How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

I have wanted white kitchen cabinets for FOREVER. But all three of the houses that we’ve owned, all came with dark cherry kitchen cabinets. Now don’t get me wrong, cherry is nice! But in our current home, the cherry cabinets really bugged me. Like really BUGGED me! Mainly because we have dark wood floors in our kitchen and the kitchen is on the north side of the house. So the kitchen always felt so dark and not…. happy to me. And I like happy kitchens! {I mean, who doesn’t like to eat, right?!}

Plus, it kinda felt like someone puked WOOD all over my kitchen. Just sayin. {see the before picture}

So I was itching to find a way to paint my kitchen cabinets without footing a huge painting bill or spending half my life sanding away and priming cabinet doors. And I found it! This is the easy way to DIY paint your kitchen cabinets white!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint :: The Easy Way!

How to paint Kitchen Cabinets white with no prep using chalk paint powder.

Ok, let me tell you about my good friend, Heather. Heather started a creative lifestyle blog, Whipperberry, not long after I started this blog. Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 12.29.56 AMHeather and I met back in 2011 when we both attended our first blog conference in Arizona. We were instant friends and we stayed in contact to help each other navigate the crazy blogging world. We’ve been in many Blogging Facebook groups together and shared hotel rooms at conferences and events. So I’ve known Heather for awhile.

Well, a little over a year ago, Heather joined forces with a friend and they have launched a revolutionary DIY product known as BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder. Heather mentioned the powder on social media and so last fall I texted her and asked if it would work on kitchen cabinets. She replied, “Yes!” And so last March, Heather flew here to Virginia to help me paint my kitchen cabinets white with BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder and my kitchen will never be the same!

DIY Kitchen Makeover :: painted white cabinets are easier than I thought!

My kitchen is now light and refreshing and a very cheerful place to be. And I love it! And I can’t believe how much easier it was to use Chalk Paint vs traditional latex paint for my cabinets. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you everything you need to know on how to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. Ok, at least everything I know!

DIY Modern farmhouse kitchen

After painting the cabinets white with chalk paint, Davis and I did a few more projects like the back splash {you can find the thermoplastic tiles here}, new mason jar pendant light fixture {so easy! 20 mins + $20. check it out here}, wood cornice, and more. I’ll share all the details about our complete kitchen makeover in another post real soon! Promise. But right now, I know you’re dying to find out how we painted our kitchen cabinets white!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White

DIY Painted Kitchen Cabinets :: NO prep, no sanding, now priming. Yes please!

Chalk paint is like no other paint you’ve ever used. And it will change how you view ALL your furniture, cabinets, and vanities. Trust me. I am itching to paint EVERYTHING in my house now! Chalk paint is so easy to work with and the results are AMAZING! BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder makes it so that you can turn any Flat Latex paint into chalk paint.

Now I’ve tried other chalk paints because I was curious how they compared to BB Frosch and honestly, they just don’t compare! My good friend, Cindi and I tried one out together and we both were shocked at the difference. The other chalk paint did not distress, it just simply smeared. It was simply awful.

One of the many things I love about chalk paint, is that it dries quickly. And I live in a humid climate. After we finished a coat of paint, we were able to start another coat. There was no waiting between coats. This alone speeds up the time!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Supplies

2 – 16oz containers BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder, Flat Latex Paint {we used 1.5 gallons of Coronado paint by Benjamin Moore in Bistro White}, paint brush, wax brush, squeeze bottle, BB Frosch clear wax, 200 grit sand paper, wax cloth, small container of water {for brushes}, tongue depressor or small stir stick, lint free cloth, painters tape* {optional}.

*We used very little tape because chalk paint wipes off very easily for 24 hours. We easily wiped the spots as we went. Plus we planned to paint the kitchen walls gray, so it didn’t matter if we painted the wall. I think the only thing that we taped was on the wood floor along the quarter round. 

