Kala
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Asked on Jul 23, 2013

What painting technique to use for a old traditional look.

Leslie DKalaWallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson
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Can you please recommend a paint technique that i can use on my kitchen cupboards. The kitchen is being done in a traditional farmhouse style. I do not like the stressed look. It will be done in cream and grey. The existing b.i.cupboards have louvers and was a diy of many moons ago. the sides is made up of wooden slats. the cupboard dominates the entire (almost) gully kitchen. It is a blue-grey at the moment and i would like to do it in a much lighter tint. Drybrush? Thanks!
7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 24, 2013

    One of our experts here is @WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson she has a ton more experience than I do on this.

  • Leslie D
    on Jul 24, 2013

    You may want to look at some glazing techniques over new paint. It gives a nice aged, traditional look without distressing. I would do a you tube search on glazing cabinets and see if you like the results. You tube is also a great place to search for dry-brush techniques to see if that is the end product you like. There are lots of tutorials there.

  • Kala
    on Jul 24, 2013

    Thank you both for such a speedy reply! I did a lot of searching and what a world of ideas opened up... Leslie, I saw a close-up photo of the glazing over the new paint and weirdly enough it IS exactly what I had in mind. Although after all the photo's I saw I might do a light stressing. Your opinion is greatly valued. :)

  • Leslie D
    on Jul 24, 2013

    I did glazing on a file cabinet I painted recently, but did an overall glaze, not just in the recessed areas, and loved how it turned out. The glazing is easy to work with because it wipes off so easily while wet and you can work with it until you get the results you want.

  • The best place to start is to look at places like magazines, Houzz or Pinterest to find a photo that is exactly what you want. Once you have determined exactly what you want I can help you. It is usually better to give me a call since I can provide enough information to write another book!!! LOL

  • Kala
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Beautiful! I can imagine what the glaze will do on a soft grey. Just one more thing, I read somewhere that if you 'age' a cupboard you could leave the darker shade of blue-grey (in the nooks and crannies) when stripping the old paint and let things 'happen' while still getting a clean neat look. With 12 louvered doors this option sounds very attractive. We are re-'doing' everything new, but the old diy cupboard that someone made with so obviously a very low budget is my favorite and I don't want to replace it, just 'grace' it. Thanks again ladies, I will post a picture of my results. :)

  • Leslie D
    on Jul 25, 2013

    I redo furniture all the time, leaving the old paint in crevices, but it's done with a dry brush technique (like I used on the apothecary cabinet and coffee table I redid). It does provide natural "layered" paint look, like it's acquired that layering over many years. If you end up covering over too much of the original paint, you can always dry brush a bit more into the areas where you covered too much. My motto is that "it's only paint...and there is nothing I can do that can't be fixed". Good luck!

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