Plenty of choices of pre-made cabinets are available, but making your own can give your kitchen or bathroom a personal look. Sandblasting the cabinets can add another crafty layer to your creation. You can purchase a cabinet set made of a cheap wood and sandblast it to give it a more expensive and creative look. Almost anybody with sandblasting experience and a set of already assembled cabinets can do this project.
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Things you need
- Wood sealer
- Sandblasting adhesive (resist mask)
- Razor blade
- 30-grit silica sand
- 3 paintbrushes
Apply a layer of wood sealer to the entire surface of all the cabinets with a clean, dry paintbrush. Allow the sealer to fully dry. Dry sealer will not be tacky to the touch.
Apply a layer of sandblasting adhesive to the dry sealer. Spread the adhesive with a clean, dry paintbrush. This will create a "resist mask." Allow the adhesive to fully dry. Dry adhesive will not be sticky to the touch.
Cut out the design you would like to sandblast into the cabinet from the dry adhesive with a razor blade. Warm the adhesive with a heat gun to loosen the bond with the cabinet. Peel the design off of the surface of the cabinet with your hand. Allow the adhesive to cool.
Sandblast the area in which the adhesive has been pulled from the cabinet with 30-grit silica sand and a sandblaster. Turn the PSI knob on the sandblaster tank to 80 PSI. Hold the nozzle of the sandblaster 1/2 inch away from the surface of the wood.
Remove the remaining parts of the resist mask from the cabinets to expose your design. Follow the grain of the wood when pulling off the mask.
Add a layer of wood sealer over the sandblasted wood and design with a clean, dry paintbrush.
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