Instructions

{note: The following 3 images are from my Instagram account.}

  1. First, clean your surface. I used a simple degreaser on my cabinets.
  2. Mix your Chalk Paint: In a squeeze bottle, mix 2 heaping tablespoons BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder with 1 tablespoon water, swish until it has a donut glaze consistency. Add 8oz of latex paint and put the cap on and shake well. How to paint with chalk paint
  3. With a paint brush, apply an even coat of paint. It does not matter if all the brush strokes in going in exactly the right direction, because the paint will level on its own. I felt like I got better coverage going in opposite directions, or hashtagging, as Heather called it. Chalk paint dries quickly, so you should be able to move to the next coat once you finish the first coat.
  4. Second coat, evenly apply paint, but be careful not to overwork the paint as it will activate the first coat.
  5. Third coat, evenly apply another coat, making sure to cover thin spots well. Again, do not overwork the paint because it can activate previous coats. Painting kitchen cabinets with chalk paint
  6. Allow paint to thoroughly dry. Depending on humidity, it can be around 30-60 minutes. {the final coats take a little longer to dry than the first coat} Then using 200 grit sand paper, lightly sand to smooth out the paint. It doesn’t take much sanding to get a velvety smooth finish. So do not over sand!
  7. If you want a distressed look, lightly sand the edges of the cabinets. Again, chalk paint distresses awesomely, so start out light and you can add more distressing if you’d like. If you mess up, you can simply touch up with a little paint, let it dry and sand again. I did a fairly light distressing on my cabinets just to add texture. But if you like the chunky distressed look, you could very easily do that.
  8. Wipe off all the dust and then apply wax. Watch this 15 second video to learn how to wax. Its easier to show you how to wax, then it is to tell you! But I will say, you don’t need as much wax as you think you’ll need. A little goes a LONG way! chalk paint, distressed, and wax kitchen cabinet door.
  9. After you’ve waxed, buff with a wax cloth. The more you buff, the more it shines. :)

Now I wanted to add a picture of Heather and I when we were almost done painting the kitchen, but for some reason, I can’t find it on  my computer anywhere. Its really late so I will keep looking and add it when I find it.

Kitchen Makeover DIY :: how to paint kitchen cabinets white

Frequently Asked Questions

Time

Now I know you’re wondering how long it took to complete our white painted cabinets. Well, when Heather was here for 3 days, we painted almost non-stop and got about 80% done. Then after she left, life happened and it took Davis and I a couple more weeks to finish the last 20%. So I would say, depending on the size of your kitchen and how dedicated you are to painting every day, plan on 1-3 weeks. We probably could have knocked it out in 1 week, but we had a lot going on in our lives at the time and it just wasn’t possible.

Maintenance

WIPING :: I wipe my cabinets a lot. Especially the lower cabinets. White shows all the dirt, so I find myself about once a week wiping down the bottom cabinets in high traffic spots i.e. under the sink, by the dishwasher, and at the bar. So far, the paint and wax hold up fine to my wiping with a rag. I am sure I will need to re-wax every once in awhile though.

STEAM MOP :: The paint has not held up as good on the quarter round where I got it with my steam mop. I have learned to be careful and not touch the quarter round with my steam mop, because the paint and the steam mop don’t like each other.

FOOD :: The paint does well with most foods. Spaghetti sauce on the other hand, is my white chalk paint’s worst nightmare. No matter how quick I wipe it up, spaghetti sauce will always leave an orange spot. Although I have found that the orange does fade over time, but it does not completely disappear*.

WASHABLE MARKERS :: Thanks to my adorable 2 year old, I am experienced with markers on chalk paint. Although washable markers say they are washable, on chalk paint, they MOSTLY wash off. I have found that you have to wipe it off right after it gets colored on for best result and in one pass or it will leave a shadow or some color. I’ve gotten off most washable markers, but the cheap washable markers are worse than name brand for wiping off chalk paint*. Which is true with most household surfaces too. Just stay away from cheap “washable” markers. You can use a Magic Eraser to get most of the spots off. But then you’ll need to wax over the spot. So be careful using a Magic Eraser.

*I believe using polyurethane instead of wax would prevent a lot of the food and marker issues I have. If I were to do it over again, I would probably poly the bottom cabinets or at least the high traffic areas. I think the poly would protect the paint a little better and clean up better. I plan to touch up my bar and then apply poly in the near future. I will update this post when I do.

Touch Ups 

Simply paint over the spot using your finger or a cotton swab. Apply as many coats as needed, but I found 1-2 is all that’s usually needed. Allow to dry and then sand/distress and wax the spot.

Inside Cabinet Doors

I did not paint the inside of my cabinet doors. I plan to, but again, life is kinda crazy right now, so it will have to wait. But it will eventually get done! {fingers crossed}

Casings

I recommend using a small or medium brush when painting or waxing the casings. The casings are fairly narrow and its just easier to use a smaller brush.

