#AskFleurish Episode 8: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with CHALK PAINTFeb 27, 2020
says relize ok can you see me yes ok good morning everyone good afternoon good afternoon i guess its 12:30 its tuesday this is
and you know the
episode8 of ask prosper and i dont know why what is 8
episodes to do this but we're going to be doing
cabinetsit's definitely the number one thing people come to the store for to buy our
and you know the
kitchenis the most remodeled room in the house Absolutely number one the kitchen is the heart of the home everyone spends so much time in their kitchen and a lot of us have really dated
cabinetsthey are probably good quality solid oak or solid maple and space is fine you know why would you tear out all the cabinets in your kitchen to replace them?
It's just that it's extremely expensive to replace all your cabinets, but then what are you doing with all of that? Then it goes to a dump. Responsible remodeling is restoring them if they're perfectly fine, so don't fix and replace them. them with hardboard keep your wood solid that's the perfect thing to
and i'll show you the best way to paint and prep because
and i'll show you the best way to paint and prep because
chalkpaint is definitely the best way to DIY it's not a latex band-aid you're putting on You are truly creating a beautiful hand painted finish that will increase the value of your home with every dollar spent on the kitchen that you will be able to recoup if you resell it and want something that will last.
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askfleurish episode 8 how to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint...
You don't want paint that is going to chip your cabinets. Your time and effort. Its workforce is the vast majority. You can refinish your average kitchen for $200-$400 using our product and probably couldn't even repair a pantry door. That's some really amazing, amazing stuff here today and we're going to go ahead and get started, we're going to really focus on most of what I'm doing today so that you can really see the details of what's going on. so again this is a splurge episode eight painting and waxing kitchen cabinets the first thing you do is prep and the beautiful thing about using
chalkpaint is you don't have to do a ton of prep but you do need to do some prep so we're going to use Basic H.
This is my favorite cleanser. Would you sell it here in the store? It is a Shaklee product. product is because it's completely non toxic it's very safe to work with it rinses very clean and doesn't leave any residue that would fight paint so I love that any other non toxic cleaner is fine don't use TSP or any other really harmful substance. This is a really nice paint we need to be environmentally safe and using that just isn't necessary and could actually harm your body and could leave residue that could fight your paint so non toxic basic H cleaner is great it will make 48 gallons , so I have some water in this bucket here.
I'm going to use about a teaspoon and a half for the water I have here, so I'm in the mood. measured to look a bit there than around so the best tool you can use to clean is these little sponges here so I like the scotch brite any brand will use I like the rough side that is here because this is really going to remove anything dirty in here your kitchen cabinets are probably dirtier than you think with a lot of hidden grease and stuff so i'm going to wash them on this side and rinse them on this side so here i go to work and i'm going to scrubbing cleaning all of that and you can see I'm putting a little bit of force in because I really want to make sure I'm doing a good thorough job. work on cleaning this up because a clean dry surface will give you the best prep you can For painting, no stripping necessary, no sanding the cabinets, no need to wipe them down, our paint will adhere better than any primer so just wipe but more here these are really nasty.
I can see that I'm really getting all that dirt out of there and I'm spending time getting to the corners and getting all of that out and I'm putting some pressure here because I really want to make sure. that i'm buying anything that's a little sunken in that finish that's on there so if any of you guys are thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets i would love to know how big your kitchen is please tell me what color you're thinking of, tell me whether you are going to tackle it with a friend or not, do it yourself, ok.
I'm going to rinse this. Take this side and I'll remove it. dirty here that's why it's important to rinse you need to rinse them as well as you would rinse your hands is you washing your hands if i leave some little bubbles here the nice thing about using basic ages those little bubbles aren't going to fight my finish and that's one of the big reasons why I really like this cleaner so I'm going to clean that up and I just want to make sure my sponge is clean when I'm done so I know there's no more gunk in there which looks pretty good now so I want to make sure before this dries completely if I'm doing all my kitchen I'm going to let my cabinets dry for a couple of hours before I start painting because you don't want any moisture on them right now we're going to see how to paint so I put a Just a little bit of paint here earlier and I want to show you a few little tricks for painting oak.
I would say that oak cabinets are probably the number one wood that we hear about from people who come into the store. probably maple, you don't have this open grain, can you tell what that green is on? the photograph, you see what that is, you see that real open grain there and if you paint the traditional way of working with the grain, can you see all those holes that are there, so when you work with that you end up with all these little pockets? here it pops that there and you look closer all these little air pockets from the grit are there and I have no paint so it looks like I've missed a spot or I don't know how to Paint the key is really working with a good bristle brush natural to properly load the brush.
