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How to: Use Chalk Paint® On Kitchen Cabinets

Learn the fastest way to update your kitchen cabinets simply by using Chalk Paint® and Wax.

You probably spend more time in your kitchen than any other room in the house, so it’s quite natural to feel it needs a refresh. Or perhaps you’ve just bought a new house and aren’t able to spend money on new built-in cabinets just yet. But redecorating your kitchen needn’t cost an arm and a leg. You can use Chalk Paint® to repaint the doors on your kitchen cabinets and drawers quickly, easily – and with minimal spend. We’ll never forget the customer who got in touch with us to thank Annie for their lovely holiday – the money they saved on redoing their kitchen meant they could put the money towards the cruise of a lifetime instead!

So what equipment do you need? Simply arm yourself with the Chalk Paint® colour of your choice and a Flat Brush for a smooth finish. You’ll need to seal in your paint work when you’re done. For a traditional mellow finish, use Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. For extra durability, try Chalk Paint® Lacquer instead.

Step by step guide to painting kitchen cupboards with Chalk Paint®

  1. First, remove the doors and any hardware from your cabinets. Give them a wash with soapy water. No harsh chemicals needed.
  2. Paint the cupboards in your chosen Chalk Paint® colour, using an Annie Sloan Flat Brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Leave to dry before painting a second coat of Chalk Paint®.
  4. Once dry, wax the doors using Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and a Chalk Paint® Wax Brush. Remove any excess with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Leave the wax to harden before applying another coat, allowing at least a day. You’ll want to wax the doors two to three times to make your finish really strong.
  6. *Optional* – for a polished finish, leave overnight before buffing the wax with a cotton cloth.
  7. Once the wax has dried, the doors are ready to go back on your cabinets. Just remember that the wax can take up to two weeks to fully harden (this is known as curing). You can use them in this time, but be gentle.

Painting your kitchen cabinets needn’t be a chore. It’s a great way to give your kitchen a completely new look in minimal time and without professional help. You’ll be amazed at the results! If you’d like to try this technique, make sure you buy your materials from your local Annie Sloan Stockist. They are trained to offer expert guidance on colour selection as well as tips on painting techniques. Finally, if you’d like explore using varnish instead of wax, Annie has a tutorial on using Chalk Paint® Lacquer on cabinets for you too!

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