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How to Whitewash Cabinets

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This article was co-authored by Mike Katona. Mike Katona is a DIY Home Improvement Specialist and the Co-founder of ShabbyChicHouse. With experience dating back to the early 2000s, he specializes in building new homes, home design, and decor. Mike has been featured in publications such as Real Homes and MSN Lifestyle. He has also been named one of Feedspot’s Top 100 Home Improvement Bloggers. This article has been viewed 208,509 times.

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Updated: April 7, 2022

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To whitewash a wood cabinet, first try to determine what kind of wood you’re dealing with. If it’s a hard, porous wood, like oak or ash, you’ll need to use a special pickling finish. Otherwise, you can simply use a regular oil or water-based whitewash. Before you start applying your whitewash, remove the cabinet doors and set aside the screws in a labeled container. Next, strip off any pre-existing finish using a paint stripper and steel wool. Once the finish has dissolved, wipe the wood down with a clean rag. Throw away the steel wool and rag in a sealable metal bucket to prevent any fire hazards. Next, use a power sander or a piece of 120 grit sandpaper to sand down the wood, always moving in the direction of the wood grain. If the cabinets are made of a soft wood, such as pine, apply a wood conditioner and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, lightly sand the cabinets a second time to smooth the wood down and help it absorb the stain better. Once you’ve chosen an appropriate whitewash stain, test it on a piece of scrap wood of the same type as your cabinet to make sure it looks the way you want it to. Let it set for 2 to 3 minutes so you’ll know how it appears as it dries. Once you’re satisfied with the stain, apply it to your cabinet with a clean rag. Use long, smooth strokes and move in the direction of the wood grain. However, if you’re using a pickling stain, move against the grain instead. Use a clean, dry rag to wipe away any excess whitewash so it doesn’t pool or run. Let the cabinets dry completely when you’re done. This should take 1 to 2 days. Then, use a brush to apply a clear, protective topcoat, such as lacquer, acrylic, or Tung oil, over the stain using continuous, overlapping strokes. Let the topcoat set for about 4 hours, then lightly sand the cabinet again with 120 grit sandpaper before adding a second coat. Once the second layer of topcoat is dry, you’re ready to reinstall your whitewashed cabinets. For tips on stripping away old stain from the cabinets, keep reading!

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