Hello to everyone that is here!  Thank you for taking time out of your day to come check me out!!!  I’m posting about my kitchen cabinets a little bit later than planned so I apologize for the delay!  I did something to my left shoulder and it has been uncomfortable to do ANTHING!  Being the stubborn person I am, I moved some of the furniture pieces for my vendor booths and should have taken it easy instead!  I’m now on the mend but I’ll tell you, this getting old business is for the birds!!!  Okay, that’s all the complaining…for now (just kidding)!  So, let me get started…

Below is a pic of our kitchen will all white cabinets.   This is the way they were when we bought our house, we just changed out the hardware.  Fast forward 5 years later and I was getting bored with all the white cabinetry!  I wanted to change it up a bit and I’ve become one of those people that if I have paint in my house and a bee in my bonnet to paint something, it’s going to happen!  I also painted the island from the original black to gray, using milk paint and brown antiquing wax but will blog about that at a later date!

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Since our kitchen is small and open to our living room, I wanted to keep the cabinets mostly white so it wouldn’t feel or look smaller than it is.  I decided to use Annie Sloan French Linen (gray) chalk paint to add some rustic charm by making the cabinets look distressed.  It made enough of a difference and really changed the entire appearance of our kitchen.

When I first started, I lightly painted a first coat of the chalk paint onto one cabinet door just to make sure I liked it and that it wasn’t going to be too dark.  I suggest to always do that before diving straight in and painting without giving the paint a chance to dry and to see what it looks like in full light as opposed to just your kitchen lighting.  There can be a huge difference between the two so it’s best to be safe than sorry!  Here is a pic of the first coat.  You can definitely see the difference between the two.

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Once the first coat was dry, I liked the way it looked but wanted to add a little more gray so I used my paint brush to add some strokes to the places I wanted it to stand out more.  After the first cabinet door was dry, I was happy with the result and started on the other cabinet.  Once pleased with both of those, I decided to sand them to make sure that I would like the final outcome before starting on the rest of the cabinets.  Even though our kitchen isn’t huge, there are a lot of cabinets with nooks and crannies that would have to be painted, sanded and waxed as well.  My biggest tip at this point would be to sample the finished look on a few cabinets before tackling the full kitchen!  Here is the sander I chose and it worked perfectly for this project.  This one is available at Home Depot.

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By the way, if you were wondering, I painted and sanded the cabinet doors without taking them off.  It was so much easier since I wanted to paint and distress the cabinet hardware as well.  If you feel the itch to do the same, it definitely saves you time.  Plus, it added more charm to the look I was wanting to achieve.

When I got to about the 3rd set of cabinets, I was kind of freaking out about how much work I still had to do to get it all done.  Once I calmed down and realized I could take my time…it went a lot better.  I decided to put on my favorite music and jam while I painted.  (another tip)  It made time go a lot faster and my mind wasn’t fixated on what was still left to do!  Once I had my mojo going again, there was no stopping me.  I was seeing an end in sight and that always seems to help!

Once I had all the cabinetry painted, I gave it a full 24 hours to dry and then started the sanding process.  Sanding was my favorite part of this entire project.  Call me crazy, but it was!  After the sanding was complete, it was time to seal and protect with wax.  At first, I thought I was going to go with the Annie Sloan white wax but changed my mind and went with a brown antiquing wax.  Since I didn’t have an Annie Sloan brown wax on hand, I used Valspar brown antiquing wax and it worked beautifully!

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When using wax, I normally go with a soft dry cloth to rub it on instead of using a brush.  I feel I have more control over the distribution of wax especially when putting a brown wax over white paint.   I usually let the wax dry for a good day before touching it to make sure it is smooth to the touch.

Here is the finished outcome of my kitchen cabinet makeover.  Of course, I had to change our kitchen island lighting with the paint change-lol!

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Like I’ve said before, don’t be afraid of trying new projects with paint.  You can always paint over.  It might take more time, but at least you know it can be fixed if you’re unhappy with the outcome or you’ve made a mistake.

I’m so glad I took on this project!  Even though it was a lot of work, the completed look was totally worth it.

I hope whoever is still reading this, found it informative, a bit fun and inspiring :}  Thanks again for stopping by.  Would love to hear feedback, answer any questions, etc.  Have an amazing evening friends!

Xo….Jill

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