You really want to make sure that all sides of the brush have paint on it. the sides of your brush so you have paint, you don't want it to drip I've wiped off the excess and you'll notice I'm only using about the first quarter of my brush which is a properly loaded brush I don't I don't want to paint all the way back to my splint metal that's just going to rust and you're going to get t a lot of paint in there it's going to get ugly and create a big mess so you just want to do the first thing you know a quarter or maybe a third of the brush is good and you want to paint a little bit opposite of what that grain is, so I'm not going to paint with the grain and do these little stripes like this because then it will look weird now I'm going to have you know brushstrokes that are going opposite the grain and then I have the grain this way instead of what I want to do. it's that I want to work against the grain, but then I'll realize how I push it in different directions.
I don't have any particular kind of movement, I just try to push the paint into that grain and very, very gently take the weight of my brush and just tickle that surface like that and that will make my brush strokes pop out and it will be very nice you don't want your brush strokes to go in one direction because that's actually going to highlight any kind of flaw you might have in and our wood that you really want so notice I'm working against the grain and then in either direction without any direction in particular if you're excited to paint your cabinets give me some lights here if you're thinking about doing it you like what we're doing here in our blossoming questions videos we'd like to hear from you so we need some thumbs up. ton of paint right there if I leave my paint really heavy and paint with the grain like I would latex it will leave a lot of brush strokes here a lot of brush strokes and use a lot more paint you need you don't want to put your paint as thick and brush with the grain you really want to challenge that old notion when you're using this product and spread that paint a lot more look how far I can spread that paint I'm going to pick that up and I'm going to finish painting all of this I'm going to pick up some more of that paint there that's too much and i'll be able to finish painting all the rest of this door with the amount of paint on there i still have too much on there spread it out a bit more so when you work with the paint you can absolutely do one coat if that's the look you like but I recommend it on kitchen cabinets and something that is going to wear out a lot and you know two or three very thin coats of paint letting each one dry in between the first coat you know what e you can leave it on for 15 minutes and you're good the second coat i would let it dry for a couple hours before i put the third coat on or overnight because you really want to make sure it's really dry your paint is completely dry before i wax it and i let it my last coat of paint dries overnight before waxing just to make sure it's completely dry because you don't want to trap moisture under that under that wax so when I'm w working on the cabinets why do I want to wax?
I like to use wax for a number of reasons, one of which is it's a million times easier to use than a polyurethane or lacquer or anything of the sort when I have to worry about brush strokes, drips, and excessive brushing. and all that, the other thing is that the wax has a really beautiful finish and it's very easy to maintain, so I'm going to put a coat of clear wax on top of this. I am using one of these wax brushes. This is our hair removal brush. that we have in the shop this is a co2 artisan product i have a couple of them here and i like that kota artisans brush because i like this flat finish on the brush here so what it does is it really helps massage the wax under the paint and what I'm trying to do is fill whatever amount of paint I have here on the surface with wax no more no less just the amount of paint that's here so I'm not using a ton of wax and just like Than paint you know a couple thin coats is better than a lot and coat it's almost impossible to get it to fill perfectly with one coat, after all we are human and contrary to popular belief more wax or one more coat thick wax does not equate to more protection, it simply does not. to give it a nicer shine and a better finish and more protection than more wax so i am putting my wax on my wax brush this is a good amount of wax but i have a cloth with me this is one of the best that cheesecloth towels and I'm going to work in a small section and I'm going to rub the wax in here and if you think of it like putting on hand cream I think that's the best analogy you're doing a little bit back and forth I can rub a little bit.
