Creating a French Country Kitchen Cabinet Finish Using Chalk Paint


We are in the midst of a mini kitchen DIY reno. Hubby finally caved and agreed to let me paint our wood cabinets and I created a french country rustic feel for them using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
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Before shot of our kitchen. It is on the small side and was very dark.
creating a french country kitchen cabinet finish using chalk paint, chalk paint, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting, We tore out our existing backsplash and created a custom hood above the cooktop I opted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to help me achieve the french country feel I was looking for Working on finishing up the rest of the cabinet doors
We tore out our existing backsplash and created a custom hood above the cooktop. I opted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to help me achieve the french country feel I was looking for. Working on finishing up the rest of the cabinet doors. NOTE: The cabinet doors are back on. I was in the middle of completing them when I took time out to do the tutorial for my readers. I would never leave all that stuff in the cabinets if they were to have been open shelving.
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Old Ochre paint and new knobs.
creating a french country kitchen cabinet finish using chalk paint, chalk paint, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting, I use a moist sanding block to sand with It keeps the dust at bay and makes a buttery smooth finish
I use a moist sanding block to sand with. It keeps the dust at bay and makes a buttery smooth finish.
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Dark wax applied to help age the cabinets.
creating a french country kitchen cabinet finish using chalk paint, chalk paint, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting, It is a long process to achieve this look but to us well worth it
It is a long process to achieve this look but to us well worth it.
creating a french country kitchen cabinet finish using chalk paint, chalk paint, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting, I stil am working on finishing up the remainder of the cabinets but am just thrilled with how far our kitchen has come from where we first started
I still am working on finishing up the remainder of the cabinets but am just thrilled with how far our kitchen has come from where we first started.
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After all the cabinet doors were completed and placed back on.
From My Front Porch To Yours

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  • Paula Danks- Drahos
    on Feb 29, 2016

    Love your cabinet transformation. I love Annie Sloan chalk paint. I have used it to renew some furniture pieces in my home. I love your backsplash and was wondering if you could tell me more about it. I have a similar look in my kitchen with my cabinets and granite countertop and as the granite is busy I am looking for a backsplash that isn't.

    • Hunter Hampton
      on May 29, 2016

      I'm not the gal who did this brilliant kitchen, but I may be able to help. I did the same backsplash using tumbled marble subway tiles from Lowes. I did a little differently, I butted the tiles up to each other, and didn't grout........ that was the holes didn't get filled in with grout. Here's a photo.

      , Tumbled marble subway tiles no grout
    • Katherine
      on Jul 11, 2016

      I LOVE that tile, Hunter Hampton! Your kitchen is beautiful!

    • Paula Danks- Drahos
      on Jul 11, 2016

      Thanks Hunter for replying. I love your backsplash. I was able to find a glazed subway tile in a taupe color at Home Depot and it is getting installed next week. I can't wait! I'm so excited. We did our kitchen remodel 4.5 years ago and this will be the finishing touch.

  • Sherry B.
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Love the look !! Did you pre sand to knock down the polyurethane finish for better contact with your paint ?

  • Bink
    on Jun 14, 2016

    I thought you said you custom built a new range hood? I am confused because I can't figure out where the exhaust is? Your kitchen is spectacular ! How does the wax alone make the distressed look or do you sand it prior to waxing?

    • The exhaust is up inside where you see the light shining down. The dark wax helps contribute to the aged look buttes you sand as well.

    • Jewellmartin
      on May 28, 2017

      i couldn't find the exhaust either! I like everything I see in this kitchen. But I'm guessing "From My Front Porch to Yours" is very tall. The coffee cups are on top of the fridge. A shorter person would have to stand on a ladder to reset the clock or change batteries. And a shorter person wouldn't be able to reach the exhaust switch if it is above the cooktop. Dreaming of this kitchen 😇
  • Joette
    on Jul 4, 2016

    That is a very big job to take on. It looks great! I have never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk paint before. Will you be able to wash the cabinets?

    • Karla Staebler Holt
      on Jul 10, 2016

      Take a look online! Greatest paint ever! You poly seal after painting and yes you can wash them.

    • Yellow Barn Interiors
      on Jul 12, 2016

      You an also go on pinterest to look up formulas to make your own chalk paint on the cheap. Saves tons of money on a big project.

    • Annie Doherty
      on Jul 12, 2016

      Agree Yellow Barn Interiors I use latex paint, mixed with Plaster of Paris and water, same effect for much less money especially as it goes so far.

    • Yellow Barn Interiors
      on Jul 13, 2016

      Yes, and you are not boxed into their few color choices. The sky's the limit when you make your own chalk paint. You can even use baking soda as a mix in instead of plaster of paris, also. Then you can antique it after with a little gel stain if you want that affect.

    • Annie Doherty
      on Jul 14, 2016

      Wow I haven't tried this version, is it as effective as the POP this sounds interesting, I don't suppose you have the recipe? as I'do love to try this out thank you.

    • Janice Van Cleve Rasmussen
      on Jul 18, 2016

      You can google the recipe...

    • Vbl9105899
      on Jul 31, 2016

      I did my whole bedroom suite in Annie Sloan that same color, but used the clear wax... A quart did the dresser, chest of drawers, two night stands, headboard and mirror... That's the only paint I use now.. Love the dark wax.. Wow.. I'm so going to do my kitchen cabinets.. You did a beautiful job..

  • Denise
    on Jul 10, 2016

    in process of working on same look ... lighter chalk paint & "aged" uppers & dark brown (regular paint) on lowers. Questions: did you sand before applying the wax or after ... was your sanding block a certain grit .. did you just spray the block with water or soak it ...did you wipe with a tack cloth after then apply a poly coat. sorry so many questions.

