How To Refinish Formica Cabinets & Unique Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

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I was going to rip out this ugly formica cabinet at my parents' house. But decided I'd first see what it would look like if I refinished it. I'm glad I held back because it now looks terrific in their dining room.
There were three easy steps to this refinish. First, I mixed up my own personal unique chalk paint recipe (available on the blog link below) and painted. Second, added trim to the doors. And third, added crown molding. For the full step by step tutorial, click on the link at the end of the post!
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Here are the full transformation before and after shots.
The doors are painted and the trim & crown molding are ready to be cut to size.
Painting the trim with my chalk paint formula.
I had a little trouble at first getting the edges of the crown molding to line up.
But I rigged up something to get them to align perfectly.
The cabinet came out far better than I could have anticipated.
Now the plan is to refinish all the kitchen cabinets this way. Follow the link below for the full tutorial. Then check out my shabby chic furniture makeover right here on Hometalk...
My gorgeous, new to me shabby chic dresser!
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  • Judy Robertson Judy Robertson on Jan 15, 2016
    could this be done on counter tops? don't know if I have laminate or what. know it is not anything good. want wood looking counters thanks so much

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  • Bobbie Bobbie on Dec 03, 2015
    Great idea for my bedroom set which is in desperate need of a facelift

  • B Juliana Leo B Juliana Leo on Feb 09, 2016
    I love your ideas, but not so on the chalk paint idea. I've used chalk paint in the past; and within a year, there are knicks and chips coming out of the paint. A year later, it looks horrible. The best paint I have ever used is Setcoat by Faux Effects International - it is cabinetry grade, and the most durable paint on the market - hands down. I will never use anything else. You can only purchase it online through various Faux Effects Intl. vendors... but you will never be sorry over the quality and durability. Juliana