Annie Sloan Paint on Kitchen Cabinets

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!

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KadeeJuly 19, 2013 - 11:41 am

Teresa, it is a lot of work but as you said, it’s so worth it. I still waffle between regular paint and AS. In fact, my latest piece of furniture is painted with Swiss Coffee by BM. I love that creamy color! It’s only painted so far as I have yet to distress it. That will be the telling sign of which I prefer. Also, when I need to age it I have to figure out how I want to accomplish that. Your kitchen is fabulous and gray is such a hot color right now! Ok… break time… meet you at Starbucks!!

SuzanneJuly 19, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Teresa, Great job! I only hear good things about Annie Sloan paint. Funny, you are in the same position that I am in needing to update my stove and dishwasher to stainless. I had to laugh you even have the same microwave I just purchased. I bet the Meyers soap on the sink is even basil scent. Lol!!

JillJuly 19, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Love it!!! I painted my buffet in French Linen and love it. I am so tempted to change my kitchen cabinets…. but yikes!!! I have painted them twice already and the last time I said I would never do it again…. wish I could just wiggle my nose and have a new kitchen!!! Great job Mc Fab!!! As always!

JeanneJuly 19, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Teresa, the cabinets look awesome! I think I’m going to try it on my cabinets. Thanks for posting the pics. Did you have to do any sanding before applying the paint?

Home Improvement Northern VirginiaJuly 30, 2013 - 1:42 am

Really snowed with all collection of these cabinet transformations! It’s a great inspirational thing so that how much you can improve a space with paint. Thanks for sharing!

Susan OwenAugust 11, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Did you just paint over the hardware or did you remove
the doors and hardware?

adminAugust 16, 2013 - 11:20 am

Susan, I just painted over the hardware. Probably a mistake, but too late now. It is holding up nicely though.

Trina FinleySeptember 28, 2013 - 5:48 pm

The paint was running when I put it on my laminate kitchen cabinets. Any suggestions?

HennyOctober 9, 2013 - 9:57 am

Hi Teresa,
Love your new look of your kitchen cabinets. I am planning to do mine soon. But before to do that maybe you can help me with some question that I have. I have about 35 doors cabinets how many cans do I need and how long I can finish this project. Hopefully you can share some thoughts. Tks. Henny

PamOctober 11, 2013 - 3:52 pm

I am painting a kitchen for a client (for the first time). I have done tables, chairs, furniture…..
I was wondering how your wax is holding up? I am nervous that the cabinets above her stove will discolor from the frying that she does. I have been told that using scrubbles glaze is maybe a better option. Any thoughts on that? I start in two wks. and want as much info. as possible.


adminOctober 22, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Pam, The Annie Sloan wax on the cabinets is doing great so far. It’s been a couple months and I haven’t had any troubles!

adminOctober 22, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Hi Henny,

I’m just going to guess on how much paint you will need and say 4 quarts to be sure. I used 1 and 2/3 quarts to cover 14 cabinets and 5 or so drawers. I covered them twice. As for the wax, I think one can of it would be perfect for your needs. Get the brush, too. You have a lot to cover and will appreciate how easy it is to use.

MollyMarch 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

I painted my cabinets last summer with latex paint. They are not holding up! How is the Annie Sloan holding up to wear and tear in the kitchen. My cabinets were white too and I went with a gray as well. Now all of the “chips” are white under the gray. So disappointing after all of that work!

Michele CoulterJune 25, 2014 - 7:43 am

I love your kitchen cabinets painted with the AS French Linen. I have been hesitant to paint the cabinets in our kitchen (they are wood and resemble yours). I actually had seen a gray Valspar color that I loved so the French Linen is right up my alley. However, I wasn’t looking forward to taking down the cabinets and removing all of the hardware (14 cabinets and five drawers). We have black appliances and a white formica counter. I would imagine that I would have to give them a good cleaning first before applying the chalk paint. I would get new hardware for the pulls and paint over the hinges (a no/no I realize). We live in an old house and all of the brass fixtures on windows and doors were painted over. So, when we painted my significant other removed all of the hardware, cleaned and polished the brass. A task to be sure.
From what I can gather, you left your cabinets up. Did you wax the inside of the cabinets as well or just the outside?
We live in Western Massachusetts and I am not sure where to purchase the AS chalk paint. I will have to do some googling to find out.
Whatever comments you can provide will be appreciated. Thank you.

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