Cabinet Doors From Salvage to Old Signs

Andrea Gray
by Andrea Gray
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I wanted to take a minute and document my process a little further to show how to take a simple restore cabinet door find into a rustic sign.
Clean thoroughly with degreaser and TSP.
Fill the hardware holes with wood glue and sand.
Paint the cabinet door with chalk finish paint by Home Décor Folk Art in Red.

Wait till it dries completely.

Use your favorite stencil. I typically make my own by printing the image out on heavy bond paper and using an exacto to cut out the outline. Then I use a White paint pen and fill in with white paint. I then outlined the shadow with a gold paint pen.
Then we sand to distress and wax to seal. Other options might be to paint a white undercoat and distress back through it and use antiquing waxes or glaze to bring out multiple colors and layers.
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  • Pamela Norton Waggoner Pamela Norton Waggoner on Mar 24, 2016
    Love this idea, but what about adding words like this to your actual kitchen cabinets? I'm going to be painting mine this summer. I think I might give this a shot! I think it would really add to the Country French theme I'm going for. Thanks for sharing this!
  • Joanie Joanie on Jan 11, 2018

    Did you hang this on or near your door? It is just beautiful, simple and welcoming!!!

  • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Nov 15, 2021

    Did you use a top coat at all?

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  • Smk1442994 Smk1442994 on Jan 21, 2017
    Very, very nice. Great job & thanx for sharing !!!
  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 07, 2017

    Why not right on your front or back looks like you's really nice lookin'.....