Swita Cabinetry Blog



April 20, 2018

DIY Cabinet Renovation with Chalk Paint is Latest Trend

The DIY trend of repurposing furniture with a fresh coat of paint has spilled over into cabinetry. Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is a big part of the movement to transform a kitchen island or revive a boring bathroom vanity with little effort.


Why Chalk Paint® Cabinetry?

  1. If your cabinets are structurally sound, but you want a new look
  2. If you want to revive your kitchen or bathroom, but currently don’t have the ideal budget for a full remodel
  3. You want to update a room’s style or add a new color to a kitchen island, accent cabinet, laundry room cabinet or vanity
  4. You love DIY projects, especially painting

Developed by artist Annie Sloan over 25 years ago, Chalk Paint® rarely requires prep work such as stripping or sanding. As Annie says, “There’s no need for tiresome priming and sanding—you can get straight to the fun bit!”

In the video, Annie Sloan shows a simple way to update your kitchen cabinets by using Chalk Paint® and Wax.


Annie’s 6 Steps to New Cabinets


  1. First, remove the doors and any hardware. Give them a wash with soapy water, no harsh chemicals needed. 


  1. Paint the cupboards in your chosen Chalk Paint®. Here Annie is using Old Ochre. Use an Annie Sloan Flat Brush for a smooth finish. 


  1. Leave to dry, before painting a second coat of Chalk Paint®. 


  1. Once dry, wax the doors using Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and a Chalk Paint® Wax Brush. Remove any excess with a lint-free cloth. 


  1. Leave the wax to harden before applying another coat, allowing at least a day. You'll want to wax the doors two to three times to make your finish really strong.  


  1. Finally, for a polished finish, you can buff the wax with a cotton cloth.