DIY painted kitchen cabinets :: She used a no prep, no priming method. Such an easy way to do it!

Well, I hope that answers a lot of your questions on how to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best answering them!

FAQ:

What did you use for your backsplash? They are Prefabricated Thermoplastic Tiles. I love how easy they were to install and they are easy to maintain. I simply wipe them off with cloth. And a huge bonus, they hide dirt and food spatters really well! You can find the tiles at Home Depot and Lowes. But I found them the cheapest on Amazon here.

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥
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  1. 1

    You kitchen turned out beautiful! I love it!

    Paige

  2. 2
    Karen H

    Your cabinets look wonderful! Thank you for the great tutorial, too!

    I also really like your backsplash…. do you have a post on that? I did a search, but it did not find one. If not, any information would be appreciated! Thank you!

    1. 2.1

      Thanks, Karen! I will post about the backsplash and a couple other details in the next week or two :) I’ll try to remember and come back here and let you know when I do!

    2. 2.2
      Paula Saulnier

      I’m sure you know this already… but this backsplash is available at lowe’s for 19.00 a sheet. Easy install.

  3. 3
    Batbara Miller

    I am inspired with your cabinets. I have wanted to paint my cabinets white for ages, but I knew the amount of prep they needed to even start. So this is a dream come thru for me.

  4. 4

    Wow! The white really lightens up the kitchen. The dark looked nice but the white is SO MUCH more cheerful! Looks great! I have used annie sloan chalk paints quite a bit. I’m curious to try others. I tried out the americana brand and really did not like their wax :( it was just like modge podge.. very gooey.. not the same texture or feel as the annie sloan.

    1. 4.1

      I have not tried Annie Sloan chalk paint, but the Americana chalk paint was awful compared to BB Frosch! And BB Frosch’s wax is great. Its soft, creamy and does a beautiful job.

      1. Erica Guadagnoli

        Yes.. I was not impressed with the Americana stuff.. Annie Sloan is nice but pretty expensive.. after reading your blog post I went and checked out the BB Frosch and I am definitely going to give it a try ;) The wax looked nice too. And I like that it’s a home started business and not some big company. I looked at a bunch of other stuff made with the BB Frosch too.. everything looked great!

  5. 5

    I have a question! What is the squeeze bottle for? Is it just so you can shake up the mix and then pour it into a regular container or paint tray?

    1. 5.1

      Great Question! I didn’t explain that well. We used the squeeze bottle to squirt the paint directly onto the brush as we go. Its quicker, wastes less, and since you don’t use nearly as much paint, a squeeze bottle of chalk paint lasts quite awhile. Thanks for stopping by, Kyndall!

      1. Jennifer

        Can you post a picture or describe what kind of “squeeze bottle” you’re talking about?

        1. It looks like a wilton plastic squeeze bottle.

  6. 6
    PJ

    Oh, WOW, what a transformation, and I’m a wood lover! My kitchen was redone in a “coffee house theme” with dark cabs and black countertop. We’re updating the adjoining rooms with really light blues, so I’m thinking the kitchen will be a big dark hole, despite a large window. We’re also moving next year, and I think the dark kitchen will not appeal to buyers, so after seeing this post, I’m all set to update my kitchen cabinets. Can’t afford to change out the tile backsplash, so I’m going to try this with a more almond-white color. Thanks so much for posting! You’ve given me the confidence to help my husband come up with the idea!

    1. 6.1

      Awesome! So glad you were inspired! Good luck! :)

  7. 7

    Your kitchen looks FABULOUS! Such a difference! I’m still dying to try this chalk paint! I need to order some asap!

    1. 7.1

      Thanks, friend! Miss you!

  8. 8
    Julie

    Can you use chalk paint over high glossed painted cabinets? Are there other colors then white?

    1. 8.1

      Yes, I think you can paint over high gloss with chalk paint, but you may want to ask BB Frosch just in case. I used the chalk paint powder, and so I can add the powder to any flat latex paint and turn it into chalk paint. Therefore, you can have ANY color of chalk paint you want! :)

  9. 9

    Thanks for the great post. We just bought a new house and I despise the cabinets. I just ordered some BB Frosch and plan to paint my cabinets white too! :)

    1. 9.1

      Yay! AWesome! Thanks for stopping by, Katie! Love following you on IG :)

  10. 10
    Alina

    Looks great! Would love to paint my kitchen white but i’m scared of using chalk paint. Last time I used it on a project, it didnt turn out so well. The paint was cracking and even though I tried sanding it down, applied a coat of wax and tried to paint it again, the paint cracked again. Did you come across cracked paint? If so, do you know how to fix it?

