"My husband and I are planning on painting our oak cabinets which have a polyurethane over them. We really like the look of the antique glaze (where there is a darker color in the crevices) and a white or cream basecoat. Does anyone have the best and easiest way to do this. We have never glazed anything in our life but were thinking this would be easier than trying to paint a perfect white on our cabinets. I have read conlicting articles about putting on glaze then running a brush through it and also putting on glaze and wiping it off. We just want it to collect in the crevices. Any input would be appreciated. ...Oh and does anyone recommend specific brands for durability in kitchen? And do you brush or spray on a varnish afterwards?
There used to be a paint product called underbody or something along that line that has been used in the same manner as a primer to fill irregularities in a finish such as grain. It was applied and sanded smooth for a painting base.
Hope this helps.
I have concernsabout people using latex primers over previously poly/varnish/laquer surfaces because they don't always bond well. Be sure to sand and it might be a good idea to wipe the cabinets down with a deglosser prior to priming.
Here is what I did to a solid oak table, 6 chairs and a small buffet, it worked perfectly. It had a smooth factory finish on it.
Cleaned really well, brushed on 2 coats of a stain blocking bonding latex primer. I did not sand as I hate sanding with a passion. It would have taken me forever.
I then used 2 coats of a good brand of BM satin finish paint, then I used a browish glaze, and dry brushed it on. Or you can do the brush on, then wipe off method. I bought a quart of this, and used only a tiny bit of it, doesn't take a lot.
I then followed up with 2 coats of acrylic poly. That furniture is now hard as a rock and looks great. I don't think I could scratch it if I wanted to! :)
Another DIYer suggested:
I knew that I wanted to put an antique finish on my fireplace mantle with the crevices being darkened. A few years ago, at a friend's house, I saw her kitchen cabinets that had this finish on them. She hired someone to do it, but told me how the pro did it. Sounded pretty easy and I figured it couldn't be that easy. Well, it was. The mantle was oak or something, varnished. I just primed it, put on 2 coats of antique white latex paint and then smeared on some colonial pine water-based stain I had left over from staining my son's dresser. I used one of my son's watercolor paint brushes to get in the crevices and a rag for the large parts. I tried the glaze/paint mix and didn't like it at all. It was too hard to work with. I'll try to put up pics. Please ignore the painter's tape, I still have to put on the clearcoat.