Painting kitchen cabinets – I am all done! Painting cabinets is exhausting enough the first time around, but painting them twice is just crazy. I made the mistake of using wax as the sealer (for my chalk paint), and it didn’t work for our family (to see more about why I didn’t like the wax, click HERE). However, I used a liquid sealer the second time around and am much happier with the result.
When I repainted the cabinets, I did not sand or prime them. I simply cleaned off the cabinets and painted (using a brush and small roller) the chalk-type paint. However, I did find a few more nicks that happened with my second round of paint. I assume this has to do with painting over the wax, and the majority of this happened at the kitchen bar where my kids bump the bar stools:
If you paint over a previously waxed surface, I would suggest sanding and priming. I ended up priming under the counter and repainting under the bar. So far the nicks aren’t happening as often.
I still had some cabinets left to paint, so I went ahead and primed any of the cabinets that still needed to be repainted.
I also suggest painting cabinets in sections for sanity and removing all hardware before painting.
I painted the short wall of uppers cream again, but I changed the large wall of cabinets. Originally they were also painted cream, and I asked for your help deciding whether to keep the cream or go with gray. I received so much feedback from everyone, and it was so helpful. Obviously, I went with the gray, and now my black appliances blend in so much better!
This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Here’s what I used the second time around:
- Amy Howard One Step Paint in Selznick Grey
- Amy Howard One Step Paint in Linen
- Amy Howard Sealer (I prefer the matte)
I have learned a lot from my cabinet painting saga. My advice: If you use a chalk-type paint, use a sealer like the one I used or a polycrylic (instead of wax). And if you’re like me and want to repaint previously wax-sealed cabinets, sand and prime before repainting them for the best possible results.
Phew. I’m so glad I am done. Now I can move on to another project!
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