DIY KITCHEN CABINETS | Chalk Painting

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New kitchen cabinets would be so amazing but are not in the budget right now. I had to come up with a temporary solution. After going through piles of Pinterest posts on painting cabinets and reading up on all the pros and cons of chalking paint. I decided to start my DIY kitchen cabinets chalk painting project!

Kitchen sink area during wiping down cabinets.

Don’t get me wrong, the white cabinets are stunning! Those Pinterest images of cupboards can seriously make you want to go white.

The thing is, that with 2 little kids, white was becoming a nightmare.

My gorgeous home always looked like it was attacked by various food substances.

Chalk Painting the Kitchen Cabinets…

I won’t lie this was a massive job but just like I always do…

Stand back, stare at the area, look at a billion Pinterest posts, stare a lot more and when inspiration hits and I begin. lol…

Before you even think about painting the cabinets, you need to do a few things.

PREPPING KITCHEN CABINETS FOR CHALK PAINT

I am 100% against having to do a pile of steps.

When I look to do DIY, I look for the simplest and cheapest way that will have the longest result. That doesn’t always work out for me but that is always my goal.

I have 2 kids and a full-time job so my goals are simple. I want good looking, easy and affordable projects!

  • The very first thing to do is wipe everything down. Then, wipe them down again. I just used vinegar and warm water to do this
  • Then remove all the hardware
  • Sanding
  • Wipe down again. This time I used dish soap and water
My daughter and I sanding the cabinets.

When I read up on painting cabinets, everything had multiple steps and did I mention; that is NOT me!

WHERE TO START – KITCHEN CABINET PREP

As much as I don’t like a pile of steps, there are a few steps in this post that are super important. You don’t want to miss these parts of the process or the end result will not look that great. You want it to look amazing, right?

WIPE DOWN THE KITCHEN CABINETS

This was my least favorite part…

There was so much gross stuff caked to the cabinets that I admit. If you have kids get them to help you with this part. Maybe you can have a friend over for a glass of wine and convince them to help you out as well!

I got a little emotionally invested, as I angrily scrubbed and huffed about how dirty my family is… lol

REMOVE THE HARDWARE

You have to do this step. You will save loads of time.

Don’t try and paint around every knob and handle. Just grab a screwdriver and get them off.

The other thing that you can do is paint the hardware!

I spray painted mine black and LOVE them so much! I sprayed them 3x to cover up the gold color that they were.

The bad part is that the paint started to chip off within 3 months. If we don’t get new cabinets within the next 2 years than I will likely redo them and try again with a different product.

Related Post: If you are just starting out and looking for what tools you will need, check out my post on the top 10 must-have DIY tools!

Me sanding the cabinets, getting them ready for paint.

My house is a mess when I DIY and I am totally ok with that. If you struggle with the mess, just tidy more as you go.

Don’t let the mess overwhelm you or stop you. You can clean it all up as you go or once you complete each step. I struggle more with day to day mess than I do with the mess from a DIY project.

Especially, my kid’s bedroom mess and their laundry everywhere. You can see the DIY laundry hamper than I made here to help with that frustration.

SANDING DIY KITCHEN CABINETS

Another important step when redoing your kitchen cabinets is to sand them down. My kitchen cupboards are ancient and they needed some TLC.

The orbital sander is one tool that my kids love to use so I always have them help me with this part.

That way, I am teaching them life skills and saving myself time. They sand while I get dinner going!

Don’t worry, she wore glasses while doing the sanding. This picture was taken after the fact when I remembered I forgot to get a picture of her.

My daughter sanding the drawer

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO CHALK PAINT MY KITCHEN CUPBOARDS?

  • Paint — Pick the Paint color ( lol… that made it sound so easy didn’t it)
  • Decide on brushes that you need
  • How much paint will you need
  • Purchase tarps/drop clothes or grab an old sheet to protect everything you don’t want to be painted.
  • Clothes for wiping the cupboards down before you start
  • Vinegar for cleaning the crap off the cupboards.
  • Screwdriver to remove all the hardware before you start
  • Orbital sander and sandpaper

PICK THE PAINT COLOUR

Keep an eye out for my post soon to come on picking the perfect grey!

It took me forever to decide and I ended up bringing home a lot of samples from the store to put on the walls first.

Nothing is a simple one and done with paint.

Seriously, you may love it when you first put it on and then the sun goes down and boom… it looks completely different and you are up all night frustrated about it.

CHALK PAINT RECIPE

I highly recommend that you follow this recipe. My cabinets still look amazing!

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Warm water
  • Paint — BUY THE KITCHEN CABINET PAINT

Yup, you can buy straight-up kitchen cabinet paint BUT you want to add the chalk paint recipe with the Plaster of Paris to give it strength.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MIXING THE CABINET PAINT

Mixing and going one batch at a time is much better than doubling the recipe I found.

  • You want a 3/4 cup of Plaster of Paris (fluffed) in a bowl. Use an old bowl that you don’t care about.
  • Then, add in 1/3 cup of warm water. Use an old hand mixer for the best results. If you don’t have one, just use a whisk.
  • Make sure that the Plaster and water are mixed well.
  • Then you add in, 3 cups of your paint slowing while mixing.

AFTER PIC OF THE GREY CHALK PAINT ON THE KITCHEN CABINETS

The kitchen cabinets turned out stunning! I am so happy with the end result. It was definitely worth the hours and effort. I really love the contrast of the black hardware against the grey as well.

Now I need to get the countertops done so that they look as good as the new cabinets do. Here is my DIY butcher block that I did on my far countertop. I want to do a grey and white marble looking countertop on this side of the kitchen to give a really modern country look.

Finished look of grey chalk painted cabinets.

Conclusion

There you have it! The recipe, the instructions and steps and you are ready to start chalk painting your own Kitchen cabinets!

I hope that you found this useful! If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them! Post a picture if you have chalk painted your kitchen cabinets and post it in the comments, I would love to see them!

DIY KITCHEN CABINETS | Chalk Painting

Tammy Seed

I am a passionate, goal oriented girl that loves DIY home projects and sharing with others how they can create and build easily as well!