It has been a busy couple of weeks and I am so excited to share this post with you! We did it! We finally painted our kitchen cabinets and we couldn’t be more happy with the results! Painting kitchen cabinets can be time consuming and a lot of hard work but it can also save you money. We don’t have the money for a kitchen renovation but our dated kitchen was just sad. I mean yellow, dark, just sad!
I’ve been using a chalky finish paint to update furniture. This method saves us so much money I can’t even begin to shout it’s praises! Here’s what it looked like before. Yes those are brownies sitting on the stove top. Come on over and I will make you some! Or if you want to make your own here’s the recipe.
The first step is to prep the surface. Take down all doors (hinges and pulls) and clean them. I use a water and bleach solution to help lift the grim and polish off. Let that dry and you can begin to paint your cabinets. That’s right no prep work! Just start painting kitchen cabinets. My chalky finish paint recipe is 1/3 cup plaster of paris mixed with 1/3 water and 1 cup (sample size) paint.
Next you will sand. Sand the paint smooth and sand areas you want to look antiqued. You can then wax all painted surfaces if you like the color as is. Or you can stain the surface to warm up the color and emphasize the antiqued look. The way you stain the color is to cover the surface completely with stain. Then you wipe the stain off. I like to wipe with the grain of the wood if possible. Be consistent because your strokes will show.
We plan to paint the upper cabinets white. We also decided to save more money by spray painting the hardware. (More on that here)
Are you considering painting your kitchen cabinets?