing, then top coated with Revere Pewter & the floor tile backsplash was sent to the trash bin in favor of white glass.
Wanting to minimize the mess of tile tear out, we opted to adhere custom finished pine planks over the old tile. The bland white cabinets were also sanded, then refinished with a brown chalk paint base and white chalk top coat, which allowed the finish to be lightly sanded for a slightly distressed look that the homeowner loves!
Honey oak is everywhere in houses built prior to...2010? Banister rails, newel posts, cabinets, doors...EVERYWHERE! Luckily, gel & wiping stains make updating that yellow or orange coloring easier than you might think! Clean, sand the top coat, tack cloth, stain, stain, topcoat, and VOILA!