2.03.2013

Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial



Many of you have asked about the color and products used for my kitchen cabinets that I just revealed last week. Thank you so much for the sweet comments about this project. I am so glad of the outcome.

These are the products I used. Chateau Grey Annie Sloan chalk paint, Annie Sloan Lacquer, and Valspar Translucent Color Glaze in Mocha.

Here is how the island looked before. I loved the black for years, but they were getting quite worn so it was time to update them.

I found this old photo that shows how the top of the cabinet door above the handle was showing white. That is not the look I was going for with these black cabinets. The whole top of the door was white by the time I got this project started. This door has the trash can behind it so it is the most used.

I decided to use chalk paint to cut the time since there is no sanding or priming required since I really like for projects not to drag on because I am very impatient.

I started on the bar stool side and before I knew it I was on this side. I removed all the drawers and set them on the table and counter. I decided I could paint the doors with them on. Thank goodness there were only four doors.

It did take three coats of the chalk paint to cover the black, but chalk paint dries quickly so I didn't have to wait hours to start the next coat.

I decided I didn't really want to tackle waxing and buffing all the cabinets and base so I found the Annie Sloan Lacquer and decided to try it out. It was developed to use on painted floors and surfaces that are heavily used. Well, cabinets certainly fall into the heavily used category. The lacquer gives a nice matte shine.

After brushing one coat of lacquer on and after it dried I could add the glaze. The lacquer also dries very fast. It has an odor, but it not overpowering and Mr. Savvy did not even notice it when he came home.
You do want to brush the lacquer on thinly or you will have white spots where it dries if it is on too thick. I had to learn that the hard way and started putting it on thin. You want two thin coats and not one thick one.

I decided to do one coat of lacquer then the glaze and then the last coat of lacquer so the glaze was protected, too. I brushed the Valspar glaze in mocha on and then took a slightly damp cotton cloth and wiped most of it back off just leaving the glaze in the grooves and a hint of color on the other.

Here you can see the door on the left before the glaze and the right one is after. This is during the process.

After wiping the glaze off I would stand back and look and take off more if needed. I did not want my cabinets to look dirty. If you don't take almost all the glaze back of the large flat surfaces it can look dirty.



I am so glad this is done and one project I can mark off the list.
If you missed the reveal post you can see it here.

Cost:
1 can of Chateau Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: $35 (did not use a whole can)
Annie Sloan Lacquer: $54 (only used half)
Valspar Translucent Glaze in Mocha: $15 (used very little)

Cost to have them professionally painted: approximately $2000.00 (paid $4500.00 for all cabinets years ago)
Saved: $1896.00

If you need the chalk paint or lacquer you can order them from my sponsor.

Have a super week!

Sharing at the following:
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I was not supplied with any of the products I used and all opinions are my own.

102 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I'd love to give this a try. You make it look very uncomplicated.

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  2. You did a great job, Kim! Love the color and the final look with the glaze. I'm going to be painting over black soon, too. I'm going to be using the Old White on a black armoire and I'm sure I'm going to be doing a few coats. Hopefully one can will do it.

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  3. You did an awesome job, Kim. They look beautiful! Since I had LIGHT OAK cabinets for 28 years, I am loving my new black cabinets. Hope I don't get tired of them. Happy Sunday! XO, Pinky

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  4. They really do look amazing. I love the glaze on them, really shows all the wonderful detail of the wood. Hugs, Marty

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  5. This project turned out so beautifully Kim and I really appreciate the tutorial! I recently did my cabinets in Old White & the island in Graphite and I've applied one coat of wax so far. Ugh! What a bear to polish all that wax. I'm going to have to check in with my dealer to see if I can switch over to the lacquer now that I already have a coat of wax on. I really think that would be so much easier than applying two more coats of wax and buffing, buffing, buffing . . . and I think it would be much less likely to show marks. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post, Patti@OldThingsNew :)

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  6. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It could not have come at a better time, as I need to redo my kitchen cabinets. This looks like LOTS easier than any method I've used before.

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  7. I had no idea about Annie Sloan lacquer. Your project turned out beautifully!!

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  8. Great post you make it look so easy, I have been thinking of putting the glaze on my wood cabinets...too many to paint!

