Are you considering chalk painting your cabinets? If so, keep reading so you don’t make the mistake I made…
A little over two years ago, 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:
The chalk paint itself has held up really well (to see my earlier tutorial, click HERE).
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 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 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 foam 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!
I am already excited to get started on the rest of the cabinets! What do you think – stay with the cream or paint everything gray?
If you are considering painting your cabinets with chalk paint, don’t make my mistake. Use a sealer other than wax in the kitchen.
I finished painting ALL the cabinets – want to see the final result? Click HERE!
Here’s my supply list for this project:
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- 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 spray chalk paint? 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 paint something!
*This post contains affiliate links and is a sponsored post by Amy Howard at Home. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.
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