My first DIY of the summer is complete! Redoing my Memall’s kitchen cabinets is by far the biggest project I have ever taken on. Boy does it feel good to be finished!
I used my favorite Annie Sloan chalk paint and once again I am in love with the finished product! This paint seriously makes painting so much easier and gives everything such a great look. This was my first time using the Annie Sloan clear soft wax and I love it! I think I toned up my right arm quite a bit by waxing all of the cabinets, but it was so worth it! (Its times like this that I wish I were ambidextrous…)
To give you an idea of what we were working with, check out the before pictures. We didn’t get the whole kitchen before because we were just too eager to get started! We chose Paris Grey for the cabinets and used clear wax to give them a flat/matte look. This is the first time I have painted with Annie Sloan without distressing and using dark wax but I love the look it gave her kitchen! If you can’t tell, we did this in the most lazy way possible. We kept all the dishes inside and really only painted the outsides of the cabinets. (The insides are a different project for a different day…) Most of the insides have been tiled and we plan to tile the rest soon! But for now, we are very pleased with the outcome!
We sprayed the door handles and replaced the hinges to match the other dark brass accents.
We applied a pretty heavy first coat to all the cabinets and doors. On the second coat we used much more water with our paint so that it lasted longer and was free from brush strokes. Had we been going for a more distressed look we would have used more water to thin out our layers. We ended up using almost 4 quarts of the chalk paint and almost a whole can of clear wax.
See more helpful tips on my other Annie Sloan reno projects: Dresser and Medicine Cabinet, Entertainment Center, and Chalkboard Coffee Table.
If you are planning on painting cabinets, you should be aware: When reattaching the doors you will most likely run into the problem of them not fitting properly. Some of the doors were sticking a little (probably because of the layers of paint and wax) and some almost didn’t shut at first. Nothing a little sanding on the edges cant fix, but its something to think about before taking all your doors off! This might not be the case with newer cabinets; these were about 60 years old!
In total, we spent seven days working in the kitchen. This was definitely a bigger project than we originally imagined. But, it was so much fun getting to spend time together doing something we both enjoy! I absolutely inherited the “do-it-yourselfer” gene from my Memall!
That being said… drumroll please…
TA DA!I can’t get over how much a little paint completely opened up the space. It feels so much brighter and bigger now. I was channeling my inner Joanna Gaines to put the fishing touches on the kitchen. I am so in love! We both agreed that “staging” was our favorite part.
I loved this project almost as much as I love my Memall. I can’t wait for our next project!
Thanks for reading!