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  9. What a great tutorial, I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets myself but was worried that if they were not professionally sprayed with oil based paint and sealed with polyurethane they would chip over time. I'm so glad to know about the A.A. lacquer and please keep us posted on how well they wear over time.
    Thanks again,
    Lisa

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  10. I am SOOOO doing this, Kim! Thank you for the tutorial! I am finally excited about my cabinets!

    xo

    Andie

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  11. I love the subtle use of glaze.

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  12. Love the cabinets! And thanks so much for the tutorial.

    Although you used Chateau Grey, my monitor shows it looking like a very light sage (?) green. Is that what it truly is?

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  13. It all looks so professional Kim, you did a wonderful job. I think you will enjoy the green for a change too. I didn't even know AS made a lacquer, good to know:)

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  14. I need to save this for when I get my first can of ASCP on my hands! Beautiful color, professional results!

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  15. Gorgeous cabinet makeover! And thanks for the tutorial.

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  16. They turned out wonderful. The tutorial was great too Kim.

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  17. I love it, what a total transformation! That is the way to go when pianting cabinets! Started painting hutch today in French Linen, I need a change:). Have a great Sunday, Jen

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  18. This is so beautiful. Thanks for the specifics, they really help. I may just get the courage up to paint mine. I am curious, like the commenter above, are they as green in real life as they seem to be in the photos? Is Chateau Grey kind of sage green? I love the color, but it would need to be green rather than grey for me to use in my house... Great transformation!

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  19. Amazing!! And the Annie Sloan lacquer is genius! I've been wanting to paint some cabinets, but the wax/buff process is super daunting when faced with an entire bank of cabinets. Thanks for the tip!!
    Oh, and I was wondering what kind of brush you used to apply the paint and lacquer?

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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    1. Jeannine, you can also spray or brush on any top coat you like over chalk paint. Instead of waxing I use General Finishes brand top coats on my projects. Their flat High Performance topcoat has a very subtle sheen, similar to a buffed wax finish. I like the satin sheen as well and the protection factor is so much better than any wax you can buy.

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  20. Such a great job on it Kim, maybe I'll try the glaze on my desk!

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  21. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I really appreciate it. I LOVE the makeover you did. It looks so professional. You are very talented. And BRAVE! I'm terrified to try anything like this on my cherry island but would love to. I suppose I'll just continue to dream about it and live through you. I love your blog. I don't always comment, but I always visit. A favorite of mine.

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  22. Thank you for the tutorial, Kim!! Your cabinets turned out so pretty!!

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  23. Kim, it looks absolutely amazing. I can't believe what you paid to have them painted years ago, and what you did looks just as good. What an inspiration for the rest of us. I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for the longest time, but am having trouble talking hubby into it. Maybe if I start with the island, and it looks as good as yours, he'll be convinced and I can do the rest of the cabinets. Well done, my blogging friend. :)

    Debbie

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  24. Hi Kim,
    Wow, your makeover of your Kitchen cabinets is awesome, so well done. They look amazing! The finished result is so very professional looking! Great job, & Good for you!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  25. Absolutely GORGEOUS. Love the color and THANK YOU for the product list! My island is in need of a makeover! xo

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  26. I think Chateau Gray is one of my favorite ASCP colors! Good to know about the lacquer as I was considering CP for my bathroom vanity. Thanks for sharing, Kim ~ they're GORGEOUS!
    xo Heidi

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  27. Amazing job! They are beyond beautiful. I need to try some of that lacquer...

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  28. Kim- thank you for the tutorial. I really like the look you achieved. It is nice to see something for the kitchen that is different (not white, or black). You certainly have a lovely home. Blessings Paula

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  29. Love this Kim and you have now given me the faith that I can accomplish this task as well!

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  30. your cabinets look fantastic. im actually in the process of doing mine right now. why did you apply the glaze after a coat of lacquer. just curious i've never used glaze. i always use stain. thinking about using glaze on the cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are alot different than just doing a piece of furniture arn't they! Did you sand yours at all to distress or is that just the look the glaze gave it?

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  31. What a wonderful tutorial and I love the outcome! So my question...what about hinges? Mine are all on the outside so that will be an issue. Not sure what to do with them? Spray paint?

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  32. You did a great job Kim! Thanks for the tutorial. My kitchen cabinets are starting to show wear and I have been thinking of repainting mine. Enjoy your evening, Gail

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing this Kim!I want to give this a try on my bathroom cabinets!LOVE this color too!
    xx
    Anne

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  34. What beautiful work!! You're hired!!
    Please pray tell where you purchased that lovely tea towel. It's gorgeous!!

