How to Make a Sandblast Cabinet

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How to Make a Sandblast Cabinet
Making your own cabinets can let you get a perfect fit for the size of your kitchen. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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
  • Sandblaster
  • 30-grit silica sand
  • 3 paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Add a layer of wood sealer over the sandblasted wood and design with a clean, dry paintbrush.

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