    • Dusty
      on Sep 4, 2016

      I'm not sure of the answer to most of your questions, but when I apply chalk paint to kitchen cabinets, a wash them with a degreaser. Sanding and priming is not necessary unless you have old paint that ran and dried. As long as it's smooth and oil-free, chalk paint should cover it easily. You MUST apply the wax over the chalk paint to seal it good.

    • Janet
      on Sep 11, 2016

      Love the look. How many coats of paint did it take and how many cans of paint did you need?

  • Fre7703514
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Can this paint be used on metal and wood cabinets? What is the dark wax?

    • Mary imhoff
      on Jul 20, 2016

      It literally is a dark colored wax. Wax seals the chock paint.

    • Suz1301961
      on Aug 7, 2016

      I think Mary meant "chalk" paint

    • Dusty
      on Sep 4, 2016

      Yes, you can paint metal with chalk paint. When you first apply the chalk paint, it looks like it might wipe off easily. Once you seal it with the wax, it's not going anywhere. You can apply a dark wax or a light wax. The dark wax gives it an aged look.

    • I would not attempt to use on metal surfaces. Unless the surface is scuffed up pretty well the metal will be too slick for the paint to adhere to it.

  • Debbie
    on Aug 17, 2016

    Can u seal it with poly sealer even after u wax it?

    • Terri E
      on Sep 3, 2016

      No. From my research, you have to remove the wax first.

    • Dusty
      on Sep 4, 2016

      Annie Sloan wax is amazing. I went on a chalk painting\waxing frenzy a couple years ago. I was a little skeptible about the durability of the wax over time (especially with many grandchildren), but it's as beautiful now as the day I applied it. I simply wipe it down with a wet rag wuth a spot of dish soap. No need for a poly sealer.

    • Cherryl Rogers
      on Oct 1, 2016

      I too and addicted to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Love how your kitchen turned out.

      , I just did my buffet from my Grandmother and love it
  • Christine Blocher
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Are you keeping the bottom cupboards as they are in the picture?

  • Carole White
    on Sep 28, 2016

    Did you use a clear wax prior to applying the dark wax? Everything looks beautiful; those knobs are gorgeous as is the hood area above the cooktop!!

    • Gail S
      on Dec 17, 2016

      Basted on my exprience painting with ASP; clear with a small amount of dark in corners & edges for a distressed look

  • Margaret Dignard
    on Oct 30, 2016

    ARE YOU GOING TO PAINT THE LOWER CABINETS TOO?

  • Courtney Coster
    on Dec 18, 2016

    What clear coat could someone use besides the wax? We cook alot, like you said in your article wax may not be the best option...

  • Ronna Coulter Keeter
    on Jan 23, 2017

    I can't seem to find the Annie Sloan chalk paint in a store here. Any suggestions?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 25, 2017

      Where do you live? you can also use Americana brand or rustoleum's chalk paint they are very good and can be ordered online.

    • ANNIE DENNY
      on Apr 3, 2017

      purple painted lady sells paint online! Great customer service.

  • Jer4502549
    on Mar 23, 2017

    It's beautiful & I'd like to finish my already refinished off-white cabinets with this process, but, I'm confused. In your photos with explanations, it seems you didn't sand the brown doors 1st b4 using the chalk paint, but, further on after the chalk paint is on you suggest sanding with a wet sandpaper for dust. Thank you!

  • Jer4502549
    on Mar 23, 2017

    Sorry, I found the answer after bringing up the link from your update on the project.

  • Carla Smith
    on May 27, 2017

    I just finished my cabinets and some have cracking of the paint after it dried.then I sanded and sealed with Liz and its still cracking.any suggestions?
  • Janice Cash Stowe
    on May 27, 2017

    My cabinets are white what would be a good to to make them look better ?
    • Depends on what you are wanting to do in your kitchen Janice? Adding hardware always transforms cabinets nicely if they do not already have hardware. We are getting ready to do that in our new kitchen.

    • And32736725
      on Mar 6, 2018

      I have boring white cabinets in my kitchen. The previous owner had them refaced with laminate that is cracked and chipping in places. They don't need new hardware, they need a real face-lift! I would love to get the same "antique" white-wash look in my kitchen! Will your process work to transform blah white into classy French White? Any suggestions on how to cover the chips in the laminate? Thank you!

  • Marilyn Vaden
    on Jun 12, 2017

    Did you apply a wax coating or sealer after it all dried?
  • Yvo5790399
    on Jun 26, 2017

    I want to know more about your custom hood over the cooktop
  • Pamela Ritter
    on Jul 18, 2017

    where do you get Annie Sloan paint in the US
  • And32736725
    on Mar 8, 2018

    I have boring white cabinets in my kitchen. The previous owner had them refaced with laminate that is cracked and chipping in places. They need a face-lift! I would love to get the same "antique" white-wash look in my kitchen! Will your process work to transform blah white into classy French White? Do you have to start with dark cabinets first to get the dark tones in the recesses or does the dark wax do that? Any suggestions on how to cover the chips in the laminate? Thank you!

  • Ardale
    on Apr 1, 2018

    Beautiful transformation! Do you plan on doing your lower cabinets in this painting technique as well? One minor suggestion I have is if you painted the short wall above your upper cabinets in a slightly darker color in the same hue family it would make your cabinets poop even more. All your hard work paid off big time! Love them!

  • Bernie Moon
    on Jun 19, 2018

    So didn't you do the bottom too?

  • Sonya
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Where did you get your new knobs from.....

  • Kim O'Toole
    on Sep 20, 2018

    Looks great! I am about to redo my kitchen table and chair set using Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I really like the color of your cabinets, can you tell me which color(s) you used?


    Thanks in advance!

  • Nadine Ritchie
    on Dec 18, 2018

    What color did you use?

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