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  35. Beautiful job! Going to be painting our cabinets using the ASCP in Old White. Did you paint the inside of the cabinet doors as well??

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  36. Fantastic tutorial, Kim. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and tips. I think I would like to try this on our bathroom cabinets. I will study your directions again before I do though. Really helpful and great post!
    melinda

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  37. Great tutorial Kim! You did an awesome job on the cabinets, they look beautiful! Love your hardware.

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  38. Oh, Kimmie! Your cabinets look fantastic! Now I thought they were a gray green - love the color. You did a nice job and a great tutorial!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  39. I didn't know AS now has a lacquer. I'm glad you've shared this with us because I have found the wax doesn't hold up well in high traffic areas with lots of water.
    Your island looks fabulous!

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  40. Wow Kim I have been absent from the blog world and didn't see the kitchen cabinets till tonight. They look SO GOOD! Love the color and the glaze. REALLY Pretty!!

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  41. Your cabinets look beautiful. I didn't know that AS made a lacquer. I have to try this. I am thinking about doing a cabinet project and a table and the lacquer sounds perfect. Great tutorial. Thanks.

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  42. Oh Kim they are absolutely lovely. I love using the mocha glaze...it is one of my favorites. I have not used the AS lacquer before, but the one I use I have to do thin coats or it also leaves white spots. Nice job!!!

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  43. Turned out great, Kim! Love that color. Haven't tried the AS lacquer yet.

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  44. Absolutely gorgeous Kim~ thanks for the tutorial too! LOVE the color and the glazing~ so charming!!

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  45. oh my gosh Kim, that is gorgeous!!!! I can't believe how unlimited your project energy is! totally envious of those cabinets. Have a great week.

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  46. Kim - Your cabinets look wonderful. I didn't know there was an Annie Sloan lacquer. It looks like you got a great finish.

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  47. What a terrific job you did! I've been wanting to try a glaze over chalk paint, just to see how it works. Even though I like my white cabinets, I am tempted every so often to paint them. Great job!! and congrat's on your anniversary! You have done a great job with your blog!

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  48. I used the exact same mocha glaze on my kitchen cabs and actually did it the same way...only in the recessed area. I found that as an all over glaze, it really took away from my original intended color of the cabs, but as an accent, worked like a charm. I used mine with an antique white, but Kim, with this grey/green it's just exceptional! Who'da thunk! Your island looks grand! Good luck on your entry for 2013 projects!

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  49. Wonderful and thanks for all the tips. I am planning re-doing my kitchen cabinets. So, you have saved me many, many, mistakes and steps. Love the laquer finish.

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  50. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Your cabinets look so fabulous I just might try this myself later this year-mine need it!

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  51. Kim,
    Your cabinets turned out beautiful! You did a fantastic job.

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  52. I so love the cabinets and color...you make it look so "doable"...to the point where i am seriously going to consider painting my island...you have inspired me!!!...Fantastic job Kim!

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  53. Pinning this for reference. I have a huge kitchen island screaming for something like this.

    Bliss

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  54. Oh my goodness, you give me ideas, and I don't have the skills like you to do them...your cabinets turned out AWESOME! They look like they were professionally done, just stunning with the glaze.

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  55. There are lots of things Mr. Savvy doesn't notice, it seems. At least, he noticed your stunning job on the cabinets!

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  56. Kim, Your kitchen looks fantastic. I can appreciate all your hard work as I'm in the midst of completing an upgrade in our kitchen/family room area. Prime, Paint, DRY..paint. Such a process. I had the doors sprayed professionally and then we did the rest. Did NOT use A. Sloan paint.. I do have some but use it for smaller projects. Love the look of the lacquer finish!
    leslie
    www.trouverlesoleil.blogspot.com

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  57. Thanks for your info. Your blog is usually the first one I read each day. Your cabinets turned out incredibly beautiful! After this post, I think I have the courage to try out ASCP on my bathroom cabinets! Keep up all the great work!

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  58. Kim your cabinets turned out so beautiful! We just purchased a 44 year old home and nothing has been done (decorating) in all that time. The appliances and sink were all green, the vinyl flooring was green, orange and yellow and looked like large stones, the cabinets are a dark wood stain and in need of a more modern update. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, it's exactly what I had in mind and you make it look so easy. Now the decision is... which color???
    Thanks!
    ~Pendra

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  59. I love your guts, Kim! I've been living with wood kitchen cabs that I really want to change, but can't bring myself to do it. You make it look so easy! I've got to get more daring!! Your cabinets look great. Love the color!

