Builder Grade Honey Oak Cabinets Transformed!
Time: 3 HoursCost: $75Difficulty: Easy
The great thing about chalk paint, is the minimum prep work it requires! I wiped the vanity down with mineral spirits, and removed the hardware.
Next, I laid out the drawers and started painting! Chalk paint dries quickly, so it's important to remember to keep an eye on any drips.
Personally, I have the best results when I do several thick coats vs. slapping a thick coat on and hoping it dries evenly.
I did a total of 4 coats, with 30 minutes in between each coat. Keep in mind, a little bit of chalk paint goes a long way!
Once I was satisfied, I went to work distressing the edges. This step is not necessary, but I love the distressed "old" look, and decided I wanted to try something different. I used a random piece of sandpaper I had laying around to define the edges. Once finished, I smoothed everything out with a finishing block sander than I picked up from Home Depot.
The next step was rather tricky. Using a dark wax on white paint can prove to be rather tricky. The best suggestion I have for any DIY newbies wanting to achieve this look is add a little bit at a time and build on to it! I layered the dark wax with the Barnwood liquid wax to get the dimension and character I was after.
Suggested materials for this project:
- Heirloom Traditions Chalk Paint in French Vanilla (heirloomtraditionspaint.com)
- Heirloom Traditions Liquid Wax in Barnwood (heirloomtraditionspaint.com)
- Mineral Spirits (Lowes)
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5 Questions on This Project
- you did great on the cabinets but then you mentioned a cement overlay on countertop. how did that come out as I was looking to do something with mine. thanks
That is exactly what I want to do to my kitchen cabinets but they have been painted before. Will this work on painted cabinets or do I have to sand off the old paint? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Nice job!!