Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Chalk Paint® Kitchen Cabinets - The Update

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. 

My Disclaimer:
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. 

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  1. Love your kitchen floors. Are they wood or laminate? I really enjoy your blog!

    1. Maureen, Thanks! The floors are Hickory Hardwood from Mendards. We have been SO happy with them. They can handle our big dogs.

  2. Your cabinets look great! I just finished painting our tops cabinets with Old Ochre. Ours were dark though and required three coats of it. I am like you and wanted more of a farmhouse feel and not factory finish.

  3. The cabinets look really good. Everything work perfect together.

  4. Your kitchen cabinets are beautiful.And like you I was not looking for a factory finish.I painted mine a year ago and like you could not be happier with how well they have held up!

  5. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how your cabinets turned out! These are the exact same design of my cabinets. They have the same curve on top. I have looked EVERYWHERE for ideas and paint colors to redo them. Please could post pics of your cabinets before? Are they a hard wood or wood like. Did you do a lot of sanding in preparation and do you use a primer? Any and all info would be greatly appreciated:)
    It looks like I've found the EXACT color I've been searching for, for the last two yrs. Thank you for the post!!!

  6. That's funny I have the same cabinets in Halifax, they look excellent don't they?

  7. Love your new kitchen cabinets. I am planning to paint my kitchen cabinets it has 33 doors, so I noticed that you just leave the doors hung when you paint it?

  8. Check Consumer Reports. They just did a review recently. I don't rememeber the exact month or the cabinet makers mentioned, but the article did reference what makes a difference and constitutes good quality. Good Luck! affordable kitchen cabinets

  9. What was the mixture of French linen and old ochre?

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  11. We will eventually be chalk painting our kitchen as well with a really country straw color. My problem is deciding on the finish/sealer. I really would like something that dries matte to not detract from the qualities of the chalk paint. I did a test run on my laundry room cabinets with a wipe on poly. Strangely, some areas have the matte look I want, but some are too shiny.

    So, I am wondering if the Annie Sloan dries to a nice matte finish, how many coats did it take and how many cans did you need to complete your kitchen?

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