I'm not spending a lot of time on it. I'm just going to do that section and then I'm going to immediately clean up the excess and notice that I'm just cleaning more or less in one direction here and just picking off any extra stuff that might be sitting on the surface. I'm not rubbing it back and forth, that's good. Well you can do it later if you want but it's not necessary so when I feel the surface now it feels moist it feels smooth but it doesn't feel wet or tacky or tacky ok it just feels moist so notice that I'm just working in small sections too so I'm being a little more methodical about how I put this on because I want to know where I've gone and see that you can't tell where you start and stuff that's wonderful you don't have to worry about overlap marks you don't have to worry about knowing that it's so perfect you just put it on and see the pressure that I'm putting on I'm not doing this delicate like just painting it on the surface this is not going to do nothing at all but I'm not going to do this either no you need to hurt your brush you don't need to hurt your hand it's not high pressure my bristles are moving i'm pushing it towards the surface so it can soak up the paint that's there and if you think about it, like putting on hand cream, the same pressure as What you're doing is rubbing that hand cream in, so you know I'm not doing this with my hand cream. either so that the same pressure that i would use there is what you want to use with your brush you have a question yes melissa pen says i have been afraid to do my cabinets for fear of not being able to go back if trends change .
Is this technique hard to undo or is it like any other peanut piece and being able to use strippers? Oh, sure, absolutely, I mean, if you wanted to repaint it, as long as you use our brand of paint, you can just paint over it and change the color. with the wax you could certainly remove the wax with mineral spirits if you wanted to and then repaint with it, do you know another type of paint or you can use a stripper and take it all off and go back to stained wood absolutely absolutely so you know that's the best of painting never reaches the point of no return you can always change your mind and you know to go back and do something that's why you want to work on solid wood and not something like plastic or you know laminate or something like that that's not going to last as if If you were working on wood there is no limit to the number of times you can redo something so absolutely I don't know if this is going to show in the video butI'm going to try to put some wax on you here and so you can see so here it doesn't look like I have a lot of wax you really can't see that now you can see my finger can you say that in the video how I'm making light marks there so it doesn't look like I have a lot in there but I have a ton of wax in there so I really want to make sure I get that excess off on my floss flip my cloth over and wipe that back so when I do this I don't leave those marks behind it should feel dry it just feels smooth it feels moist and when I do cabinetry like I said I like to go over and apply two coats of wax letting the first one dry for at least an hour before I put the second on so I give it time to let it sit in the paint and dry and then my second coat said wait at least an hour you'll get a better result it's going to be a little easier to work with or you can wait overnight if you want you can wait a few days if you are busy and you can't go back to that it's perfectly fine too and you're going to put that second coat on the same way now you're not applying that second coat of wax to get a wax buildup you're not doing it for extra protection you're just doing it doing to make sure you have even coverage all over the piece and that you haven't missed a spot so the second coat of wax is only going to absorb where it needs to be into your paint and it's really going to glide across the surface and spread that wax out where it's already filled in so think back to the hand cream analogy when you're rubbing that hand cream in if you have too much hand cream in there you can't keep rubbing it in and get it in it's not going to soak your skin it just you have so much skin there that you end up pushing it up your arm or you ask a friend or someone else to take some of that hand cream for you or you wipe it off with a towel you have to do something with it it won't keep soaking sitting in the same place that's how your wax works that's why we have the tower so I'm going to dip into my wax here again and now this time I'm going to be able to go a lot further because I can feel this sliding across the surface a lot more and I'm rubbing that rub again I'm going to go back and I'm going to remove that excess wax with my cloth wipe wipe that's it it's not taking a ton of time it's not the process long and super hard to work with it just is No, if it takes you half an hour to hit something, you're working too hard.
I'm going to wipe off that excess and give it a good tug. I'm putting a little. you don't know shaking I'm not working that hard but I'm not just playing it. I'm cleaning it. I'm holding it back and making sure there's nothing extra on a surface and it feels great. It was really very slippery. again, I'm going to clean that up, okay. I'm going to let it dry for a bit and then I can go back and polish it up, so I'll show you on this brown paper because it's so easy to see how to do it. it soaks into the wax, so if you do swirls like this, you can see how you can easily make all these little holes here as the wax soaks into the brown paper where you've missed, you can't really see that in your painting that easily, that's why i'm not a big fan of doing swirls i like to be a little more methodical and do one of these and now you can see what before it starts penetrating and filling in areas that we had missed before now this will give it that even application of wax so doing that second coat, even if you've missed a big spot, you can go back and it's going to set in that second coat, soak up and all of this is nice and even by the time you're done soaking and draw pretty well, so what if you want to do a little angst?