    1. 10.1

      Hi Alina, No, I didn’t have any issues with cracked chalk paint. It may have been the brand of chalk paint you used. You could try using BB Frosch chalk paint powder to paint over it?

  11. 11
    tee

    What if your cabinets have paint chipping off, do I need to sand first? Also what was the est cost of your kitchen project? It looks beautiful what a difference!
    Thanks

    1. 11.1

      Hi! You don’t need to sand the chipped off portion, unless you want to even the section out. With the cost of the brushes, paint, and chalk paint, it cost around $150.

  12. 12
    Cara

    This looks great and sounds like the easiest way to do this. You didn’t mention if you had to remove the cabinet doors before you painted.

    1. 12.1

      I did remove the doors prior to painting. I left the hinges on though.

  13. 13
    Doreen

    cabinets look great. I was wondering though; could you use a foam roller for cabinet painting vs. a paint brush. Did you use a stencil brush?

    1. 13.1

      Yes, you could use a foam roller. I used real hair round brushes to apply the chalk paint, but you can use a roller or even a paint sprayer with chalk paint.

  14. 14
    Rachel

    They now make min wax polyandry lick for chalk paint. FYI

    1. 14.1
      Rachel

      Poliacrylic by minwax

    2. 14.2

      Thanks for the tip!

  15. 15
    Mindy Holman

    Hi!
    Have you ever used semi gloss paint instead of flat? I’m wondering if food splatters could be cleaned up easier on semi gloss…

    1. 15.1

      As far as I know, you’re not supposed to use anything but flat paint with chalk paint powder. I don’t know why, but that was what I was told. To protect the paint, I used wax. But I think a coat of polyacrylic would work better,

  16. 16
    Becky

    HI Linda, I was just wondering how many containers of the chalk paint powder did you use? My kitchen is just a little smaller then yours so I would like to know how many I need to purchase.

    1. 16.1

      I believe we used 5 large containers of powder.

  17. 17
    Megan

    Hi Linda! We have a home built in 1956 with original metal Youngstown cabinets. I am looking for an inexpensive way to paint them. Will this work on metal? Thank you!

    1. 17.1

      Yes, it should work on metal. :)

  18. 18
    Doris

    I would use a polycrylic on white cabinets rather than polyurethane. The polyurethane will yellow over time and the polycrylic won’t. You can get wipe-on polys that work well.
    I painted my daughter’s dresser a beautiful white and did polyurethane on top and now it is yellow. I hate it. I need to paint it again. Learn from my mistake.

    1. 18.1

      Thanks for the tip!

  19. 19
    Jill

    We are in the process of remodeling out kitchen and have been torn on a backsplash. We have granite coutertops that look just like your and I love the backsplash you did. Can you tell me more about it? TIA

    1. 19.1

      Hi Jill, It is the prefabricated thermoplastic tiles. You can find them at Lowes and Home Depot but they are cheaper on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1jspG5V Hope that helps!

  20. 20
    Audrey

    Would chalk paint work to paint window trim? Ours is wood and I really prefer white. But the thought of removing it all, sanding and painting is a bit overwhelming.

    Also, is the material on the outside of your island vinyl rather than wood? We have that in our kitchen and I haven’t been sure if paint would work well on it

    1. 20.1

      Chalk paint should work on window trim, but instead of wax, I’d recommend using Polyacrylic to seal it. Its harder and more durable. I don’t know about vinyl. You may want to contact BB Frosch and see what they say.

  21. 21
    Brenae

    Love your kitchen!! We’re painting our new cabinets once we move in next month – I love the white with that hardware! Would you mind sharing where your cabinet knobs and pulls are from?! :)

    1. 21.1

      Thanks, Brenae! They are from Lowes or Home Depot. I can’t remember which!

  22. 22
    Leanne

    Hi,
    Well done, it looks great. Just thought I’d mention that I painted my kitchen cabinets with white chalk paint and used a non yellowing polyurethane to cover them to protect them…however after a year the cabinetry had yellowed despite its claims that it wouldn’t. I’ve since research that poly really doesn’t like the colour white and pretty much always yellows it. Today I am going to re-paint all the cabinets and use the wax instead.
    All the best.

