Chalk Paint can be used in a Paint Sprayer!

Chalk paint can be used in a paint sprayer

I don’t know where I’ve been, but I just discovered that you can put chalk-type paint in a paint sprayer!

I have been a fan of chalk-type paint for years and have used Amy Howard’s version (One Step Paint) successfully on many different projects (like this bench, my kitchen cabinets, and my kitchen table).  However, I have always used the traditional brush route – until now.

I was sent the Amy Howard handheld paint sprayer especially designed for her One Step Paint and was very impressed with how well it works.  It only requires watering down the paint a little, and the sprayer provides a beautiful, smooth finish.

My cabinets were a very 90’s dark green.  In my previous makeover I left the desk area green and only worried about the cabinets people saw from the doorway.  I painted the cabinets that were visible cream, and I always regretted the cream next to my very white washer and dryer.

I decided to paint all the cabinets (including my desk area) a new color.

I sanded the cabinets that I had previously painted cream and didn’t worry about sanding the other cabinets I had never painted.

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I cleaned all the cabinets with a rag and Simple Green.

All the doors and drawers were painted in my garage.

Early in the design stage, I wanted colorful cabinets and ordered Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Barefoot in the Park.  However, I fell in love with this image on Pinterest (unfortunately I don’t know the source).

I decided to mix some colors to create a soft similar color.

I played around with a little paint to get the perfect color.  Once I felt confident in my ratios, I used an empty gallon can and mixed a batch large enough for both sets of cabinets in my laundry room.

I used:

  • 1 quart Barefoot in the Park
  • 1 quart Ballet White
  • 1 quart Luxe Grey

I used the sprayer and applied thin coats of the paint.

I used a brush and foam rollers to paint the cabinet frames and sealed the paint with a Gloss Sealer.  I applied the sealer just like I did the paint.  I sprayed the doors and drawers with the sealer (but no thinning is required) and I used a brush and roller for the rest of the cabinets.

And after an afternoon of painting, my cabinets were a gorgeous new custom color!

I used Hickory Hardware’s gold Skylight Pulls, and they are the PERFECT accent for my cabinets.  They are just gorgeous!

This room was definitely a labor of love, and I really am so excited to share the full reveal HERE!

I have a few finishing touches left (like caulking around the tile and finding accessories for the space), but the hard work has been done.

UPDATE: It has been almost two years since I painted these cabinets, and they still look great!  Spraying helped provide a smooth finish, and I ALWAYS recommend a water-based sealer rather than a wax for cabinets. You can go here to see why I don’t recommend wax on cabinets.

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Comments

  1. Gwen says

    I probably missed it but what did you use on top of the paint to finish the product? Did you use the sprayer for that? It looks great!!! I can’t believe how much you get done in a short time period!

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      You didn’t miss it – I forgot to mention it! I added it into the post, but I used a water-based gloss sealer. I used the sprayer for the sealer on the doors and drawers and applied the sealer to the cabinet bases with a brush and roller. Thanks, Gwen!

  2. Debbie says

    These look awesome! Love your subway tile too. Are your cabinets formica or wood? I’m dying to try painting my kitchen cabinets but they’re formica and I’m afraid they would chip. I’ve seen many people painting their cabinets when they are the builder grade oak.

  3. Stephanie L. Robertson says

    These look fantastic, Sara! I thought about painting my wood cabinets but am a little nervous that I’ll mess them us.

    Thanks for recommending the sprayer, I was wondering how those things work for non-pro painters like myself.

  4. Lindsay says

    Great tutorial, and love that laundry room! This may be a silly question, but how did you water down the paint? With a thinner? And how much did you use for how much paint?

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