First attempt at Annie Sloan

We purchased a cabin in late December in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. The cabin is wonderful but it doesn't have the look we want for it to have. We are starting off with a knotty pine cabinets. I know there are some that prefer the natural wood look but a yellow wood isn't to our taste.
On this site I learned about Annie Sloan chalk paint and have taken two classes.
The base cabinet door
I was trying to think how I could add something else to the door to make it look more visually interesting and then remembered the boards in Lowes that have the lines in it like wainscoting so we grabbed a small piece of it and the hubby cut a piece down to size and it fit.
I added liquid nails and then stuck the cut piece in the cabinet door.
I then started adding paint. I selected chateau grey. Kind of a green grey.
After completing two coats of paint and clear waxing it looked like this...
Sorry about the shadows. My light fixtures were adding some shadowing.

Then I added dark wax to the center ...
After wiping down the dark wax and clear coat waxing and wiping down this is the look.
In the cabin we will be adding a dark wood beam to the ceiling so it should all go nicely together.

This was just the test but I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. I will be sealing the knots on the cabinets and will most likely be painting the door knobs black. That is the hubby's desire. He really wants to replace them but I want to reuse if possible.

I'd love to hear some ideas if you all have any. Have a great weekend!

RCooper @
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  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Nov 24, 2017

    Really nice redo! May we see the entire finished cabinets? Thank you for sharing.

  • Bbrown53 Bbrown53 on Nov 24, 2017

    I love what you've done but I have a suggestion that I hope may help. Wouldn't it be easier to paint and wax the inserts before you put them in?

    You did a great job but i'm sure it's difficult to do the dark wax at the edges.

  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Nov 25, 2017


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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Dec 04, 2017

    Looks awesome. Fabulous job! You can also try wallpaper that looks like bead board. Just cut to size, paste, paint. Voila! (hint: caulk the edges for a cleaner more finished look.) Thanks for sharing your great makeover.

  • E95656 E95656 on Jul 18, 2020

    So pretty!