    1. 22.1

      Thanks for the feedback on the poly, Leanne! Good to know!!

      1. Damien

        Water-based poly shouldn’t yellow it. I use the Minwax Satin Polycrylic finish and it has worked great for me! Looks milky in the can, but applies, and stays, clear!

        1. Thanks for the feedback!

        2. Luise

          Love your kitchen!!

          We are starting our kitchen-project next week.
          At first I will test the chalk paint with an old, black IKEA bedside table.
          Will see how it works and if I’m able to get a acceptable result.
          Actually I’m not the DIY’er typ.

          Btw, my question: … Did you use “Minwax Satin Polycrylic finish”, GLOSS or SATIN?

          I’m not sure if GLOSS will be to much shiny for the matt chalk paint.

          1. Hi Luise! I used BB Frosch’s Wax to seal and finish my cabinets. If you do go the polycrylic route, definitely use Satin. Gloss is hard to get a smooth finish. Best of luck! :)

  23. 23
    Carla

    truly beautiful. Thanks for sharlng!

  24. 24
    Bobbie

    My kitchen cabinet doors are wood, but the boxes are not (vinyl or pressed wood). Will chalk paint cover the non-wood areas?

    1. 24.1

      Yes, it will work on laminate and vinyl surfaces.

  25. 25
    Rita Ward

    Your cabinets are beautiful! My kitchen cabinets are wood grain. Will the chalk paint completely cover the wood grain?

    1. 25.1

      I am not sure. You might want to ask BB Frosch that question.

  26. 26
    betty rybczynski

    I want to paint my kitchen cabinets as well but I wanted to find out how much paint to order and I don’t understand, can I buy the color paint I want and then add the chalk to it??? Please advise, thank you. Betty R

    1. 26.1

      Hi Betty, Yes you can pick whatever paint color you want, it just has to be FLAT finish paint. {No eggshell, gloss, etc} And the you add the chalk powder to turn it into chalk paint.

      1. DAWN BARBARISI

        Hello: The polycrylic, will it cause the cabinets to have a high-gloss or semi-gloss finish? I hate that look, but I do need something that will not stain and is easy to clean. Which brand of polycryilc do you recommend?

        Thanks,
        Dawn

  27. 27
    Alex

    Love your cabinets! I also love the color of your paint on your walls, will you please share!?? Thanks!

    1. 27.1

      Thanks, Alex! It’s Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. I love it! I have it in like 4 rooms in my house :)

  28. 28
    Christina Flake

    What color white paint did you use for your cabinets? Your kitchen looks fantastic! I am preparing to paint mine and there are so many shades of white I don’t want to pick one that I will end up not liking.

    1. 28.1

      Thanks, Christina! It is Bistro White. Just remember that the wax adds a SLIGHT yellow hue when you are selecting your color.

  29. 29
    Sonya

    2 tablespoons of UNSANDED grout per cup of ANY type and color of paint and you have custom chalkboard paint. Also, don’t clean chalkboard painted surfaces (or chalkboards) with water; use furniture polish instead. If you don’t believe me ask Martha Stewart.

    1. 29.1

      Hi Sonya, I used chalk paint, not chalkboard paint. They are different and have different finishes.

  30. 30
    dana

    I understand painting ugly, oaky, piney cabinets, but these cabinets looked better before you painted them. I think alot of people will eventually regret painting cabinets. I have actually done it before on some really ugly dark, old cabinets. It was a better choice than the ugly, but I tired of them quickly and eventually some of the paint will chip, scratch, get dirty and need to be retouched often. I think a better choice for this kitchen would have been to do the island only. Real wood ( these appeared to be cherry) is so much more expensive than paint grade wood. Sorry, I think you cheapened them. By all means, paint ugly cheap cabinets, it’s not going to hurt them, but don’t paint nice quality wood cabinets to the color of the year. Trends change quickly.

    1. 30.1

      I painted my cabinets over a year ago now and have not regretted it once! :)

      1. Mary Fuller

        Some people just don’t like white bright kitchens BUT I DO! I did the whole sand and primer and sand and paint way with poly final coat about 4 years ago and for 3 years have seen the yellow tint come out and knew I have to redo them……and now that I came across your chalk paint, I am finally excited to do them! Because I have the coat of polyurathaine on them that yellowed, I was wondering if I need to do a light sanding because of it?

