How to Refresh your Kitchen Cabinets Using Chalk Paint

Last summer my honey and I underwent a minor kitchen reno. We added a pass through and a peninsula. Not only did we get tons of room for chopping and prepping, but we also added seating, and updated the flooring. A new coat of paint, new counters, backsplash and updated fixtures and we were done. And no, I don’t have pictures, because I wasn’t blogging when we started this, so I didn’t understand the importance of before and after shots!! 😉

The kitchen looked and functioned great, but, something wasn’t sitting right: our cabinets. They were in great condition, but you could see the minor wear and tear of the years on them. Also, and I’m not sure how this is even possible, they were a pinky beige. Do they even sell cabinets in pinky beige? They do, apparently, because we had them. We weren’t interested in the major project of ripping out the cabinets and installing new ones, so we decided instead to paint them!

I picked up a few cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from my local paint shop, some nice new brushes and studied up on blogs and Youtube (of course). Don’t confuse this for chalk board paint, it won’t turn your cabinets into chalk boards. It will, however, cover any finished piece of furniture with ease. This paint is seriously magical.

Armed with my magic paint, and relatively new knobs (that would work with the new cabinets), I was on the hunt for knobs for our peninsula and small island cabinetry. This is where Trinca-Ferro comes in. The great folks there reached out and asked if I would be interested in installing new knobs from them. Um, YES?! It wasn’t even a question! I scoped out the Trinca-Ferro site and found some gorgeous glass knobs that would compliment our accent cabinets and fit in with our old home.

So, I had my paint and new hardware, now you want to know how we did it and if it was easy right? It was! It was surprisingly easy, like, to the point that we thought we had done something wrong. That’s how easy it was. But we didn’t, we did it right, and the cabinets still look amazing, months later! Here are a few tips and trips we picked up along the way!

The first image above is the pinky beige cabinets in all their glory. eek. The second is a little bit of technique I picked up in my studies. We painted the inner trim of our cabinets first, and then went back to paint the flat portions. The inner trim requires a bit more precision and a smaller brush, and we rolled the first coat on the flat parts of the cabinets. We did used a brush for the second coat all over the cabinets because we wanted to see brush strokes, not roller marks.

We also sanded a few areas above our stove, where the grease had been more of a problem over the years (we have since raised the vent hood), and a few areas that seemed to have more fingerprints and marks on them, but this is optional with the chalk paint magic goodness.

We used Old White for the main cabinets, and Primer Red on the accent cabinets for the peninsula. The paint is really thick, and can be watered down. We didn’t water ours down because we wanted the thickest and most durable option for our kitchen since it gets so much use. The last 3 photos are the afters, can you believe how amazing the cabinets look?! All the damage is completely covered and the cabinets look brand new!!

We did two coats with the chalk paint and then covered with a coat of water based poly. The chalk paint dries matte, and the poly gives it just the right amount of shine. The cabinets aren’t shiny, under any circumstance, but they look finished.

Now came time to measure and mount the new hardware from Trinca-Ferro. What we did was measure out the middle of the cabinet from both sides and the top and bottom. We then marked the 2 holes and drilled for our handle. How gorgeous are these handles and knobs?!

It really could not have been easy to get these babies installed, and check out the finished product below!!! I think they’re my favorite part of the kitchen, but, shhh, don’t tell my honey, we did put a lot of hard work into painting!

What do you think? Are you game for a kitchen reno? Which Trinca-Ferro knob or handle is your fave?!

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