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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

What an inspiring project. I’m trying to tackle my bathroom cabinets and kitchen cabinets and chalk paint is giving me a headache. I’ve light oak painted the bathroom cabinets black and now I’m putting on the poly that you suggested in semi gloss. It’s still a little chalky to the touch and when I touch it even a bit it leaves marks. That’s after one coat of poly. I tried lightly sanding before I put a 2nd coat of poly. I hoped for a smoother finish that doesn’t scruff easily. Also my kitchen cabinets are the same oak, and I’m painting those white, Now I’m on my second coat and it still shows through. Not happy 🙁 I was hoping 2 coat will suffice. I’m using Valspar chalk paint though, maybe that’s why the coverage is not good. Black covered way faster. Now, I want to achieve a little more smooth texture, the chalky texture is a bit scary, how am I ever gonna be able to wipe those cabinets down. Now I’m scared!! Help! Should I have sanded between chalk paint coats? What if I used black latex over chalk paint, have you ever tried that? Thanks, Goga
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Hi Nancy, I had to go try the latex over chalk paint and boy am I happy with the results. Chalk paint (white) was just not covering fast enough, I would probably need 3 cans or more, so I decided to use it as a primer, so it’s still worth it to me, since I didn’t have to sand. I’m doing two coats of latex over chalk. I did varathane in the bathroom over black chalk paint and that looks great, too. I might try DIY chalk paint next time to save even more and use it as a primer. Thanks for the inspiration though, you gave me the idea to start painting, I didn’t want to do it before because it required sanding which I hate.
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

And you absolutely have to seal your chalk paint with something, or the paint will flake, rub off, or stain (same goes for milk paint).  I read a post recently from a blogger who painted her cabinets with chalk paint and then used paste wax (the traditional chalk paint sealer) to seal off her cabinets.  In her post she shares why that was a bad move (think dirty wax that you just can’t get clean . . .). You can read her post here.
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I am finishing up painting my kitchen cabinets with ASCP in true white. Let me caution anyone who thinks, as I did, 2 coats and you’re done. The cabinets were pine with a dark stain applied over 30 years ago. Darker stains will bleed through chalk paint. So not only did I end up wih several coats of chalk paint, but had to sand it off and apply shellac to seal the wood and pretty much start over. Also keep in mind chalk paint is meant to be sanded or “distressed”. I used it because of the 2 coats, no prep claim. Hard to sand , in the traditional way, with paint that “wants” to come off. So now I have sanded, shellaced, about 3 coats of Annie Sloan and now finishing with 3 or 4 coats of General’s polyacrylic. I think they really look nice, but MUCH more work than I thought!
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Love the combo of the grey and cream cabinets! We were all set to paint our 6 year old maple kitchen cabinets with chalk paint (from the Caromel Coulours line) but my husband and I could not find the time to do it and were a little worried about our ability to do it well, not leave brush lines, etc. Our house is pretty new so i guess we were worried about it looking like a DIY project. So we have hired someone to do it but he will NOT use the chalk paint and will instead have to do all the prep and then use a Benjamin Moore waterborne advanced something or other that he feels comfortable with. I felt fine with the chalk paint but he could not be convinced. I enjoyed reading about your project.
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I had to go try the latex over chalk paint and boy am I happy with the results. Chalk paint (white) was just not covering fast enough, I would probably need 3 cans or more, so I decided to use it as a primer, so it’s still worth it to me, since I didn’t have to sand. I’m doing two coats of latex over chalk. I did varathane in the bathroom over black chalk paint and that looks great, too.

Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Hi Christy! I did not sand them at all. Before I painted I smoothed them out a bit with very fine grit sandpaper..only in spots, where needed (and cleaned very well). I didn’t sand at all in between the “oops too yellow” coat either. 😉 There are some brush strokes but they are from my first paint job 10 years ago showing through. I didn’t really have much of a problem with the Chalk Paint leaving strokes. I made sure to keep it pretty thin when applying so I think that helped a lot (and a good brush, of course). You could spray it on also. (I have sprayed Chalk Paint with my paint sprayer but don’t do it much as it’s a pain to set it up and spray!lol It did work just fine with the Chalk Paint though..not sure if you’ve tried that) Also, I think the application of the Varathane as a finish really helped to make them look more “smooth” as well. Can’t wait to see yours!! I am sure they will be beautiful! xo Nancy I will tell you, this was SO much easier than the first time I sanded (and sanded and sanded) the cabinets and painted them. I suppose it must have been since I was brave enough to do it twice in 2 weeks! 😉 (story of my life! lol)
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Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

H Lauren, this paint does have a chalky appearance like normal chalk paint. However, unlike most chalk paint Amy Howard’s One Step Paint doesn’t require a sealer. I just don’t know about not using a sealer on cabinets… Chalk-type paint would work well on oak since it’s so thick and can help hide the grain. Good luck on whatever you decide to do!
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Also my kitchen cabinets are the same oak, and I’m painting those white, Now I’m on my second coat and it still shows through. Not happy 🙁 I was hoping 2 coat will suffice. I’m using Valspar chalk paint though, maybe that’s why the coverage is not good. Black covered way faster. Now, I want to achieve a little more smooth texture, the chalky texture is a bit scary, how am I ever gonna be able to wipe those cabinets down. Now I’m scared!! Help! Should I have sanded between chalk paint coats? What if I used black latex over chalk paint, have you ever tried that? Thanks, Goga
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I had my cabinets professionally painted in December – from orange oak to deep gray lowers and white uppers. Love the look but hate the paint – Benjamin Moore Advance – that stuff is total crap and is chipping like crazy, already. 10 years ago I painted the birch cabinets in my old house with Behr (high gloss) and that held up well. I did sand though – the pros just used a deglosser. If your cabinets are flat enough that you can sand, I’d bite the bullet and do that before painting. I do do chalk painting, and I started out not priming except over mahogany. Now I just do one thin coat of primer over everything, it’s really quite easy to hit it with the 1-2-3 from Zinsser, and then your light colored chalk paints will cover well with one coat. If your kitchen is small enough that you could do it yourself, and you don’t want a shiny finish, I’d go with chalk paint and polycrylic.
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Hi Brenda! Chalk paint is a type of paint that requires no prep work. You typically don’t have to sand or prime – just wipe down a piece and go! It has great adhesion, and it sticks to most surfaces. You often finish chalk paint with wax, but I would not suggest a wax for cabinets, table/desk tops and floors. Chalk paint is available now almost anywhere – most craft and hardware stores sell it. I hope this helps!
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My kitchen is now light and refreshing and a very cheerful place to be. And I love it! And I can’t believe how much easier it was to use Chalk Paint vs traditional latex paint for my cabinets. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you everything you need to know on how to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. Ok, at least everything I know!

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