I spent last week repainting all the lower cabinets in our kitchen. A little over two years ago, I painted them with chalk paint. Here’s what they looked like before:
And here’s how the cabinets looked when we first moved into our home (sorry it’s not the same angle):
The chalk paint itself has held up really well (to see my earlier tutorial, click HERE).
However, I made one mistake. That mistake is the reason I spent last week repainting them, and I don’t want you to do it!
I used wax as my sealer.
It is hard to see in photos, but the wax was next to impossible to clean in the kitchen. Dirt and grime got caught in the crevices, and the wax did not clean up easily.
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I recently became a huge fan of Amy Howard’s One Step Paint (her version of chalk paint). I painted my kitchen table (click HERE for the tutorial) with this paint, and I used her Matte Sealer (which is similar to a polycrylic). It has held up so well, and it is so easy to wipe down the table!
I want to repaint all of my cabinets, but it is a job to paint cabinets. I decided to pace myself and begin with the lower cabinets.
I painted right over the previously painted cabinets sealed with wax.
I would recommend a coat of primer if you paint over cured wax like I did. However, most likely you are not painting over wax and will not need a primer.
I used a brush for the crevices and a roller for the flatter areas.
I gave everything two coats of paint (allowing the first coat to completely dry before I added the second coat) and finished with a couple coats of the sealer.
I applied this the matte sealer the same way I applied the paint.
I have already noticed such a difference between the sealer and the wax. Now when my kids sit at the bar, I don’t have to worry as much. All the dirt they kick up can now be easily wiped away!
I’m already excited to get started on the rest of the cabinets! Now’s my opportunity to switch it up a bit. What do you think – stay with the cream or paint everything gray?
Here’s a supply list for painting cabinets with this chalk-based paint:
- Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint
- Amy Howard at Home Sealer (I used the matte)
- 2.5″ Flat Brush
- Small Foam Roller
- Painters Tape
- Drop Cloth
- Screwdriver (to remove the hardware)
If you’re getting ready to paint your cabinets with a chalk-based paint, don’t make my mistake. Use a sealer other than wax. I love Amy Howard’s Matte Sealer, but you can also used a polycrylic. I have had a lot of success with Minwax’s version.
Go paint something!
UPDATE: I finished painting ALL the cabinets – want to see the final result? Click HERE!
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