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  60. Kim your hard work is amazing. You really did a very good job. You renovate your kitchen vey beautifully . your kitchen cabinet’s color is nice. Your all kitchen and living room furniture sets are awesome

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  61. LOVE the finish and what a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing your steps, I have some bathroom cabinets I think I might be brave enough to tackle now :)

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  62. Beautiful!!! If I get brave enough, I may paint mine!

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  63. What a terrific transformation!

    can you let me know what type of brush you used for the paint and lacquer?

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  64. You did a great job. I didn't know about the Annie Sloan lacquer. I would love to try that on a project I have in the works. You've given me courage.

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  65. Kim,

    Absolutely gorgeous! I've been wanting to paint our bottom cabinets for a while but was a tad nervous! Thanks to this post as soon as we get home from vacation it's the first thing on my to do list! Great tutorial! How do you like the Chateau Grey with your yellow table? Our table needs a facelift & I LOVE the color of your table!!!

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  66. You did an amazing job on the cabinets! I adore your home but your kitchen is my favorite place in it. My husband and I are getting ready to replace our kitchen so I will definitely be trying this. I'd love to do these treatment in a grey/green color with granite countertops. Thank you for sharing how to do this. I'll definitely be using your sponsor for my product selections.

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  67. Kim you are really convincing me... How are the cabinets holding up? I don't know if I want to have someone paint them or do it myself.... HUGE job in my kitchen. Are you happy with the laquer? Waxing the cabinets won't happen, it is too big of a job. Also I am curious if you had any problem with grease coming through the paint, I have had this problem on a couple of furniture pieces and the cabinets make me nervous. Thanks for your help!
    Susan
    Homeroad.net

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  68. You did a GORGEOUS job!!! I'm dying to do this over my maple (ugh) cabinets! But hubby, you know...

    Question - you said you used gray but in the pics it looks a bit aqua/blue to me (which I love, by the way). I was thinking of using Louis Blue but wondered if the Versaille Gray does look a bit blue or if it's just the lighting or the camera? Does yours really look gray in person?

    Thanks!

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  69. Dawn, you have no reply comment on so I will answer you here. The color is more green. No blue at all. The color is Chateau Gray, but is actually green with a gray tone.

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  70. I want to try this on my kitchen cabinets, but cannot seem to find the Valspar glaze anywhere. Do you have any suggestions as to where I may be able to purchase it?

    Thanks!

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  71. It looks amazing, I am getting ready to take this on but I have a cabinet that has the spindle style plate rack what is your advice for how to paint that cabinet? I am hoping to not have to take the spindles off, do you think I could spray that area rather then brush?

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  72. I am enchanted and inspired. I shall be using your method on some paneling in a very busy hallway.

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  73. How are these holding up? I'm about to start my kitchen....I'M REALLY NERVOUS!!! Just wondering if it will be worth all the effort! ha
    Holly

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  74. Thank you for this tutorial! This is exactly what I was looking for!

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  75. Stunning. How do you make your paint go on so smoothly? I see no brush strokes at all. I use natural brushes, kiss them with water and still so many brush strokes. I would love to do my cabinets or bathroom vanity, but the brush stroke fear is stopping me, You are a true artist!!

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    1. I used a brush, too and there are some slight brush marks, but not bad. The chalk paint is also very easy to sand smooth if you want them super smooth. Then I think the lacquer makes the brush marks not show, too.

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  76. I would love to do my kitchen cabinets in chalk paint but I was told the process with the wax would take weeks and with 4 kids that would be impossible. This process seems to be shorter... can you tell me the timeline?

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    1. I didn't use wax. I used the lacquer that dries very quickly. I did these in three days.

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  77. Really enjoyed your cabinet redo! I refinished my cabinets last month in Paris Grey……clear wax….then dark wax (it makes them rather dark)….didn't do a lot of rubbing with the waxes but have found using a small hand polisher/buffer helps a great deal when doing a large surface. Last paint was a dry brush in the Paris Grey to give depth……and finished off with AS Lacquer. They have a drift wood appearance…..and I'm please as was looking for something a little different. Highlighted some parts with a silver rub. Have really enjoyed your site!

