Kitchen Makeover for $100 With General Finishes Milk Paint!!

Theresa King
by Theresa King
Oak cabinets....anyone else have oak cabinets and want something different?! My sister did, so I grabbed my paint brush and favorite General Finishes milk paints and went to town!
This is the day 1 of her makeover, as well as my son hiding behind the pizza box! She has a great size kitchen, but needed some more personality and to lighten everything up.
Day 2: half the doors are off and waiting for me in my garage. This is 1 coat of a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Linen and Antique White milk paint. The best part of milk paint- NO PREP WORK! Just clean the surfaces really well and paint!
So. Many. Doors!
Here's a visual: L) original door. C) 1 coat of Linen and Antique White 50/50 mixture. R) 2 coats of 50/50 mixture. Now ready for antiquing glaze.
Here's 1 door with the antiquing glaze and 1 without. The glaze is pretty thin compared to paint. I paint the entire surface with glaze, then use an old tshirt to wipe off the excess until I have the effect I want. Super simple and there are lots of YouTube videos on how to do this step!
In between doing the doors' coats, I would go back to her house (thank goodness she's only 4 doors away!) and work on the cabinetry. All the same steps here!
A close up of the finish. She wanted to lighten the space, but didn't want bright white. That's way too much pressure to keep clean! And with a house full of teenagers, who needs that kind of pressure 😆
And finally out back together!! Her countertops and floor are now great accessories to her kitchen!

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  • Karen Karen on Sep 09, 2018

    Do you finish with any type of clear coat?

  • Alma Rode Alma Rode on Sep 16, 2018

    My cabinets are the builder grade, fake wood (laminate) oak and the trim is actual oak. Can you use the milk paint over laminate without sanding or priming?

  • SteveandKimberly Wigley SteveandKimberly Wigley on Sep 11, 2019

    I love this color and the finished look. I have oak, but the previous owners used a ton of stain on them (they are so dark). Should I remove all the stain before painting first - will the paint stick to stain? Thanks for the help!

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  • JoAnn JoAnn on Nov 19, 2017

    It looks great. She needs new appliances now!

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    • Ashley Ashley on Feb 16, 2019

      I agree about not filling up landfills, and the horrible upkeep with stainless, but she could always sell the old appliances at a reduced rate, or donate them for a tax write off, then buy new ones. This would keep the ones in good condition from going to the landfill. Also, if any appliances break down, scrap yards will pay for the value of the metals, and recycle them. Just few tips I've learned over the years to keep from throwing so much out.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 11, 2018

    I’m going to try Milk Paint On A Old Old milk can. ? What the Heck.