Antique stains are very popular. They can make any piece of furniture look unique and stylish. With a few tricks and the right product, you can easily give one of your cabinets an antique finish. This article explains how to achieve a professional looking antique stain on a hardwood cabinet. Of course, you can then use this technique to add an antique stain to other pieces of custom woodworking throughout your house.

Removing the Old Stain

First, you need to remove the old stain. Most likely, this will be the most demanding and time consuming part of the whole job. You definitely want to invest in a vibrating power sander to help remove the majority of the stain. But, you will also need sponge standard help reach the corners, cracks and crevices of the molding and decorative doors. For the quickest results, start off with a medium grit sandpaper to remove the majority of the stain and then step up to the finer grit to make it paint-ready.

Distressing the Wood

At this point you want to distress the wood. The key is to try and make the distress marks look natural and random. You can use all kinds of tools and supplies around your house to achieve this luck. One great method is to find an old set of keys. Place them on the cabinet and then knock them with the hammer. This will surprisingly create a random distress mark. You can also try hitting the wood with the actual hammer. Basically, any sharp metal object you have can be used to create unique patterns. You can even get out the sander and randomly sand certain spots. This will create variations in the way the new stain is absorbed.

Staining the Cabinet

There are many types of antique-style wood stains. The most dramatic have a crackle effect that make it look like the stain is peeling away. However, if you do enough distressing, you can just use a standard interior wood stain. This might actually even look more authentic if you’re hoping to make it look like you have an old cabinet that was naturally distressed over the years. The best way to apply the stain is to just rub it onto the wood with a lint-free rag. This works much better than a normal paintbrush. Most stain jobs will require multiple coats. In between each coat, it is very important to rub down the stain with steel wool. This rubs away the stain particles that stick out when it dries. Also, make sure you rub it down after the last coat.

As you can see, giving your cabinet, or any piece of custom woodworking, the antique look is not that difficult. Have fun with it! To learn more, contact a company like Jem Corporation.