A Kitchen Refresh on the Cheap
Do you have old dingy cabinets but not enough money to replace with new ones? In this post Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner of a local furniture refinishing business Stylish Patina, shows how you can give drab old cabinets a completely new look — and without spending an arm and a leg. Thanks for sharing this great idea, Kelly!
A client of mine from Del Ray wanted to brighten up their kitchen without fully renovating the space. We decided to paint the kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Paint really is a miracle worker! The beauty of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime the surface. Don’t tell anyone but we didn’t even take off the doors!
Here’s the before shot:
After the amazing after shot:
The homeowner selected Old White as her color. This is a creamy white that adds warmth while still brightening the space. Now here are the steps for this kitchen refresh:
- Wipe down the cabinets with a warm rag to clean them.
- Apply 1 to 3 coats of paint depending on if you want the wood grain to show through or not.
- If you would like to distress your cabinets use 150 or 220 grit sand paper and gently rub the areas you would like to distress.
- Apply clear wax (Annie Sloan wax or Johnson’s furniture wax).
- Buff the cabinets to eliminate any extra wax.
- Swap out the knobs if you would like.
Ta-da an inexpensive kitchen refresh completed!
Cost: $50- $300 depending on how much paint you need and if you buy new knobs for the cabinets.
Time: 4 – 8 hours depending on size of kitchen and number or coats of paint.
You can purchase Annie Sloan products at Stifel & Capra, 260 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Va. 22046.