I am done!
Painting cabinets is exhausting enough the first time around, but painting them twice is just crazy. I made the mistake of using a 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. 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 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 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!
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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!