You can only talk so much about doing a project until you just have to jump right in and DO IT! Our kitchen upgrade is the “just do it” project. Our To Do List for this room includes:
- Appliance upgrade (done!)
- Paint walls (done!)
- Paint cabinets
- Replace hardware
- Replace counter tops
- Add tile backsplash
- Replace pantry shelving
We replaced our appliances when we moved in, more to come on that, and almost a year later we decided it’s time to jump back on the kitchen list, starting with painting cabinets.
I researched everything to do with painting cabinets until I couldn’t look at the computer screen anymore. Do you know how many methods there are out there on how to paint cabinets? And how many people write on a blog about it? Hundreds. Probably thousands. This is going to be another post among hundreds about painting. freaking. cabinets. Also may be redundant from other Google searches you perform, but maybe someone like me will read it and learn from what I did.
I had my mind set on chalk paint. Really set on it, like found our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dealer and mapped my route for after work set on it. But then, I got really nervous.
So many people say how easy chalk paint is. No primer needed, apply a couple of coats of chalk paint, and apply the wax sealer that Annie Sloan also produces, let it cure, done deal! But something I found only a small number of people say is it’s recommended to reapply the wax sealer once per year if you want to keep up the appearance.
Who has time for that?! Nobody. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
We want to re-paint the inside of our cabinets and drawers. They are white as well, and after over more than 20 years of use, they’ve yellowed and have stains and markings. I don’t like the idea of applying the chalk paint + wax sealer on the inside of cabinets.
Several posts mention touch ups that had to be made a year or two down the road just from water or oil splashing on it too much. When we sell our home, we want the new homeowners to have no worries about needing to touch up cabinets because we decided to use chalk paint.
The paint is also pricey. It only comes in quart sizes, and the paint runs around $35/quart. It would have taken much more than a quart to paint each upper and lower sections of our cabinets.
One of the “perks” is short dry time between coats, which I definitely am in favor of.
I prefer to save chalk paint for furniture and decorative items. But, if you want to try it, there are some great tips out there from other bloggers. This won here originally won me over with the two year results. This one recommends a different sealer for a better result in the kitchen.
This led me to using Kilz primer, which I had originally bought for the cabinets, and some sort of latex paint.
I have heard and read great things about this primer. It is water based, very low VOCs, easily hides previous color (we also used on red walls in living room), and promotes adhesion like a bonding agent.
Choosing the paint proved to be a more difficult task. In short, naive me trusted a Lowe’s employee and bought SW Ovation paint in the two colors I planned to use. Luckily after painting just one small section, I could tell it wasn’t working how it should, did not appear to be semi-gloss, and showed all my brush lift offs. I went to our other Lowe’s in town the following day and they allowed me to exchange this for a specific cabinet paint.
I have since learned the first Lowe’s has had consistent turnover lately. Try to find someone at your Lowe’s or Home Depot who know and care about the subject you’re working on – it makes a big difference!
The paint that I finally bought was Valspar Cabinet Enamel Paint, which was about $20 more per gallon than SW Ovation. $50 per gallon (about $13/quart!) all in all, much less than quarts of chalk paint.
We bought the white color the paint comes in and one gallon with SW Gray Matters (SW 7066).
Adam mentioned all the cleaning we did here, so our cabinets already had a great scrub down with a vinegar mixture. To further clean the cabinets, I am using Clorox wipes and a paper towel to wipe off any excess. A lot of people use Krud Kutter if cabinets have not previously had a good thorough cleaning.
Next, we removed all hardware. We are not filling the previous holes with wood filler, as our new hardware will fit in this same size. Be sure to fill in the holes prior to priming if you are changing out hardware for different sizes.
I purchased a new small set of brushes to use on cabinets, and a foam roller brush like this one. These brushes are the perfect size for cutting in and painting the edges. The foam roller will give the large surfaces a nice, even finish. You can buy the best paint and still not be satisfied if you don’t have the right brushes for the job.
Before starting the primer, take some time to plan out your work. For us, we don’t have a day lately where we can knock out all the priming. So we are taking this by sections, starting with the lower cabinets.
The primer does not have a long dry time. The cabinet enamel paint recommends 8 hours of drying between coats. For me, 8 hours might as well be 24 because after 8 I’ve moved on to something else. I think this will work out well though so I can ensure proper drying time. One of the complaints about latex paint is after all coats are complete and dried, it feels tacky. The likely reason for this is not allowing enough dry time between coats.
Here’s a reminder of what we’re working with. Can’t wait to share our progress pictures with you! Check out our Instagram for updates as we go!
pre painted walls
Have you had any experiences with these paints? We’d love to hear them!
’til next time,