Sunday, October 7, 2012

Painting kitchen cabinets with ASCP

I got a bit behind on my kitchen painting. This fall has been so busy- especially when you over schedule your Saturday by doing something as crazy as- having your son's birthday party with 14 kids and then later on hosting a neighborhood party, with over 60 people in your house, all in one day- (click here to check out the creative way I displayed the menu) I don't think I can really physically move today! But I have managed to muster up some energy to post the pictures of my kitchen before and after. My long, very time consuming process of painting my cabinets has finally ended and now on to the final touches. Here are the before and after pictures of my kitchen and the pendant lights that will be hung up and some tile choices.

 I started this process with deciding what color I wanted to paint the cabinets, I knew I wanted to use Annie Sloan chalk paint. After I got the color I liked, I highlighted small areas in one of the paint colors,old white, so when I went to go distress them just a little, the color would show through. So I started each cabinet like this below, adding another step in this long process!

These are the colors I mixed together to get the one that I was happy with on the top (click here to see what paint colors I used to get the color.)

I ended up painting 2 coats of paint, then I very lightly distressed the cabinets, allowing some of the wood tone of the cherry to come through  here and there as well as the old white. Finally I waxed them with Annie Sloan clear wax and lightly buffed them.

Here are the final pictures, I am so happy with how they came out. It actually makes our kitchen look brighter and a little bigger. If you want to see how the island was done you can look here and here.

I added a pop of salmon on the bead board in the built- in, which is the same color I have in the dining room walls, off of the kitchen, Wild Flower, which is a Benjamin Moore paint.

One small spot I still have to finish is the side of the cabinet where the fridge is- because magnets won't stick to stainless steel, I painted the side of the cabinet with a magnetic primer and I plan to paint it with the same color as the cabinets, but I won't put the wax on it so it will double as a chalk board and we can put magnets on it.

We had to replace this door to the basement, the previous one had a big cat door in it- this was an extra one in the basement that wasn't in the best shape. So I painted this one and used chalk paint in the panels- the kids love it.

I posted these before,here, these are the pendants that I will have hung up above the island.

I still haven't completely decided on which tile we are going to go with- but I think that we may do the marble one on the right as an accent and perhaps one similar to the one in the middle. I may just go with the same I did at my last house in the kitchen you can check it out here.

I will make sure to get the tile pictures up and the light when we get those done, but I can't promise those will be done any time soon! But I am defiantly glad I went through all the effort to paint the cabinets, it is a great way to update and change the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank!

Make sure to check out my design challenge and also check out the other furniture ideas over at Miss Mustard Seed's  Furniture Friday  


Peggy Bolyer said...

You did a beautiful job. I hope you could get some close up pics. I am about to start a kitchen for a client and I am curious as to how the wax, paint, everything holds up. Please keep us posted on how you like it. Thanks for this I really appreciate everything I can read on kitchens.

Peggy @

sew sweet vintage said...

I love how your new look turned out!!!!! Very chic and bright. Following your page now. Follow me too at I posted Chic Americana Kitchen to this party:)