To date, my most popular post is my initial post about our kitchen cabinets.
It has been roughly 18 months since we have painted them and I get at least 3 questions a week about them. That tells me it's time for an update.
To start, here are the products I used on my cabinets:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old Ochre and French Linen
-applied with quality paint brush
Annie Sloan Lacquer
-applied with foam brush
We wanted a rustic feel so most of the cabinets were covered in one coat. This is also because we used colors that go on thicker than others. After they dried, we sanded with 220 sand paper on our palm sander. Once finished, we removed the dust and went over each section of the cabinets and doors with Annie Sloan Lacquer.
Why did you choose to Lacquer and not use the Clear Wax?
Our L-shaped kitchen has a lot of cabinet doors and tight spaces. I wanted something a bit faster than the wax. I was also concerned with the heat in the kitchen because our kitchen isn't air conditioned. I was unsure how the wax would hold up in the varying temperatures.
What is the deal with the Lacquer?
Annie Sloan's Lacquer is a floor lacquer that goes on with just a bit of a sheen. The directions say to use a roller but I was getting bubbles that way. I had best results with my cheap and trusty foam brush. It took a bit to get use to at first because my comfort zone is with the wax. However, it went on smoothly once I got the hang of it. **The Lacquer slightly yellowed my Old Ochre Cabinets.** This was not a problem for us because of the color and the look we were going for. However, I would not suggest it with Pure White or Old White. There are other ways to finish it that are more friendly with your whites.
How have they held up?
Beautifully. They look exactly as they did the day we finished them. It is NOT a factory finish look and thank goodness. I wanted a lived-in and comfortable, farmhouse look. That is what I got. I couldn't be happier with them.
Would you do it the same way again?
Paint - Yes
Lacquer - Maybe - There is a new product now called Top Coat by Artisan Enhancements. I would talk to my ASCP Stockist to see how it works on cabinets. The top coat is a great product but has a few quirks.
Please, be an educated painter and talk to your ASCP Certified Stockist. They wonderful people are extremely educated about what they do. They can give you simple tips that will make the world of difference. They can also gear you towards the products that are right for you. Kitchen cabinets are a permanent fixture to your home. Do it right.