Vintage Kitchen Cabinets – A popular method of giving kitchen shutters a vintage look is to coat them with a spot, but not in traditional sense where the stain is spread evenly on a surface. Instead apply a light layer of paint on your cabinet surface, a small part at a time. After determining each section, use a paper towel to rub the stain (before it dries) to create a distinct, pale appearance. Be sure to color the edges and areas around any handles or knobs (this will likely require you to remove the Vintage Kitchen Cabinets and remove any relevant hardware). Dark spots work best for this type of staining.
You can also create Vintage Kitchen Cabinets style through a process called contagious. This process only works on painted cabinets and requires you to carefully sand off paint layers to reveal elements of the underlying wood. Ideally, your cabinets should be made of light wood and have a dark color or consist of a dark wood and have a bright color (this will maximize distressed power). Use a medium-sized sandpaper to rub the edges of each cabinet. For an even older, more pale look, even the sandy middle of your cupboards a bit and around knobs or handles.