How do you paint to look like old barn wood?

We live in a double-wide mobile home. I want to paint our bathroom and kitchen cabinets to have the look of old barn wood. They are some sort of laminate, so I know I will need to prime them first, but where do I go from there?
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  • Steve G Fort Collins, CO
    Painting to look like barn wood sounds like quite a challenge. But you might consider refacing. Our Hometalk friend KMS wrote this really informative article about refacing: http://www.networx.com/article/about-cabinet...
  • KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    Part of the beauty of old barn wood is the grain and variations in weathering color etc. A simple paint job will not reproduce this with much similarity. A skilled faux artist however can get much closer to the real thing.
  • Miriam I New York, NY
    You might find this post on whitewashing by Storywood Designs helpful: http://www.hometalk.com/710602/using-liming-...
  • Sherrie Nixa, MO
    it sounds like you want to do this yourself? There are many tutorials on painting. If I was covering up the old cabinets I would clean them, lightly sand them, then lightly prime them. If there were any streaks or bumps from paint I would sand those