Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

10:17 PM

The 20 year old oak cabinets were a wreck!

Here is the before... 

and the during...

And finally... the finished!

My cabinets were done by 2 very sweet women from a company called Bella Terra Designs. Check Theresa's website, they are true artists and professionals. I would recommend them 100% for those that live in the area. You can check out their facebook page here.

Bella Terra Designs used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint... 
The uppers were done in 1/2 Pure White and 1/2 Old White
I didn't want the upper cabinets too white or too cream colored so mixing the 2 was the perfect solution! 

At the last minute we ended up using a primer on the top cabinets. Though a degreaser was used to clean the cabinets first, 
grease spots were coming up through the white... 
In an attempt to stop the spots in their tracks the ladies used a primer first and then 2 coats of chalk paint. Primer is usually an unnecessary step with chalk paint, but in this case it was better safe than sorry!

The bottom cabinets were painted with 
Annie Sloan French Linen.

We finished off the cabinets with a little distressing and 2 coats of varnish. We all felt that the varnish would give the cabinets added protection. The varnish is called C-5000 from 
Faux Effects International.

My cabinets go around the island and into the next room...
this was no small job which is why I hired someone to do it for me.

Going with the 2 toned kitchen was the perfect choice, not too light and not too dark. It gave the room a lot of character!

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All the paint and supplies for my kitchen were purchased at my favorite supplier
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  1. Hi Susan,.
    your kitchen has been wonderful.

    A beautiful day wishes
    Simone from Dresden

  2. You got a brand new looking kitchen, Susan! It looks great. Good tip about mixing the whites.

  3. Ohhhhh, it's done!!!! Looks great and I think you are loving it. School is almost out, one big project marked done, great way to start the summer.


  4. WOWWIE-KAZOOWY! Amazingly amazing. lol I already loved the kitchen, but I get the 'need to refresh' thing. Great work.

  5. Love the two toned look. Perfectly beautiful!

  6. It looks like a new kitchen Susan. Using the 2 neutrals together makes for a striking design!


  7. What a nice fresh look! And the bar stools are great too!

  8. Wow! This look amazing! I would love for you to link to


  9. Beautiful! Chalk paint is a super paint to work with. I love your updated cabinets.

  10. Your cabinets look wonderful! I am getting ready to paint mine in similar paint - only made locally in Oklahoma. Your's look great.


  11. susan! I LOVE the new look of your kitchen! I know you must be thrilled and smile from ear to ear every time you walk in there. :)

    kudos to Bella Terra Designs!


  12. Your cabinets are so pretty! I absolutely LOVE the color and the drawer pulls!

    Have a blessed and amazing day!

  13. Wow! Looks fabulous! Thanks for giving the name of that varnish. I may look that up :)

  14. Your kitchen looks amazing! I just had a friend ask me about painting cabinets in chalk paint, and since I don't have any experience with it, I wasn't sure how to recommend. I'll be sending her this post so she can see for herself. Looks great!


  15. What a great freshening up!! It looks amazing. I am thinking of doing mine this summer in a pale blue/grey on the bottom and white on the top... I did DIY chalk paint on my laundry room cabinets and was thrilled with the results. You have given me some additional inspiration!! Thanks:)

  16. Love the color combination you used in your kitchen. What a wonderful transformation. It looks so fresh and beautiful!! Great idea to hire someone to do it.
    Mary Alice

  17. Wow, what a dramatic change. I love the two colors. Gorgeous transformation. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live Monday evening. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  18. Susan - your kitchen is amazing - and worth all that hard work!! I've been trying to talk my sister into painting her cabinets - I'll have to send her a link to your beautiful one!

  19. Your cabinets look fabulous! How are they holding up? I'm contemplating the chalk paint for my own kitchen, but have kids who tend to knock & bang everything. Wondering if this type of paint is conducive to every-day family life. :)

    1. Larri they are holding up perfectly! I love them and there is not even a ding and I have 3 teenagers living at home plus a ton of friends... they wash up great and I love them!

  20. I too would like to know how they are holding up... My 25 year old kitchen needs help, but the cabinets are solid, so I can't justify trashing them just to get my dream white kitchen : (

    1. Robin my cabinets are still fabulous! I wash them down when they get dirty... my teenagers haven't even made a ding in them... they are just as durable as I had hoped! I love them and everyone that enters my kitchen says they love it!

  21. I was wondering where you got those amazing stools? I loooove them!!

    1. Monica the stools came from

  22. How are they holding up? I just paint a kitchen in the french linen then waxed them. I am afraid of them chipping. Keeping my fingers crossed they hold up! Your kitchen looks beautiful!


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