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3 popular finishing techniques for maple cabinetry

by Aretha Grant

Some of us love the look of antiques but simply don't have the time to spend hunting for them. Luckily, there are processes that can turn back time while keeping our schedules up-to-date. Let's take a look at the different styles of finishing techniques that are out there. Maybe one of them is right for your maple cabinetry.

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3 finishing techniques to enhance your maple cabinetry

Try one of these finishes to get the antique look you want:

  1. Heirlooming. By strategically sanding painted cabinetry and revealing the natural wood underneath, this technique creates the feeling that your maple cabinetry has been around a long time. It can add a warm, well-worn feeling to even the newest maple cabinetry.
  2. Glazing. Glazing is another popular finishing option for maple cabinetry. Carefully adding layer after layer of glaze to the wood creates more depth and dimension than a regular paint job might. The finished look might vary depending on the door style you choose. The more complex the door style, the more glaze will collect in the corners, a look that is actually desired in this technique.
  3. Distressing. Distressing is a technique that creates a look of natural wear on the wood, such as worm holes or chisel marks. Depending on how distressed you want your maple cabinetry to look, you could ask to have a glazed finish applied as well, as glazing highlights the characteristics of distressing.

Maple cabinetry is a popular choice for these techniques because the light grain of the wood offers a perfect pallet for a beautiful antiquated finish. Most popular cabinet manufacturer's carried at your nearest home improvement store--including Thomasville Cabinetry, sold exclusively at the Home Depot--offer these finishing techniques.


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