        1. Sorry, just reading this comment. If you are painting overtop of poly, then I would lightly sand it before painting just to make sure it adheres well. You don’t have to sand a ton, just slightly rough it up with a 100 grit sandpaper so that the chalk paint has a little something to grip too. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      2. jamie b

        Your kitchen is gorgeous!! You successfully cured the “wood puke”!! I’m so inspired, I’m ordering the BB Frosch right away. So a bit of time has passed since you wrote this, and you made a note that you would probably chose to do a polyacrylic instead of wax. Still stand by that? Have you re-done your lowers with the polyacrylic?

        1. Hi Jamie, The wax has definitely hardened a lot more over time. After posting this, I’ve had some people say that polyacrylic yellows over time. I have not used it before, so I am not sure about that. But with that in mind, I would probably stick with Wax on top and bottom so that the color remains the same over time. I do need to touch up some spots, but have not regretted painting them white once. :) Good luck! :)

  31. 31
    Beklyn

    LOVE THIS! Absolutely perfect, and looks super easy! I’ve been wanting to redo my kitchen, but I’ve been intimidated by the amount of work it takes. Thanks for sharing this project for beginners like me. :) Just ordered by BB Frosch chalk powder paint, and I can’t wait to get started!

  32. 32
    Mary Fuller

    I just love your kitchen cabinets and back splash! I have just purchased brand new Cape Cod style dresser and Chest that were white in the store but in my home light they show as a cream color. They came and replaced them and much to my dismay they are still white in the store but yellowish so that’s it! I have to fix these! I am wondering if I can just do the Bistro White chalk paint right on them without sanding etc since I will be distressing them to match my lingere chest.

    1. 32.1

      Yes, you can paint without sanding :)

  33. 33
    Peggy Barr

    Many years ago I painted my dark wood kitchen cabinets white with oil based paint. The cabinets had been up since 1981 so by the time I got around to painting them there was a LOT of built up oil and dirt on those cabinets. I tried sanding them with an electric sander AND the gunk was like melted bubble gum that smeared around. It was unbelievable the goo on the cabinets. After scrubbing them with metal pot scrubbers and heavy duty degreaser it was finally ready to paint. This is the oil based paint that is thick and messy and the brushes can only be cleaned with turpentine or mineral spirits AND each coat of paint takes 24 hours to dry. This was a LOT of work and I have a very small kitchen. It was worth all the effort too. It has held up well. It has yellowed over these many years ( at least 10).
    I am now going to paint” just” the doors with chaulk paint to give the kitchen a new look. I will be using Ann Sloan in a light green color. I will post a before and after picture. Compare the white dishwasher to the yellowed painted cabinets.

    1. 33.1
      Peggy Barr

      Well I guess I will not be able to attach pictures. Sorry.

  34. 34
    Britani

    Can you point me in the direction of the paint brushes that you used pretty please? Your kitchen looks gorgeous! I am about to paint my cabinets white with chalk paint, too. They were painted black before we bought the house. I cannot WAIT for them to be white and bright!!!

    1. 34.1

      Hi Britani! The brushes and chalk paint powder that I used are from BB Frosch :)

  35. 35
    Meera

    This is amazing! I have moved into a home and I hate the dark cherry cabinets. My husband is always skeptical when I want to change something he finds perfectly fine. I can’t wait to paint my cabinets white. I am so thankful for this blog post! Please keep us updated on any new discoveries you make with the chalk paint. As in -how it’s doing long term. Thanks again!

  36. 36
    Jennifer Leimer

    I went to my local Benjamin Moore store to purchase the Coronado paint in Bistro White. The stores don’t carry the Coronado line of paint. It may be something to do with EPA laws, we are in California. They don’t even have a Bistro White color. Do you remember where you purchased the paint? I’m hoping to find a swatch.

    1. 36.1

      Bistro White is a Behr color, so they would have to do a color match. Coronado is their cheapest paint line and you have to ask to get it. Maybe some stores don’t carry it? I don’t know. But it is fume free and eco friendly paint.

  37. 37
    Melissa

    Please, don’t ever use polyurethane over paint. It will yellow in blotchy patches over time and ruin all of your hard work. Love your paint job! Way to go!

  38. 38
    Paul

    Hi-new to your wonderful site. We are looking at chalk paint for our kitchen cabinets. We were told that it is best to shellac the cabinets after cleaning them to prevent any possibility of bleeding even though they are old. Have you ever hear of this or is it an unnecessary step? Thanks again for your awesome site.