I recommend that you put wax first. a coat of clear wax here and wipe off my excess as I go so the wax brush gets into those corners nicely, can you see how it just gets the wax in there and scoops it out again? I can really get it down all those edges really well and it really does the work for you by really massaging it down into that surface you have the least amount of waste when you use a brush like this because it's doing the work for you you're rubbing it down there and I don't have something that is absorbing a lot if I wax with my cloth my stick will absorb about 30% of my wax that's a lot of wasted wax and it's hard to tell what the cloth is absorbing and what the paint is absorbing So using a brush definitely makes the job go faster easier to get to those edges and corners and the least amount of waste if you're working on a big project like your kitchen cabinets you're already saving a ton of money , get the right tools they make a big difference ok so I put on my first layer and then I'm going to do some distress so I have a blue color and a I like it underneath here and I like my sandpaper a little small so I tear it in half and here I am.
I'm using 220 grit I like 220 grit or distressing I'm going to be able to see a little bit of my original wood under here and a little bit of my office in blue and here I'm going to let the boss talk to me and I decide where I want to just stress it out a little more so where my handle will probably be used a little bit more so I'm going to go in and hit that a little bit harder you can see where the wax really starts to clog up my sandpaper that's why I like to use these little folded pieces so to be able to flip it and then when I flip it I can really hit it and get that color much quicker work my corner a little bit more and flip it again it starts to clog so you'll notice as I do this I'm going to clean it up very lightly sand this not very much my color looks a little funny you know i can see these lighter areas now in these darker areas so that's why you want to put your second coat of wax on after you do your sanding because that's going to ig ual your wax application obviously the areas where my august and blue is I have no wax and some of these areas I sanded off some of the wax so when I come back look boom my color is back to where it's supposed to be and I don't have any of those funky lines thrown around anymore.
I remove my towel every time the excess wax the second coat of wax you can see a little bit more where you are going with that because you have sanded and you can see my wax goes a lot further on this coat because I am already almost completely absorbed in the first layer. I'm just adjusting it nicely so you can see how it looks really very natural. It looks like this could actually be an old piece that is worn like this and when you first wax it. and then sand which gives it a much more natural distressed look which makes if you stand directly on the paint you'll probably go back more than you want because it goes back very fast and it's also going to compress the paint. which makes it harder for it to absorb the wax so when you put that on, when you put that wax on and sand and then re-wax, you'll get better results okay let it dry a little bit okay so here there is my piece that has transparent wax.
I want to show you a little bit of dark wax I do caution against using dark wax on your kitchen cabinets if it's something you're going to use a lot if you have young children and you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen the light wax you can I don't see where you start you yourself can't see we're starting to stop you know it's totally transparent your dark wax is going to be a little trickier so if you need to touch up your cabinets for any reason or redo that your dark wax is going to be a little more difficult to do , so if you're not in a kitchen with a lot of use you can fully wax your entire cabinet if you're in a kitchen with a lot of use you're going to want to keep your wax dark also you know here where you're not going to get a lot of wear and tear so my little pro tip for the dark wax it's so dark so dark mr. stavis turistic is using just a little bit of mineral spirits so there is no smell mineral spirits i like to put a little bit in my tin and i will put it directly into my wax tin because i always like my wax to be a little thinner so the I put in there and I'm going to stir this up push it in if you can see what I'm doing, can you see what I'm doing?
I'm looking for a consistency that's like a thick pudding that's ok although this is a soft wax and it's much smoother than paste wax my process is a little different for dark wax even if you use this dark brown or the black. wax you always want to do it over your clear coat because your clear coat is your sealing coat which is the one you need i love it it gives you protection and the dark wax will just give you a patina it won't change the color just age it. kinda you can see that nice consistency now now it's a little looser this is perfect it's a very thick pudding can you tell what it looks like just a nice thick pudding it looks a little shiny err that's perfect i don't want to diminish the wax by playing too many mineral spirits in there and just do Putting a big watery mix in because mineral spirits strips away the wax if we have too much mineral spirits we're going to remove this nice clear protective layer that we have we don't want to do that so just enough to get to this little bit . bright err a little looser it's absolutely perfect perfect perfect so you can absolutely if you want to go in with a little artist brush and you can just highlight the highlights if you just want to get a little bit on the edges and just see how it just paints really well when you have a little mineral spirits there so i still want to work in sections and still have to clean up my excess, your wax is never going to change the color of your paint, that's a mistake.
