I’ve finished the kitchen cabinets and have details to share. This is the 2nd time I’ve used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Our kitchen isn’t big, but painting cabinets it a big project. Going from white (off white?) cabinets to this industrial gray color was quite a transformation. Check out the before and after pix to see what I mean.
The Before Cabinets
The After Cabinets
My Mom says the room looks much richer, now. I agree. It has more depth and of course more contrast. Of course I want a new stainless stove and dishwasher now. Lol. First things first, though, right?
For my cabinet painting I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint:
French Linen 2 Quarts
Annie Sloan Clear Wax (3/4 of small container)
Annie Sloan Dark Wax (sample sized container)
Old t-Shirt (for buffing wax)
Good quality paint brushes and waxing stipple brushes. I didn’t use the Annie Sloan waxing brushes. I would loved to have, but they were pretty pricey so I opted for a couple large dry brushes I had in my studio. I’m an artist so I have plenty.
Here is a brief step by step of the process I took.
After cleaning the cabinets, I applied two coats of paint. Let the first coat dry (an hour or so). Here is a shot cabinet after the first coat dried.
I did have to do a few touch ups after the 2nd coat.
After the paint was dry, I added a coat of wax. I did 75/25 ratio of clear and dark waxes. The dark wax gave the paint more depth. If I used just clear wax, the paint would have been very flat, but with a sheen. I wanted more than than, thus the ratio. Lucky for me the store I got the supplies from sold samples of the dark wax for only $5.95 or something. So I saved a bit on having to buy 2 colors of waxes.
After the wax was dry (60-90 minutes) I buffed the wax with an old t-shirt. My sister recommended the old t-shirt. It worked great for me. I was previously told (by the store owner in my area) to buff the wax with wadded up tissue paper, and that was really tough for me. Took forever, too. That was when I used these paints for the 1st time, and it was just a table top. So, I vote old t-shirt! It’s a work out, but it’s much easier.
When adding the wax, work quickly and in the same direction as the paint strokes you took.
Here is a close up of the finished cabinet, with new hardware, too.
I must say that this is a lot of steps, and a lot of work. Put patience on your supply list, too. It is also more costly than just a gallon of your everyday paint from your favorite paint store. Which is was I used when I painted the cabinets white 10 or so years ago. I love the depth of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax though. We are very pleased with the results!
I also painted the insides of the cabinets. Uhm, I guess I have a love of Starbucks cups. And Anthropologie, too….but who doesn’t? This photo is really blown out…but you get the idea.
Here is the before and after shots side by side:
Of course, now I’m on the hunt around the rest of the kitchen and house…looking for some more furniture to transform with paint!