    1. 38.1

      Hi Paul, I have not heard of that step before. With chalk paint, I don’t think its needed, but you may want to ask BB Frosch. I simply cleaned my cabinets and painted directly over them with chalk paint. I’m wondering if the Shellac step is for traditional paint?

  39. 39
    Kelly Hanners

    Your kitchen is so adorable. Could you please tell me what brand of chalk paint you used for your kitchen.
    Thanks!

    1. 39.1

      I used BB Frosch Chalk paint powder added to Benjamin Moore flat paint. There are more details in the post about the paint :)

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    Love the cabinet doors as well as the back door. Am so going to do this! What colors did you use? Undercoat as well as the top coat? And is the “undercoat” simply one coat of latex? Thanks

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      Hi Harvey, I used Bistro White flat latex paint and added chalk paint powder to it to turn it into chalk paint. Then I sealed with wax.

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    DAWN BARBARISI

    Hello:
    I noticed that people were talking about using a polycrylic instead of a wax. What brand would you recommend? Also, would this leave a high-gloss or semi-gloss finished look? I hate that look, however I do need something that is very durable and will hold up to stains and washing.

    Thanks,
    Dawn

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    Thanks for the shoutout for our Fasade backsplash panels. (I work for the company.) Great post and share! If your readers are interested in more designs and colors of Fasade products, they can visit our new site: https://diydecorstore.com/, where we also sell ceiling and wall panels and more. Have a great day!

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    Colleen

    Hi Linda!
    When you get spaghetti sauce on your white kitchen cabinets, immediately wash with Dawn original dishwashing liquid. Dawn is the cure for any stain I’ve ever had to deal with. No kitchen should be without it.

    Colleen

    1. 43.1

      Thanks for the tip!!

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    Kim

    Why do you use a flat paint? Can you use a satin?

    1. 44.1

      To make chalk paint, you have to use flat paint or it won’t work.

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    Beverly Loeb

    Do you have any idea if this would work on prefrabicated cabinets? Mine are white and I want to do an off white and then use something to distress edges and crevices.
    Thanks

    1. 45.1

      Yes, it should work.

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    Tammy Loveless

    I am currently in the middle of my kitchen remodel. I thought I had done a tremendous amount of research but now beginning to second guess it all. I have removed all my flooring, painted the ceiling a ceiling white. Painted the walls BM China White. Evertying was looking good so far. Took the doors off of half my cabinets and started paining the base with chalk piaint. I loved the white color. It was a very bright true white. I took 4 coats to have a great coverage. Put part of the flooring down so that we could reset the cabinets on that wall and they kept getting dirty from being moved around. If I used a damp rag and water and used any pressure the paint would wash off and you could see the stained cabinet underneath . I also took one of the ends of the cabinets and put a coat of polyacrylic mini wax matte finish. The cabinet now looks a dingy yellowy white. If you put something white close to it its crazy noticeable. Sooo Disappointed. Not sure what to do. I don’t think the cabinets in our kitchen can withstood just waxing them and being carful a month, Should I put more coats of minwax to change the yellow? Should I just give up and move. Sooo Tired.

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      Hi Tammy, So sorry about that! You do have to seal the chalk paint or it will come off. I used wax, but I will probably need to touch up/redo some of my lower cabinets because the wax hasn’t withstood my kids as well as I had hoped. Regular poly does turn yellow. There is polyacrylic that is not supposed to turn yellow, but I have heard it does turn slightly yellow as well, but it is harder than wax. So I am in the same boat as you. I’m not really sure which route to go this time around. I think I may stick to wax because I’d hate for my lower cabinets to be slightly yellow, but look for a different wax and/or do a couple coats of wax to see if that helps. You’ll probably want to sand down the door you sealed with poly though. I’ve heard it only gets more yellow over time. I’d recommend testing out wax and the polyacrylic in unnoticeable places and see what you think. That’s what I plan to do :) Hope that helps!

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    Renee

    I want to chalk paint but without waxing it. Are there any other sealers I can use?

    1. 48.1

      Yes, but you may want to lightly sand your laminated cabinets before painting just to be safe.

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    DeeDee

    If my cabinets currently have polyurethane on them, am I going to have to sand that? or can I use this method right over the poly?

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      You’ll want to lightly sand before painting.

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    Tara

    What color of gray did you use on the wall in the coat rack pic?