I’ve seen so many kitchen cabinet Chalk Paint Make-Overs, I had to try it! I thought the island would be a great place to start.
I think you get the gist:)
First thing I did was remove the doors, drawers, and hardware. Lots of 80’s brass. Yuck.
We opted to try and save money by using an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish by Rustoleum Universal. This stuff is amazing.
Chris sanded the space inside and I sanded and spray painted outside. After we had the cabinets sanded prepped with a liquid deglosser, we spray painted the doors with Kilz Odorless. It is an incredible product. It even had a “high build” effect which made the oak grain sand out. I started with the baseboards. Then I built up my nerve to start painting over the primer.
Obviously from the photos you can tell the grain was gone. It did a really good job. We used Sherwin Williams all purpose primer for the frame.
I know that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint says: “No sanding, No prep.” If you are painting Oak cabinets and you want to minimize grain you have to. Period. Looking back, my only advice is tint the primer.
This is the first coat of the Chateau Grey. At $38.00 a quart, priming will also save you some money on paint.
It completely covered the grain. My only words of caution. A.) I would have sanded with a fine grit sanding block after painting and B.) I would have used lacquer. The wax went on unevenly and made the grain stand out again. Since it’s an island it does get wet and we have developed a couple of “spots” on the wax. More on the island tomorrow. Here is a little inspiration…
and let’s not forget Savvy Southern Style