Monday, January 12, 2015

~Glazing Natural Maple Cabinets~

Well, hello, everyone! Hope you had a great holiday season! For many of us, a new year always presents an opportunity to make some changes. I have always loved the look of rustic kitchen cabinets, in a Tuscan-style kitchen. There is just 'something' about the look of cabinets glazed to a warm, burnished hue, that gives the kitchen a really warm feel. I love the finish when it is left matte, without a glossy finish. 

For inspiration, I love to look at the local MLS listings to see what others are doing with their decor. The rustic glaze used on these cabinets was exactly what I had envisioned.

So, what's a girl to do? I went into my stash of glazes and went to work! Over the course of three days, I brushed and wiped glazes all over my kitchen cabinets. For anyone who has ever tackled this sort of project, you've got be all in, once you start. 
There's no turning back!

My cabinets were originally a raw, unfinished maple, that I have loved for years. But, I wanted something different. The cabinets took the first layer of glaze very easily. 

(This is a project that I took on in the fall, just before the Christmas decorations went up...hence, the fall decor still scattered around.)
(Buffet Island)

(Center Island)

(Please excuse the poor quality of the photo. It was a quick snap with my cell phone, at night...with low lighting.)

I let the excess sit in the grooves, before wiping with an old t-shirt. I used a mocha glaze for the first layer...

Then, to get the rustic depth, (and to keep the cabinets from looking 'orange'), I brushed on an oil-based glaze from Sherwin Williams in Van Dyke Brown...

Now, the kitchen feels very warm and inviting; and it has the rustic feel that I have wanted. When the girls came home for Christmas, they loved it!  I am still in the process of tweaking things; but, I wanted to share a peek at what I have been up to.

Do you have any projects planned? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Linking to:
Coastal Charm-Show and Share
Thrifty Decor Chick-January Before and After