A Fun and Inexpensive Kitchen Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

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Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan can help completely transform your kitchen. In this post, we’ll show you some quick and easy professional tips for painting your kitchen cabinets with Chalk Paint®.

For this modern farmhouse kitchen, we wanted a color scheme that was warm and friendly. We love that the palette of Chalk Paint® colors is like an artist palette, making it easy to mix our own custom colors that are perfect for our desired look. For the base cabinets, we’ve created the perfect greige color by mixing equal amounts of Paris Grey and Coco. For the upper cabinets, we wanted a lighter look so we decided to go with one of our favorite soft white combinations ? equal amounts of Pure White and Old White. For the large island we decided this would be the perfect spot to have some color fun. We love deep blues so we decided to go with Napoleonic Blue that was deepened just a bit with its complementary color, Barcelona Orange, to make a lovely navy blue.
Before beginning any larger home improvement project, such as painting your kitchen cabinets, we always advise testing out each step of your finish first in an inconspicuous area just to make sure everything is going the way you planned. You can test paint in the toe kick area or on the back of a drawer front as an example. If any problems arise, you can then make the appropriate correction. If you are new to painting, we suggest that you paint a small piece of furniture first to practice your painting technique. Choose a method that you will be comfortable with. After all, you’ll be duplicating it over many doors and drawers and frames!
Ensure that your cabinets are clean and free of any grease, oils, surface particles, and the like. Use a safe-to-use biodegradable cleaner and gently clean; a Scotch Brite pad is a good choice for this type of cleaning as it will slightly abrade the surface, making it ready to accept your new paint layers. Be sure to rinse afterwards with warm water, and leave to dry completely.
Many cabinets are of a darker stain color and can require multiple coats of paint for good coverage, especially if you are using lighter colors. An easy way to eliminate this problem is to begin with a very quick coat of either Country Grey (for under warmer colors) or Paris Grey (for under cooler colors). Both colors offer good coverage, and this important first step will make your subsequent paint layers go on much quicker. This coating should be quite thin and don’t worry if a bit of your underlying color shows through. Leave to dry. If you’re not in a great hurry, letting this layer dry overnight can be best as it will allow the paint to begin the bonding process to whatever type of finish is underneath. We like to use the Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush for painting as it holds lots of paint and gets easily into the corners. Some handy items to have on hand are some Annie Sloan Sanding Pads for smoothing and a small razor knife for picking out any loose bristles.
Paint on one or more coats of Chalk Paint® until you have good coverage, using even brush strokes and painting in the way the cabinets were constructed. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. Carefully sand each coat once dried for any loose bristles stuck in the paint or any unsightly accumulation of paint along edges and in corners; loose bristles can be easily removed with the tip of a razor knife and lumps and bumps can be smoothed with a fine grit Annie Sloan sanding pad. If these occur in your final coat, make your corrections and then apply another thin coat of paint to help ensure an overall even look to your finish.
Apply a thin coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax using an Annie Sloan Wax Brush, gently spreading the wax over the surface and using the tip of the brush to get the wax into any corners and detailed edges. Use a clean, lint-free absorbent cloth to remove the excess wax. Have lots of clean cloths on hand and remember to switch to a clean one when the current one becomes clogged with wax.
Leave to dry until the wax no longer feels cool to the touch (this will typically take 10 – 20 minutes). Add another thin coat of clear wax to even out the finish and wipe away any excess wax.
For best results, let the remaining wax dry 24 hours. Then gently buff the finish with clean soft cotton rags. Inspect the surface carefully. If the sheen is still a bit uneven, apply another thin coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and wipe away the excess wax. Let the wax dry yet another 24 hours and then gently buff.
At this stage, the finish is still what one might call “soft.” It will start to harden and become more durable as the solvents in the wax evaporate. This hardening process is known as “curing,” a process that can take between 5 and 21 days. During this time, avoid excess handling, extreme heat and moisture, and harsh cleaning products. When the curing process is complete, you should have a finish that you will enjoy for years to come!
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