Renovating your home on a budget is easier than you think! Check out how Painting Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint is easy and affordable. I have been waiting to redo our kitchen since we moved into our home 14 years ago. Painting my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint from Dixie Belle literally took it from 80’s drab to farmhouse fab.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint From Dixie Belle | From 80’s Drab To Farmhouse Fab
Have you ever lived in a home that you just love, but know that some updating needs to be done? I know the feeling oh too well. My husband knows I’ve been dying to get my hands on our 1980’s kitchen cabinets since we moved in. Sometimes, purchasing new cabinets just isn’t in the budget and I’m all for a budget-friendly DIY’s! That’s why painting my kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle’s chalk paint was the perfect choice for me.
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DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinets
I knew that I wanted to create a Farmhouse look for our kitchen renovation. I just needed to find the perfect materials, paint, and color to make my farmhouse kitchen dream house a reality. One of the things that I love about Dixie Belle Paint is all the different colors they carry. No matter if you’re looking for dark or light colors, count on Dixie Belle for the perfect match. Plus, the paint quality is absolutely amazing!
No Sanding Or Priming Kitchen Cabinets
Another great thing I love about Dixie Belle’s chalk paint is that there is no need to sand or prime before painting furniture. This is something I’ve heard for all chalk paint, but I’ve put it to the test with Dixie Belle Paint.
I wanted to get more of a clean, bright, and farmhouse look in my kitchen, so I chose Dixie Belle’s Cotton paint color. Plus, they had all the materials I needed from brushes, cabinet protection, and cleaners to help me get started!
I compiled a list of materials that I used to redo our kitchen cabinets. Some of these materials you most likely will already have at home if you’ve done any home renovations. The rest you can easily order online on Amazon, straight on the Dixie Belle website, and your local hardware stores.
Materials Needed To Paint Kitchen Cabinets
- Dixie Belle Chalk Paint, your color choice, I used Cotton
- Dixie Belle Brushes
- White Lighting Cleaner
- Gator Hide
- Blue Sponge
- 2 small buckets or spray bottles
- 2 washcloths or small towels
- Painters tape
- Small baggies to keep all hardware
- Painters pyramid stacks (holds cabinet doors away from the floor to dry)
- Towels or sheets to cover countertops
Painting Kitchen Cabinets DIY
- The first thing I did was take my cabinet doors off and the hardware. Believe me when I say that you will thank me for doing this. Yes, it’s a pain, but the painting will be so much easier and cleaner. Especially if you are going to re-use your hardware as we did.
- If you are going to use your hardware, make sure to clean them. It will give the cabinets a nice shiny new look.
- Once all the doors and hardware were off I used the Dixie Belle White Lighting Cleaner to clean all of the cabinets and doors. This helps the paint stick a lot better on the furniture, plus you don’t want any extra dried pasta on your cabinet doors.
- Make sure to get into the cracks of your cabinet door. Especially if they are as old as ours are.
- With Dixie Belle paint sanding and priming is not necessary. I decided to prime my cabinet doors because I wanted to make sure that the white paint lasted a long time. Especially since my girls are getting older and starting to make more of their own meals. I didn’t prime the cabinets themselves, just the doors. Again, this wasn’t necessary but just an extra step I wanted to do so that the white color would last longer.
- Once the primer dried, I painted all the cabinets and cabinet doors with my Cotton Dixie Belle paint.
Tip: There’s no need to wait long to do a second coat of your Dixie Belle. The process was easy and the paint dries quickly, so by the time your cabinets are ready for a second coat that first coat is already dried. This helped the process go a lot smoother and faster.
- I knew with our darker kitchen cabinets I would have to do more than one coat of paint. One of the great things about Dixie Belle’s chalk paint is that it’s very thick and covers the cabinets well. I decided on two coats for the cabinets and two coats for the cabinet doors on top of the primer. If you have lighter cabinets you probably won’t need to do two coats.
Tip: One way to make sure if you need a second coat is allowing the paint to completely dry. If you can still see your base color on your doors or cabinets go ahead and apply a second coat of paint.
Tip for painting cabinet doors: I used painters pyramid stacks to keep the cabinet doors off the floor and easier for me to paint. I suggest two packets as they bring 5 in each pack. You will need about 2 pyramid pieces per door and 4 for larger doors. These little pyramid stacks were a lifesaver in making sure that the cabinet doors were drying quickly and without any streaks.
- The last step is to cover everything with Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide. This will protect the cabinets from stains, water damage, fingerprints, and will take away the chalky feel of the paint. I applied the Gator Hide using their blue sponge.
Tip: Make sure to wash your blue sponge a few times with soap and water. You want to get some of those blue fuzzies off before you start using it on your beautiful cabinets.
- This helped with drippings and spreading the Gator Hide evenly. It’s not thick like the chalk paint, so it runs easily.
- Once the Gator Hide dried, I applied two more coats. I wanted to make sure these were sealed perfectly, especially with two little girls running around.
Update: I highly suggest the Gator Hide seal your cabinets! Especially on pasta nights. My daughter spilled a bowl of pasta that had pasta sauce splatter on the floor, cabinets, and our walls. Anywhere I applied the Gator Hide was easy to clean, my white curtains, not so much!
I’ll be sharing lots more DIY’s with Dixie Belle Paint on the blog, so make sure to follow along. Also, check out my Instagram stories where I’ve been sharing my budget-friendly DIY farmhouse kitchen idea videos.
If you’re looking for great quality chalk paint and materials for a budget DIY in your home then make sure to check out Dixie Belle for paints, brushes, stains, and much more! They are seriously my favorite chalk paint brand by far and my kitchen transformation says it all!
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