Asked on Jul 12, 2018

Can I use chalk paint on my kitchen cabinets?

Lauren of Mom Home GuideMichelle Jones


I hate my beige/pink kitchen cabinets and they need an update. They are melamine. Can I use chalk paint and if I do...what can I use to finish them to avoid scratches, chips and damage? How about my counter tops? Any suggestion on how to change the colour? I‘m new to DIY and I have a few major projects that need to be done and these are 2 of them.

2 answers
  • Michelle Jones
    on Jul 12, 2018

    I'm using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White on my kitchen cabinets. I was advised to do 3 coats after cleaning with TSP (make sure they are really clean) -- 2 coats at full strength and the last watered down. I found it really thick and watered it down on the early coats. I needed to sand them back, however, and I was told not to do this...that it isn't needed. They can be finished with the Annie Sloan special wax. I had some bleed-through and was advised to dab shellac just on those places and then paint them again. I am still waiting to do this step before the third coat and the wax. So far, the paint looks fine.

    We ordered 2 kits from Giani in the Diamond White finish. You could probably get the same effect with paint and a polyacrylic coat or two. The countertop is NOT a permanent fix but with careful use and not cutting on it, allowing standing water or hot pans, it should last 3-5 years. We have just finished a major renovation of our dining/living room, staircase and upstairs foyer over the last 3 months and wanted the tradespeople out so I am doing this myself. Hope this helps.
  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Jul 18, 2018

    You can! I used milk paint on mine, which is similar to chalk paint. You can read my tutorial here:

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