I finished the largest portion of my kitchen makeover, the kitchen cabinets! I've always wanted white kitchen cabinets. The cabinets in my kitchen weren't a tragedy, but they were starting to show some wear and they were just your average builder-grade cabinets. Our student budget isn't even close enough to being able to afford custom cabinetry, so painting them is the next best thing.
I just love how it opens up my home and gives it a much fresher feel.It goes with the countertops and laminate flooring so much better as well. I have yet to restyle above my cabinets and such so bear with me there.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for the cabinets and Graphite for our kitchen island. In case you're not familair with A.S.C.P., it requires no priming or sanding. See why I chose it for such a large project? It also doesn't give the same look as latex paint, it doesn't have a factory finish look to it.
First I tried applying it with a roller for a smooth finish. The chalk paint didn't cover well with my roller and I hated the way it looked. I found I much prefered the look of a paint brush, paint strokes included. It took two coats to cover the old wood. I then sanded down the edges for a well-worn and loved look. When it comes to chalk paint, you usually cover it with a wax or even a laquer. There is no doubt in my mind that the dark wax would have been amazing, but I had to keep in mind I'd be trying to sell my home down the road and too much "well-worn with love" isn't for everyone.
We don't have any Annie Sloan distrubutors here in Vegas and I didn't want to spend$50 or upwards for her laquer I wouldn't use very much of. I chose to seal and protect my cabinets with shellac. It doesn't yellow with age, it dries quickly, and it can be wiped on. It took two thin coats. I find wiping on helps you avoid those ugly brush strokes I don't enjoy in my sealer.
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