I see a lot of people want to make it change color wax that still needs to be cleaned up, still needs to keep it thin, so if I'm just working along those edges like that and I get a little bit of wax. here and I didn't want it and I just want it down there h This is the good thing: I can go in with my clear wax and a towel because my towel is absorbent and I can take that and I can wipe off that dark wax. Look how I got the color out and now I have this nice clean line. where I don't have dark wax here you can't do that with frosting you can't do that with stain you can't do that with polyurethane so love love can you do that I'm going to get this little excess out here again so I can really get it right and you see how I left it in the cracks there and pulled it I was able to get it out of that top just fine I can certainly do it all if I want to I'm gonna do it all.
I'm going to use one of my little wax brushes. I really like these pointy ones to do this because again, I'm not going to massage this dark wax into my surface. That's what this guy is for. the clear now i just want it to slide along the surface i want it to be very slippery and i just want to paint it so i'm going to ng to get into my corners and i'm going to slide along my surface like this and then i'm going to grab my towel and I like to clean with the grain on this one to just get that excess off so the other thing I can do as well is if you feel like this is too much you can certainly mix something light and something dark and you can know to create a lighter mix so you're just, you know, giving it a little less patina, a little less aged everything. there's lid I'm going to go back I'm going to wipe off my excess and I notice I'm turning my towel over to make sure I'm getting that out and that I'm not dragging any more out there I like that it can catch that little pimple that's there on the spoke and highlight that really nice grain that was there.
You see it's not so pretty if you decide it's too much again. I can accept that I can take that cloth because the cloth is absorbent with a little bit of clear wax and I can go in and rinse it off. I can take it all off if I want, but if I do it slightly go through it and take it out a bit. I can get that look where it's a little aged but my French linen color is still primary so look at how that can really change the look from the outside to the inside you can get any kind of range like that so I want to show you guys another thing that's really awesome about wax and why i like to use wax over this paint now this paint is unique in that it's actually absorbing this wax so if you use a latex paint or something self sealing paint the wax isn't going to do much because it can't get into it this paint is designed to talk and absorb that's where the name talk paint comes from and it absorbs into that wax and gives you much more of a protective layer so you can do things like i have this cabinet here that we paint and you know life happens crazy things happen so what if your three year old decides to draw a masterpiece on his cabinets with some sharpie marker that is permanent if you have a factory finished cabinet and you have a varnish or a polyurethane that you have used on your cabinets or you know another brand of finishing product that you put in there that sharpie is there and now you will have to strip the finish you will have to use a stripper and when do it it will not only remove the clear coat but it will remove the paint it will take the stain removed and anything else that is in that cabinet so whether you have done a stain a painted finish whatever varnish that is stuck in there it's not going anywhere you'll have to start all over again this is the cool thing about using this wax here's my wax on my towel again look at me removing that marker it's all on my towel on the door of thiscabinet was painted 3-4 weeks ago yeah look that's completely gone i just fixed it in what five seconds five seconds so you know that table you have at home now it had nail polish remover six years ago and it's still there with the tablecloth crooked why not you can show anyone if it had been finished with chalk paint i could have fixed it in five seconds amazing stuff so we would love to hear from you and learn about your kitchen cabinet projects.
If you have any questions about how to make your kitchen cabinets, we are here to help you, you can leave your question. below, whether you find this on our youtube channel or here on facebook, you can absolutely ask us questions below and we'll get back to you. The last step you may want to do with your kitchen cabinets is polishing them and I recommend polishing kitchen cabinets. just because when you buff the wax you actually harden it a bit more Sheen will be more resistant to fingerprints and other marks like that so again I like to use a buffing brush that you can abso Of course use a cloth and you really need to rub very very very vigorously with a cloth to get that shine which is hard to get in the corners and things like that which is why we want to use a wax brush which is why we really like to use these brushes for polishing .
I can go in and in that time get some good money I can get into my crevices I can get this beautiful shine just by rubbing on my surface These are made of horsehair like the idea of a shoe polish brush only that is designed for furniture is smooth , it doesn't scratch and it's all horsehair which does a beautiful job of buffing and not scratching so i can do it can you see that nice shine on there? So now you have this beautiful professional looking finish, this high end one. looking to finish and you've spent a little time a little money and that's just a little bit and you've got this whole new kitchen going great thanks so much for looking today I'll be keeping an eye out for your questions and remember to post your pro projects either on Instagram or Facebook and to make sure you tag in bloom home there and if you really want to make sure your theme use our hashtag paint create bloom all together in one word and every monday we feature a client project and we'll give you $10 to spend in the store if we put you there, so we'd love to see your projects, thanks so much for looking, see you next week.
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