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  78. Love how your kitchen turned out! Fabulous!! I want to try this chalk paint, I have a small table I would like to transform, I wonder if it comes in quarts?

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  79. Wow, this is beautiful!!! I kinda love chalk paint cause of the no prep and good coverage and I kinda hate chalk paint cause of all the waxing and the finish seems fragile. But I could definitely get behind the lacquer treatment. I like how you "aged" this, so often furniture w/glaze looks like it needs some soap and steel wool. Just beautiful!!!

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  80. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and cabinets. I am in the starting stage of my 1988 oak kitchen cabinets. Painting them 1-1 ratio of old white & pure white. I wanted to ask how your cabinets have held up? With three young kids I am leaning towards a sturdy top coat with white cabinets. I was thinking I had to wax them but now thinking of the Laquer. With 27 doors and 10 drawers this is more efficient. I also have hinges on the outside so I an debating to leave stain nickel or paint!?!?

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    1. Christina, they have held up very well. There is just two of us here most of the time. I highly recommend the lacquer. Brush it on thinly in two coats. If you try to put it on thick it will dry white and bubbly. Spread it out thin and let dry and then do a second coat.

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  81. I love the AS lacquer - I like to use it on table and dresser tops. It holds up so much better than the wax. I was wondering do you see brushstrokes on the cabinets? I just bought some paint conditioner as an additive that I have yet to try - but it is supposed to prevent brushstrokes. Not that I mind them, but for some pieces, I don't like the look.

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    1. If you look really close you can see them just a little. The lacquer leveled out really well. If I had sanded the paint finish first there probably would be no brush marks.

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  82. What kind of lacquer is comparable to Annie Sloan lacquer?

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  83. I really like your work! I hadn't considered using chalk paint but am wanting to redo my primitive looking cupboards and am intrigued by the lacquer you used. I do not want any shine but do want some protection and plan to "heavily age" my cupboards....do you think this lacquer eliminates the sheen you get with just satin poly???

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    1. Sandy, this is a matte finish. Very little shine.

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  84. Just found your blog and you inspired me to paint my island.My paint came in yesterday..sanded down the rough spots and cleaned it really well this morning...going to start painting it tonight..my island is also black...do you think priming it would have made a difference in the amount of paint you had to use? I know it's not necessary but if it would cut down on the amount of chalk paint I use I'm willing to do it.

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  85. Gorgeous! What color are the top cabinets? Also what color are your walls in here and living room?

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    1. I didn't paint the top ones. They are glazed white. The walls in that photo have been repainted since and are Manchester Tan now. The pics you see don't show the true color at that time. Too much light coming in. They were a very yellowy beige and it was custom mixed.

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  86. Kim, I recently refinished by kitchen table & chairs using ASCP. I used a polycrylic on the table top instead of wax because I wanted a more waterproof finish than I thought the wax would give me. I did this just before Christmas. The table sat for about 10 days before I used it for Christmas dinner. I am very pleased w/ everything but I am still having a few issues w/ the table top. For some reason water marks still appear on the table top if a glass is left sitting directly on the paint. I don't understand why this is happening. They do fade in time, but I would think the 3 coats of polycrylic would have prevented that. I was wondering if you thought I could put the AS Lacquer on top of the polycrylic and if it would be a better seal for water?

    Thanks so much for your cabinet tutorial! I am getting ready to refinish by kitchen cabinets and the Lacquer & glaze seam like a much better route to take! Excited about getting started now!

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    1. Debra, I really don't know. I have only used the lacquer on my cabinets and they are still like new. The lacquer was made for floors so I knew if it is good enough for floors then it had to be good for cabinets.

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  87. I LOVE the hardware on your cabinets - those drawer pulls are gorgeous. Where did you get them?

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  88. Why does the laquer go on before the glaze? Also, is the color gray- it is showing sage on my monitor. It is all gorgeous and I'm planning on following this exactly!

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  89. Also, you didn't remove any of the cabinet doors? How do you avoid the hinges, especially with coloring over such a dark color (as I will be as well). Thanks!

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  91. My experience with ASCP is that it is kind of thick. Did you think your paint on the cabinets. Do you ever thin it when using it? What kind of brush do you use? Thanks!

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  92. Can u use the chalk paint on Mali Maine? Cabinets please let me know I so want to do this.. Thank you Debbie

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