painting kitchen cabinets

First Things First…Let’s Get These Cabinets Painted!

Before picture kitchen cabinets

As you can see, my kitchen cabinets were old, dark, and dingy so they had to be painted!

1) First, I took off all of the doors and removed the hardware and hinges. Next, (and this is VERY important) you should number each of the cabinet doors and drawers (with colored tabs or sticky notes) so that you know exactly where to put them back when you are done painting them. I didn’t and it made things very difficult because they aren’t all the same fit. I still have a few doors that won’t quite shut. Ugh. It’s so annoying.

2) Wash the cabinets thoroughly! You may think you can just paint over every bit of grease and dirt but you would be WRONG! Trust me. I did it the hard way. Do as I say and not as I do.

I decided to use chalk paint because I learned from my research that you don’t have to sand cabinets when you use chalk paint. That’s about the only benefit I can think of for using chalk paint. It’s true that I didn’t have to sand the cabinets but it also meant I needed at least 3 coats of paint and unfortunately for me, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint AIN’T cheap.  It’s about $40 for a quart! So…unless you own stock in Annie Sloan, don’t waste your money like I did. Also, you can buy chalk paint anywhere…Home Depot, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, etc.   Once I realized I could’ve bought it elsewhere it was too late because I was already knee deep in the color I had chosen.  Lesson learned.  Why do I always have to learn the hard way?

3) Next step…paint, paint, paint, then paint some more.  I suggest you invest in some knees pads unless you like being in pain during your DIY projects. I bought DEWALT knee pads on Amazon and they were worth every penny.

painting kitchen cabinets
That’s me on the left and my sister in law, Joanna, on the right. She’s a work horse and I love that about her!

4) I painted the front of my cabinets 3 times and then flipped them over and painted the back 3 times. It takes a long time in general but chalk paint does dry within an hour of each coat so that is another plus of using chalk paint. After the paint dried on both sides I applied the high gloss finishing coat using a foam brush. Here’s a picture of the cans below:

finishing coat, polyurethane
This is the finishing coat I used for the cabinets. You can use either one. I used both because I didn’t want to buy the top one again because it was sold at the same place I bought the Annie Sloan paint and it was expensive. I applied it with a foam brush.
Annie Sloan paint cans
Here are the Annie Sloan paint colors I used for my cabinets. I mixed the French Linen and Graphite to achieve the color gray for my contrasting peninsula.

painted inside kitchen cabinets A lot of people told me not to paint the inside of the cabinets but I just can’t do anything “halfassed” (translation: that’s South Carolinian for cutting corners). People said, “just paint over the hinges”. Um, no. I am a lot of things (I cuss too much, I spend too much, etc) but I am not lazy. I am a hard worker and I like to do things the right way even if it means taking more time.

Painted kitchen cabinets white
Here are the painted cabinets…Don’t they look great? My hard work paid off!

painted kitchen cabinets white Annie sloan

contact paper, decorative, painted cabinets
I added this decorative contact paper to my sliding shelves. I bought it on…where else? Amazon! What can I say? I love Amazon.
new hardware drawers pulls
Check out these pulls I added to the drawers. They brushed nickel from Home Depot.

Well, that’s just the stage one of “Operation Bandaid”. My next stage will be transforming the countertops.  Get ready…it’s going to blow you away.




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  • Debbie - Mountain Mama

    I’m super excited to have found your blog through The Kitchn and I am blown away by how good your kitchen looks! Awesome job, I have thought about painting my cabinets but I’m not quite ready to bite the bullet just yet. How is the chalk paint holding up so far?

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