Monday, August 22, 2016

Annie Sloan Chalk Painted & Waxed Kitchen Cabinets Review 3 Years Later


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I was looking thru pictures of our last home from back when we first purchased it. I decided it would be fun to try and find pictures of our kitchen that were shot from the same vantage point after we transformed it into a french farmhouse dream. Turns out it was pretty easy to find some!
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Mr. Front Porch and I transformed this space back in 2013.I painted the walls, we created a new range hood, and ripped out the old backsplash. 
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As some of you may remember I painted our cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I was planning on doing an update post back in the spring on how well our cabinets were holding up seeing as it had been 3 years since I had painted them. Well we decided to place our home up for sale and I never got around to it.
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Here is my two cents on our Annie Sloan Chalk Painted cabinets if you are interested. As my original tutorial stated(look at the bottom of this post for the link) I sealed the cabinets with multi layers of wax. In the past three years I NEVER had to rewax my cabinets and HONEST they look as good today as they did when I first painted and waxed them. I wish I had up close pictures of them to show you. I had taken some during the flurry of moving but none of them came out and well I can't go back and retake um!;) 

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Now as I stated in my tutorial I would NEVER paint my bottom cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and use wax as a sealant or even uppers if I was a cook prone to splatters!! NEVER! The paint job will NOT hold up at all if sealed with wax. Bottom cabinets take the brunt of kitchen abuse if you ask me and are prone to spills. I knew this before heading into the project and decided to use it anyways because we are fairly easy on our kitchen.
Speaking of spills, I ended up having a spill back at the beginning of the year and wouldn't you know it, it was when I was getting something out of the oven and it dripped down to the first drawer. I wiped it off right away but it was no use the damage was done. There was a drip mark on the drawer for several months till I decided to bust out my medium grade sanding block and lightly sand the drip stain away. I then touched up the area and resealed it with wax. It took several layers of paint and wax to get the stain to stop appearing though.The debacle could have been totally adverted if I had just used a clear top coat sealant that Annie sells or Artisan Enhancement even has a clear top coat that I hear works wonders too. I have NOT used either myself. I always suggest doing research before undertaking any DIY project so you can decide for yourself exactly what products you want to use or seek the advice of a professional.
Anyways, other than the drip, that set of cabinets was still just as good as new. Now if I had littles running around with sticky fingers and such then no it would not have held up because again they were sealed with wax.
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Are chalk painted cabinets for everybody? Nope they are not and that is ok. For us though it gave our kitchen the feel I was after. For the nay sayers that say painting our cabinets would decrease the value of our home and make our home harder to sell well just the opposite happened. We had an offer within two weeks and were under contract in 3. I have my chalk painted cabinets partially to thank for that!:) It is always best to know your market by looking at what is selling and what is not selling if you plan on moving to determine if the projects you are undertaking are going to be profitable. 

My original Before & After Kitchen Reveal Post as well as my Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tutorial are two of my most popular posts.

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11 comments:

  1. Love seeing before pics and the makeover Pamela!! I agree about wax, as well. On one hand, my kitchen has held up fine with wax on uppers and lowers, but I waxed the white furniture in my girls rooms, and I wish I had used a non-yellowing poly as I cannot clean where they spilled makeup, etc. The tops of their dressers have not held up like poly would have. My kitchen cabinets are gray, so maybe that's why I've had no issues with them, but the creamy whites I would never, ever use any kind of wax on again.

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    1. I use wax on the creamy whites on furniture and have not had any issues. It is interesting to hear each persons individual experience with it. All thing stop take into consideration before using. I used it paint our bathroom vanity and that was 5 years ago and it still is going strong. Love your kitchen cabinets Anita!

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  2. It's hard to believe this is the same kitchen! I painted my cabinets too and appreciate your honesty about the results. But the white is still better than oak for me even if I have to repaint every year!

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    1. I would certainly use it again. I would just buy the clear top coat. Though mine held up extremely well minus the one drip it prevented me from ever painting my bottoms to match because the finish would to look the same since I used the wax on top. I would have had to sand down everything I previously painted to get the wax gone and start over. Hubby liked the wood two tone though so it worked out great! Next kitchen is totally different from this though!

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  3. LOVE the kitchen. And I especially love the large black clock! Can I ask where you purchased it? I would love to have this clock for a living room wall, it would be perfect!

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    1. Hi Sandy! Thank you for your sweet comment. The black clock came from HomeGoods. It has been probably 5 or 6 years since I purchased it but they always have similar ones from time to time still.

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  4. I also used Annie Sloan chalk paint on my old, but very nice custom wood kitchen cabinets. I couldn't afford to tear them out, but they were very dated, so we added some trim to make them look like Shaker style cabinets and I painted with ASCP. Because I use my kitchen and cook every day, I knew that I need a more durable surface than the wax would give me, so on the advice of my stockist I used Valspar water based clear poly. They were beautiful and very durable!

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    1. So glad you are happy with how your cabinets turned out!

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  5. I'm so glad you did a follow up. Chalk painted cabinets always look pretty as soon as they are done but I have wondered how well they hold up! Yours look great and seem to have held up very well.

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    1. Yes, Pat they held up very well. I was even able to wipe them down with windex and clorox wipes when needed.

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  6. I love the look with the painted cabinets and stained ones. I wondered how the chalk painted cabinets would hold up. I need to do something with mine.

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