What do I use to make my doors look like the Cabinet?

q what do i use to make my doors look like the cabinet
q what do i use to make my doors look like the cabinet
This is a picture of my doors. I haven't sanded them down yet
  6 answers
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on May 30, 2018
    What does your cabinet look like. A picture would help

  • Karen Livingston Karen Livingston on May 31, 2018
    I would think, take the photo of the cabinet with you to the paint store. Ask for help in getting a stain to match the dark color. Then, after staining the doors is done (may have to stain more than once to get that dark color to match cabinet), if you want the doors to look distressed, or old, maybe sand off some stain in certain areas before applying varnish. For tips on how to apply stain watch videos on youtube, same with sanding and varnish.

  • Barb Barb on May 31, 2018
    Beautiful cabinet . Hope the doors turn out the way you expect them to . I see a lot of people using chalk paint to do things like this but a stain would be just a fast and sand the areas to look distressed and old like the cabinet.Use a flat varnish if your going to seal it but I don't think the varnish is going to give you the match your looking for .The cabinet doesn't look varnished .

  • Annette Annette on May 31, 2018

    It looks like a dark stain was used, gel stain works best for bc there is no dripping. You have to sand everything down first, of course. After staining, it looks like a dark wax was used for the sort of highlighting colors.

    You can always look for videos on YouTube or Google.

    Hope this helps,


  • Nicole Nicole on Jun 01, 2018
    here’s my suggestion:
    sand smooth
    paint 2 coats of a satin black
    heavily distress paying more attention to edges, corners and details
    go over the whole door with a gel stain that matches the the stain used in the hutch or stain & seal at one time using a 2-in-1 such as Minwax Polyshades maybe in Mahogany? (it’s hard to tell the true color from a picture)
    let dry and completely cure at least 48 hours before sealing or using
    If you want to, seal the door however you see fit.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 08, 2018
    Dark stain (I like gel stain) and then some sanding with a Mouse Sander to distress it.