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How to Antique Tin for Cabinet Doors

In additon to antique paintin techniques, learn how to dress up cabinets by creating antique tin doors.

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transform plain plywood cabinet to antique classic
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Tin

Cut the tin to fit. Using tin snips, cut pressed-tin ceiling tiles to fit the inlay area of the pre-made cabinet doors.

Safety Alert: Wear work gloves and use caution when cutting the tin; the cut edges can be razor-sharp.

use a power sander to lightly sand metal tiles

Step 2: Sand the Tiles

Sand the tiles. Lightly sand the white tiles to reveal some of the metal color underneath. Don't over-sand; work slowly and stop when the desired effect is reached.

Always wear eye protection and use caution when working with a power sander or other power tools.

Step 3: Attach the Tiles and Doors

Attach the tiles and doors. Use construction adhesive to attach the antiqued tiles to the cabinet doors, then install the doors on the cabinets

transform plain plywood cabinet to antique classic