White Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets DIY

So you are visiting this blog for tips on what is the best way to paint your kitchen cabinets? Before heading to the home improvement stores make sure you choose the right paint and brushes because this will determine the quality of how your kitchen cabinets turn out. Just like you, I researched and researched and watched many videos on how to paint kitchen cabinets, and I finally decided to go with white chalk paint from Home Depot (BEHR). https://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-1-qt-White-Interior-Chalk-Decorative-Paint-710004/305936898 . You can find it for about $20 per quart. I also purchased the chalk brush which is a little on the pricier side but it will make a huge difference trust me. At the time I was purchasing my items, Home Depot was out of the chalk brush and decided to visit Lowes home improvement store. They had the chalk painting brush for close to $20 as well but as long as you go through correct cleaning procedures, your brush will live through your kitchen cabinet paint makeover. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Chalky-Paint-and-Wax-Natural-Bristle-Polyester-Blend-Oval-1-95-in-Paint-Brush/1000332307 . You can find the brush under the link provided. Additionally, I purchased ZINSSER 1-2-3 primer, other brushes which I will link you to as well and last but not least the top coats. I decided to try two different top coats after my experience with the wax top coat over my top kitchen cabinets. As a mother of two children under the age of 3 I decided to go for the shortcut which was a total NO-NO. I will explain later. As for now the next links posted are for the primer, brushes and top coats I used for my kitchen makeover. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Zinsser-Bulls-Eye-1-2-3-Interior-Exterior-Multi-Purpose-Water-Based-Wall-and-Ceiling-Primer-Actual-Net-Contents-128-fl-oz/3439970 . https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-3-Pack-Utility-Polyester-Flat-and-Angle-3-in-Paint-Brush-Set/1000464383 . https://www.lowes.com/pd/Krylon-Clear-Water-Based-Chalky-Paint/1002508054?cm_mmc=shp--c--prd--pnt--google--lia--219--interiorstains--1002508054-_-0&placeholder=null&ds_rl=1286981&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInMSH4qmS7gIV9xatBh2aBwB2EAkYAyABEgIKbfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds . https://www.paintsupply.com/product/architectural-specialty-coatings/1-qt-rust-oleum-brands-287722-clear-chalked-ultra-matte-paint/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=surfaces&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz_mChquS7gIVRAPnCh1HJQxsEAQYAyABEgJ9wPD_BwE

Now that I have shared all the items I purchased for this project, I would like to share the steps I took to make it happen. Even though I was always with my hands full due to being that full time momma, again with a new born and a 2 year old at the time well you know things get a little hectic.

First, make sure that the cabinet doors and cabinet drawers hardware is placed in ziplock bags and alphabetize them through out so you can easily re-install them back.

Second, please, please do not skip cleaning and wiping down the grime and grease that may have accumulated over time. If you do skip this step you will see and notice that the brushes will start to bring out the grime and or grease and the paint will not brush in as smooth. So please don’t skip this step.

Moving along … the next step is to prime your kitchen cabinets. I decided to go with 2 coats on each side but you can do 3. The more the nicer they will take in the chalk paint. (Follow your primer instructions on drying times).

The next step is to chalk paint your cabinets. With my cabinets I also decided on doing to coats to them and wow did they look AMAZING!

Following to the top coats. As mentioned above my first choice was the wax top coat. Although, waxing my top kitchen. Cabinets took a little longer than my bottom cabinets it was well worth it. Why? Well let me tell you, I decided to go with a wax top coat on the kitchen cabinets on top and realized it was taking me a long time so decided to try a different top coat for the bottom kitchen cabinets. (The two top coats used are mentioned and linked above) Although, they are all holding up well and it has been almost half a year so can definitely see a difference. The top coat on my upper cabinets is a lot cleaner, whiter and smoother than my bottom cabinets.

So for the bottom cabinets I decided to use the chalk paint top coat from Rust-o-Leum and did 2 layers but was not as happy as I was with using wax on my upper cabinets. The difference here is that the bottom cabinets started to develop some yellow. With this being said if I were to repaint my cabinets which I probably will do, either this summer or next I am definitely using the WAX as my top coat for a better finish!

Thanks for visiting and hope this was helpful to someone that is hoping to paint their kitchen cabinets.

Before pictures. Cabinets dark walnut color.
After pictures!
In love with my white kitchen cabinets 🤍

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