If you are considering using chalk paint on your cabinets, this is a must-read. Don’t make my mistake! Learn from why I repainted my chalk painted cabinets.
When we first moved into our home, I painted our kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. This is what they looked like before (the first time I painted them):
And here is a photo of how our kitchen cabinets originally looked when we first moved into our home:
Why I Repainted my Chalk Painted Cabinets
The chalk paint itself has held up really well. However, I made one mistake. Unfortunately it was a big mistake – so big that I had to repaint the cabinets.
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.
I had to repaint my cabinets.
I used a chalk-type paint again, and I painted right over the previously painted cabinets sealed with wax. I would recommend sanding and/or a coat (or two) of primer if you paint over cured wax. However, most likely you are not painting over wax and will not need a primer. To apply the paint, I used a brush for the crevices and a roller for the flat areas.
I painted everything with two coats (allowing the first coat to completely dry before I added the second coat) and finished with a two coats of sealer. I applied this the matte sealer the same way I applied the paint, but you can also use a water-based sealer like a polycrylic (found at any hardware store). 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!
If you are considering painting your cabinets with chalk paint, don’t make my mistake (which is why I repainted my chalk painted cabinets).
Use a sealer other than wax in the kitchen.
Here’s my supply list for this project:
- 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)
Did you know you can also apply chalk paint in a sprayer? I HIGHLY recommend this method.
See how my laundry room cabinets turned out by going HERE.
Painting our kitchen cabinets helped me love the space until we could remodel it:
See the full DIY kitchen remodel reveal (and journey) HERE!
Go create something!
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