Is the wood on this cabinet bare or does it have a finish?
If it's bare, use an oil based primer thinned 50% with mineral spirits. and use it like a stain. It may help to get a piece of wood to try first to see if you have the "stain" made the way you want it.
When it's dry(2 to 3 days) apply 2 coats of varnish or polyurethane, sanding inbetween coats with 180 to 220 grit sanpaper and clean up the dust with a tack cloth.
If there is already a clear finish on it, your best bet is to pick up a quantity of oil based glazning liquid and mix it with oil based white paint, and brush it over it for an antiqued look. A SMALL quantity of K-1 grade "White" kerosene will make this stuff easier to use.