Kitchen Cabinets

What a project! I finally finished the kitchen cabinet renewal.  I’m extremely happy with them!

1098452_10201930444046613_229804191_nTotal 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.

cabinet before

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.IMG_4324

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?

kitchen cabinets 2

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!

kitchen cabinets 1

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!!

Got questions? I’d love to hear from you!