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Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint is So Easy & Cheap!!!

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Painting cabinets with chalk paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to upgrade those ugly old oak cabinets.

I have been remodeling my laundry room lately and finally have gotten around to showing you what I did!!  This was the last room in the house that I have done nothing to. 

We never even painted it when we moved in 14 years ago.  It’s been so depressing to walk in to with the oak cabinets and bland linoleum floor.  This was my last set of oak cabinets in the house! 

I have re-stained all of them (tutorial here on how to use gel stain), but for this room, I decided to try painting cabinets with chalk paint to add some fun color!painting cabinets with chalk paint pin

Here is the fun before picture of our sorry-looking laundry room…  It’s a small narrow room.painting cabinets with chalk paint

laundry room before makeover

Pretty blah, right??  Trying to make doing laundry enjoyable is tough, but having a cute room to walk into makes it a little easier!

Painting oak cabinets or any cabinets for that matter is super easy with chalk paint!  No prep, no sanding, just painting.  I didn’t even take the doors off…  no one but me really sees the room, so it didn’t need to be perfect!

Materials Needed for Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint

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  • chalk paint – I used Renaissance chalk paint – Celadonite color found here on Amazon

  • Clear Wax or Varnish – I used what I had – a Waverly varnish from Walmart
  • paint brushes
  • Patina or dark wax

The rest of my house is pretty much earthy tones so I wanted to add a pop of color somewhere.  I figured the laundry room was the perfect place! 

I could practice painting laundry room cabinets with chalk paint and aging them too and it wouldn’t matter if they didn’t come out well.  But they did!  I love the color and the ease of chalk paint on oak cabinets.

How to Paint Cabinets 

I grabbed the paint, stirred it up and started painting the laundry room cabinets.  The paint dries really quickly.  I started by painting the bottom cabinets.  I opened the drawers and doors and painted the base with the renaissance chalk paint.painting cabinets with chalk paint

painting laundry cabinets with chalk paint

The easiest way I found to paint the doors was to do the inside edge first.  I used an angled paintbrush to apply the chalk paint on oak.

painting cabinets with chalk paint

You can see the trim was already dry and was a slightly darker color.

painting oak cabinets with chalk paintThen the raised border of the cabinet door.painting laundry room cabinets with chalk paintThen the inside panel.how to chalk paint cabinets

I even painted the hardware!!  I know, I know… I told you, it’s the laundry room!!

painting cabinets with renaissance chalk paint

For the smaller crevices of the chalk paint cabinets, I used a small paintbrush.

painting cabinets with chalk paint

Here is a picture of the laundry room cabinets with everything painted with just one coat.  I love the color but I wanted it a little distressed.

how to paint laundry room cabinets

Distressing DIY Laundry Cabinets

Once it was dry, I painted on a coat of clear varnish/wax.  You need to do this before you add a dark patina or distressing stain.adding wax to chalk paint cabinets

Once that was dry, I just painted on some antiquing patina around the edge of the drawers and crevices of the doors.  Then I wiped it off with a cotton towel.dark antiquing patina

applying dark wax to chalk painted cabinets

distressing oak chalk painted cabinets

painting cabinets with chalk paint


 

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applying dark wax to painted cabinets

There is no right or wrong way to this!  If you want it darker, add more! 

If you think it’s too dark, rub a little off with clear wax and a cloth.  The antiquing adds a little depth and rustic look that I love!best paint for laundry room

Here are some pictures of laundry room cabinets painted with renaissance chalk paint!

how to chalk paint cabinets

That’s it!  Pretty easy and inexpensive!  Some of the paint wears off on the hinges but it adds to the distressed look.  Looking so much better already.

You can also read my tutorial on how to paint with chalk paints on bedroom furniture. Or check out my roundup of chalk paint ideas for a whole bunch of more ideas you can use chalk paint for!

Now, on to the flooring.  Click here to see how easy it is to apply vinyl planks.

painting laundry room cabinets with renaissance chalk paint

Then I made this cute laundry room sign.  Check out how to make it and get the FREE laundry cut file by clicking here!

For the full farmhouse laundry room makeover click here!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!

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Christie

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Love what you did with the laundry room cabs! I just did something like this to a bathroom cab but I think i need to add another color to the “mineral” so that it doesn’t look so flat. I also just chalk painted my farm table and it too needs some help as it looks so bla and no depth but, not sure exactly what to buy to create the depth. If you have suggestions I’d appreciate knowing your thoughts

Wer Ruft An (https://www.tele-ch.info/

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Loundry....a never ending story :D

Shayla L Cabrera

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi. I love it and am about to paint my cabinets. I'm wondering how long it's been and how is the chalk paint holding up? Thanks

Leap of Faith Crafting

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Thanks! It's been about a year I think, maybe longer. They have held up great, but again my laundry room cabinets don't get a lot of use! I have chalked painted my spindles over 5 years ago and they still look great!

Dennie

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I would not paint the hardware hinges...even in my laundry room. I do appreciate your sharing though.

Carol

Monday 20th of April 2020

Do i need to clean them to get the grease off can i paint them and rhen varnash themm i do not want the distreshed look

Leap of Faith Crafting

Sunday 26th of April 2020

If they're pretty greasy I would definitely wipe them down with a cleaner.

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