What a project! I finally finished the kitchen cabinet renewal. I’m extremely happy with them!
Total blogger faux pua. I didn’t take any before photos of the room. This photo was taken a few months ago. You can see how dark my cabinets were in this is a close-up photo, too.
The color I used is ‘salt water taffy’. I added Plaster of Paris to make it ‘chalked paint’. Then finished it with clear and dark wax.
What a difference wax makes! I love how it enriches and warms the color. It’s more time consuming than other finishes, but so gorgeous. I finished my 2nd can of ‘clear’ (or natural) wax with this project. The first can I used was Annie Sloan. It is a true clear wax and much softer than the Minwax product pictured here. It is also 4x the cost! So for $10, you can’t beat this product! I love it. It goes on smoothly with a rag or a stiff brush.
Ready to see the finished cabinets?
This is the result of 3 coats of paint-no stripping and no sanding. Oh yeah!!
For one more piece of renewal, I stenciled the wall beneath the cabinets using the same stencil as my kitchen table renewal. Scott thinks we should continue the stencil up the wall, covering all the blue. I haven’t decided if I agree with him, yet. 🙂
I think I’ll fix a cup of coffee and enjoy the new look!
Cost of this project: >$25!
The paint was free from Ace Hardware when they ran a promotion a few months ago (I used approximately 1.5 quarts). Tip: Be sure to watch the mis-tint at hardware stores for great deals!
Plaster of Paris is very inexpensive, and I used only a portion of a small box. Tip: Store it in a plastic container with a lid to keep it dry.
I re-used a stencil from another project. Tip: I got mine from Hobby Lobby w/my 40% off coupon.
Brushes and rags. I keep lots of these on hand, watch for a post coming soon about this.
Wax Tip: For an affordable dark wax alternative, use shoe polish! Yes!!