This mother of 6 kids spends alot of time in her laundry room. It needs to be pretty, because sometimes… doing laundry for this family just isn’t. For 3 years, I have cringed every time I walked into it. Not just because the mountain of laundry that was waiting for me but because, friends, it was ugly… really ugly. Redoing the laundry room has been a learning experience. It’s taken me twice as long to paint the cabinets because, flat-out, I had no clue what I was doing. My husband works in IT and affectionately calls problems like this “user error.” I love it now but I will be so happy to get this project done. I’m starting on the top cabinets now. Chris just got the crown molding up and it looks great. Things are a little simpler when you are Chalk Painting over stain or raw wood. It’s taken forever to finish up this room but I am so stinking happy with the results.
First things first, the ugly florescent lighting had to go. I knew what I wanted. I was going for a cottage vibe and we found this beautiful chandelier at Home Depot for less than $100. Not bad.
That was the before. Here is the after. It doesn’t even feel like the same room. Notice the cheap, builder grade moulding had been torn off. For two years. Ahem.
The crown molding was a game changer. The laundry room went from builder grade blah to a custom look. It looks great and was a relatively inexpensive upgrade. The best part is I have a bunch left over. The cabinets, although still not completely finished, look better already.
Lessons learned about painting over oak with Chalk Paint:
There are several things that you should know about using chalk paint. First, even though it says “no sanding, no prep” that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sand and prep. You can refer to this post for why it is important. Second, despite what the can says, sometimes you need to prime or shellac first. Dark pieces of furniture can “bleed” through the paint. When I painted my Chateau Grey buffet, I wasted an entire can just trying to cover up the red that kept bleeding through. At almost $38.00 a quart, that’s an expensive mistake. You can see from the picture below. It was in rough shape.
Last, but not least, when I Chalk Painted my oak island I made two huge mistakes. Please learn from me. If you are going to use primer underneath to smooth out the oak grain… tint the primer! All over my island… I have chips. You can see white dots everywhere. The second HUGE mistake was using wax. Wax is for furniture, not cabinets. When you have your kitchen cabinets professionally done they use oil based primer and enamel. There is a reason for that. It’s durable. Most people do not have $3,000 lying around to have their cabinets professionally sprayed, including me. But you never want to sacrifice beauty or quality to save money. Please, please use the Annie Sloan Lacquer or Varathane. Trust me. The entire thing needs redone. I know I keep harping on this but I’m just trying to save my readers from learning the hard way. It was from making mistakes like this that I learned what NOT to do.
So, that being said, the laundry room has taken awhile to finish because I had to backtrack some. Chris helped me paint the walls a beautiful, buttery yellow. It is Restrained Gold by Sherwin Williams, halved with white. Love it. The entire house is painted the same. We added a little crown molding and for just a little bit of money it made a big impact. Here is what I did to get the finish on my cabinets OVER Latex:
- I used two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White on the cabinets. I sanded between coats with a fine sanding block.
- I sealed them with 1 coat of lacquer. This is important because Chalk paint is very porous. Your glaze would sink right into the paint. You don’t want that;) Let dry.
- Then I put on the glaze. I used Van Dyke Brown by Sherwin Williams. The first time I attempted to use it was a total disaster. It dried to quickly and looked dirty. You can either use Protrol to extend the drying time OR use mineral spirits to wipe off what you don’t like. It worked very well for me. Next time I am probably going a little lighter on the glaze but that is just personal preference.
- Lacquer again. I used two coats but you probably could get away with one. My kitchen cabinet debacle scared me. I did overkill.