We recently renovated our kitchen from a dark green space to a bright and white DIY Farmhouse Chalk Painted Kitchen and we are so thrilled with how it turned out!
We moved into our home just over a year and a half ago and and the kitchen was a great space – I loved the size and the location of the cabinets. But it felt very dark. The cabinets were painted a dark sage green, the counter was a greenish granite and the flooring was a dark, almost black wood. It was very pretty, but it showed EVERYTHING. We really wanted to lighten up the space, without spending a ton of money on a kitchen renovation.
I did a lot of research into different ways to paint the cabinets and decided that a chalk paint finish was the way to go for us! I wanted to be able to do a slightly distressed finish that would hold up great and be easy to do.
I have used the Plaid FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint several times – it’s a great paint that goes on well and is so easy to distress and finish. It also holds up great to use and that was important to us too, with all the wear it would get in the kitchen.
I’m not going to do a tutorial for the renovation – there are so many great kitchen renovation tutorials out there already. But I’ll give you some tips I learned along the way!
Chalk Painted Kitchen Tips:
- Plan on it taking some time. :) It’s a huge money saver to redo your cabinets by painting them, rather than replacing them, but it does take quite a bit of time to do it right. We worked for almost a month on the process, and our kitchen isn’t huge. It was so worth it in the end though!
- With the chalk paint, we didn’t have to do any sanding or refinishing. Our cabinets were already painted, so the new paint went on easily. You will want to make sure the cabinets are clean and dry before you start.
- Do several light coats instead of trying to do huge heavy coats. You will find that the coverage is better and you will keep the details of the cabinets this way. It also helps to give the cabinets a nice clean coverage without brush strokes.
- Have plenty of surfaces on hand for setting up the cabinet doors. You don’t want to be painting on the floor so I’d recommend a lot of cardboard boxes to set the doors on. They are much cheaper than using saw horses and you can easily move them around.
We have lived with the renovation for a few months now and are still so happy with how it looks and how it is holding up! I am still amazed with how bright the kitchen looks now!
We also painted the walls and redid the flooring. We chose a pretty light turquoise for the walls and you can find all the details on the flooring here.
I love how the cabinets look with the furniture in the room as well – they go so great with the hoosier cabinet and all our other vintage touches.
I redid our barstools as well – they were covered with a boring red fabric so I recovered them with a couple vintage napkins. They turned out so fun!
We are so happy with how it turned out!
I’d love to answer any questions you have about the process – if you have any leave them in the comments!