DIY KITCHEN CABINETS | Chalk Painting

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New kitchen cabinets would be so amazing but not in the budget right now, so I had to come up with a temporary solution.

After going through piles of Pinterest posts on painting cabinets and read up on all the pros and cons.

I decided to go for it!

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 looked like an aging women who never removed makeup…

Chalk Painting the Kitchen Cabinets…

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

Just stand back, stare at the area, look at a billionion Pinterest posts, stare a lot more and when inspiration hits 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

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 here that are super important. You don’t want to miss this part 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.

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 soooo much time.

Don’t try and paint around every knob and handle. Just grab a screw driver and get those 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 colour that they were.

The bad part is that they paint started to chip off within 3 months. I am going to redo them this summer so I will let you know how that goes.

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.

SANDING THE CUPBOARDS

Another important step. 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!

My daughter sanding the drawer

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

  • Paint — Pick the Paint colour ( 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 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 pissed off… lol

CHALK PAINT RECIPE

I highly recommend that you follow this recipe. My cabinets still looks 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 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 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

Finished look of grey chalk painted cabinets.

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!

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!
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