Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint


We recently moved into our home, and the kitchen was dark and outdated. For around $200, I completely updated our kitchen by using chalk paint on the cabinets. If you have a little patience, the result is wonderful!
My kitchen feels so bright and cheery now. I used Annie Sloan Old Ochre for the top cabinets and Versailles for the bottom cabinets.
This was my kitchen before. It was dark...
Removing the cabinets was time consuming, but the result is well worth the time!
I painted and waxed everything.
*UPDATE* I ended up repainting my cabinets a couple years later because I did not like the wax sealer. The chalk paint itself held up well, but the wax was next to impossible to clean. To see more details on why I repainted them, go to the link below:

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  • Chris Adams Johnson
    on Dec 12, 2016

    Would chalk paint work on Formica? If so, what's the prep?

    • C.B.
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I would suggest the sanding of the formica surface; that roughs up the surface so that paint adheres to the underlying surface.
  • Pat15649780
    on Apr 10, 2017

    If there are so many "pins" and "ideas" on painting laminate, Formica counter tops why can't laminate cabinets be painted?
    • Lynn
      on Apr 12, 2017

      Over the years, I have learned that you can paint anything. BUT-you need to properly prep the material to be painted--use the correct primer--and the correct paint. Big box stores are great for many things but for advice on painting 'unusual' things, an old-fashioned paint store can't be beat!
  • Patricia Gort
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Can I make and use my own ‘chalk‘ paint Then finish with polyvinyl over the cupboard doors and drawers - they get the most hard use. I make it with unsanded grout mixed with water till smooth then add the paint... always in small batches.
    • Dona taylor
      on Feb 22, 2018

      Please don't use your own chalk paint! Use the best on the market, Annie Sloan chalk paint, give it two coats of Annie Sloan wax and you're done! Why risk your hand made paint when AS is fool proof!

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  • Lynne
    on Apr 10, 2017

    i have a 50 year old mid century buffet, and i painted the formica top, and i sanded with 100 grit sand paper. i then painted with kilz primer, and light sanding between coats. i will paint it with acrylic paint, then poly. i didn't think i could paint it but i have to thank the people on home talk for all kind of tips. you did a lovely job on your cabinets
  • Theresawilliams
    on Jun 30, 2017

    No my cabinets are knotted pine? Even tho I would like to change the apperance this process would not work for me.
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