Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets, done the right way.

There are a lot of blog post about failed chalk painted kitchen cabinets.  Sadly they finished their hard work with wax.  The key to a lasting finish is VAX, our wax-free non-toxic topcoat. We do not use any wax products and would never recommend that in a kitchen, bathroom, or near a window that gets direct sunlight. Wax isn’t permanent, it breaks down over time, and heat and moisture accelerate this.

Small Kitchen Transformation

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets, done the right way.

My daughter purchased a fixer-upper a few years ago and created an adorable farmhouse-style home.  Mostly with elbow grease, paint, and a good eye they took an eyesore and created a high demand home. They recently put it on the market, and it sold day one for over asking. My girl has an eye and I am a proud mom.

Her kitchen, while long and narrow, it draws you in.  Check out the before pictures, they would send anyone running.

She handled the cabinet boxes and they brought me doors and drawers.  I had planned on spraying them, but winter got here too fast so, I ended up using a brush.  They turned out so good. Can’t wait to see what they do in their new home.

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Step One:

Prep, because of some drippy stain, grease, and a small fire instead of cleaning only I ran vinegar-soaked sandpaper over everything to have a grease-free and smooth base for paint. Nothing uglier than painting over a big drip mark.

Step Two:

Rinse, I misted everything with water and wiped down with a damp washrag. Once dry I used a dry cloth to make sure there was no dust left behind.

Step Three:

Set up an area that is clean from dust and dog hair (that was hard). I set up tables so I could paint one side of all that would fit at one time.

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Step Four:

Paint, now the fun part, I used a good synthetic brush, but a quality roller would work too. If you want to roll have a good brush handy to get edges, grooves, and details.

Painted 2 coats of Shabby Paints Americano

Painting tips:

Keep your brush damp, don’t set it down for long periods of time, if the paint dries on your brush you will start to get drag marks in your finish. I keep a mason jar of water near and drop my brush in there so I can let the dog in and out every 20 min. ?

Make sure your smooth paint out on edges, before it dries so when you flip the doors over there, is not a thick edge to be sanded off.

Good lighting is just as important as the right paint and brush.

Step Five:

Wet Sand, this is not required, but I really believe cabinets should look factory done. They are touched, at eye level and who does not love a smooth buttery finish ?

Lightly mist a section of paint that has dried for 24 hours, use a fine-grit sanding sponge to go over using no pressure, if you want to distress then apply a little more pressure on the edges. Wipe section off with a damp washrag and repeat on the next section.

Step Six:

Protect with VAX. I applied 2 coats of Satin VAX using a damp sponge and smoothed out the VAX on edges and in the details using a cheap brush.  I Let dry for a week because they had to be stacked to transport back. We used wax paper in between doors to prevent any issues.

Now sit back and enjoy your beautiful kitchen.


How to apply VAX

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets
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