Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ kitchen makeover-from dark to Farmhouse Fabulous!

I am so excited to share my kitchen makeover with you! I loved these cabinets when we built our home 11 years ago…actually I still love the style and the layout of the cabinets but they were so dark.  I had chose a combination of wood and cream which helped lighten them but the cream was to yellow after painting my walls a and my kitchen felt small and sadly….dated already!

I was worried about jumping into my own kitchen project when I do so much painting for our customers so I decided to start small and work  my way into it.  So… I did this in my laundry room:

They were originally the cream color. I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Pure White and clear waxed them.  The counter-top was yellow so I painted it with Annie’s Graphite color, mixing in some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone to help hide the brush strokes and give it texture-sealing the counter with Artisan Enhancement’s Clear Topcoat Sealer. Ahhh….it feels so clean and bright. Well one thing leads to another….

The IMG_1049mantel was next. I chose to place the Artisan Enhancement Clear Finish over the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White, leaving some of the wood for contrast.  Most everything on that mantel has been updated using  Chalk Paint™ too! (Did I mention I love this paint and paint everything with it!).

I started in my kitchen by painting one section of cabinets at a time.  I started with the bar by painting and sealing and then moved on the adjoining cabinets by the sink, sealing each section and replacing the knobs as I went to avoid total disaster in my kitchen! I removed the cabinets being careful to keep track of hinge placement as they are adjusted for each cabinet.  I felt like I needed some contrast so I chose to paint the decorative hood over my cook top with Graphite and then continued on with Pure White…one bank at a time! I felt my kitchen get bigger and brighter with each step until I got to this!

But….I still had one more bank of cabinets! I have a built in in my dining room that I wanted to stand out-as if it was free standing.  I let it talk to me as I painted! I rarely know exactly how I am painting a piece until it’s finished! French Linen is one of my favorite colors and with the Pure White & Graphite….well, take a look and see what you think!  I feel as if the wood counter and cabinets tie to the wood I left on the mantel, the inside of the glass cabinet (top left) and my darker wood floors and tile.  I removed knobs on a few drawers and cabinets and replaced them with some beautiful glass ones that I found.  This is the result:

Of course, there may be a few other items painted with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! The possibilities are endless and the result is a fresh piece of furniture! Here is wider view…it feels so fresh and clean. (Note that this pic was taken in October thus the white pumpkin picture! I promise it has been changed over for the winter season!) Next project….an island for more counter room since the kitchen now feels twice as big as it did before!

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The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ has high coverage, no smell and is great to work with. And-sit down for this-the total cost to paint this kitchen, laundry room and mantel including paint, brushes and supplies was less than $400!

Come into Ooh La La & Friends Boutique and let us help you with your next project. We have a cabinet workshop scheduled for January that’ll make your kitchen update so much easier! We love what we do and love to share our knowledge and expertise.

Thanks for visiting….





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