I enjoy a clean kitchen, and a Black and White Kitchen Makeover is a timeless choice. I originally wrote this post many years ago when my children were younger, and we could enjoy school breaks! Those breaks are long gone, but I am thrilled to say my Black and White Kitchen Cabinets still look almost brand new ten years later!
Last weekend, I finally completed the beast that had been on my back for some time. I painted my cupboards and island several years ago, but like many early projects, we see where improvements could be made with time and improvement of skills. It was my goal to finish the kitchen this summer, and I almost made it. (My kids are back in school, so summer ended for us).
I didn’t take too many “before pictures” because I think I was just anxious to move on with the project, but here is the general feel:
I originally painted the kitchen cabinets, Antique White, with a Tobacco Brown glaze over the top. The initial painting was entirely long before Debi’s Design Diary Chalk and Clay Paint came into my life, or for that matter, chalk paint even existed.
I did not have it within my budget to replace the knobs. I waited until I could find what I wanted at the right price….fast forward three years. I not only found the knobs, but I also found the paint I wanted!
One of the drawer fronts had broken, and we had a cabinet maker replace it, never quite got around to painting it to match. Yikes!
This was my island, I loved the cheery yellow, but the more color I put in my home, the less I like it in my kitchen. I was longing for a more neutral pallet and something more distinct.
Yes, drawer broken here too….Ah, petits garons
It dawned on my to take a picture of the front, when I started the prep. This is always my first step in painting cabs. Putting the paper down. (After the TSP cleaning).
Along the way, a happy accident occurred. I removed all the cabinet doors and drawers, stripped them and thoroughly cleaned them. My plan was to do the island in black and the lower cabs, and the uppers in cream. I had planned on the entire project going quickly because I was using my HVLP sprayer.
The day I was all set to begin, I kid you not! I was cleaning my gun outside (something I now do not recommend), a little teeny weeny part of the tip got lost somehow. After fruitlessly digging through dirt, I gave up and started calling around. NO ONE had my tip in stock. NO ONE. There was at least a 2 week turn around from everyone,
Using a Paint Sprayer or a Brushing and Rolling Paint
I had a project to finish and decided to try a different take. I realized from earlier projects that Chalk paint mixes very happily with my beloved Modern Masters Paints. The Old White is the exact same color as the “Basic White” from Modern Masters. By thinning the Chalkpaint with another high quality paint, I was able to stretch it for my whole kitchen. However, now this must be done by hand………
About two coats of the black and three of the white was all it took. I highly recommend sanding with a 220 grit between coats, and finishing with a 400 grit to get a perfect finish. The wonderful thing about chalk paint, is it is so soft when it is sanded smooth!
How to Top Coat Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Now for the labor intensive part. Instead of going with a poly finish, I went with a hand waxed finish, on, the whole “ball of wax”! (or kitchen in this case)
I love the contrast with the butcher block counter. Maybe it is inspiring my children to do more homework??
A friend of mine painted that saying on the island many years ago, it represents my Scottish ancestry
Before, the cream was washing out my granite counter tops, and farm house sink, now they pop!
Adding a Chalkboard Panel to your Black and White Kitchen
This is the pantry area. The chalkboard panel was there before, but now just looks refreshed.
I love the contrast between the cream and black.
Adding a Painted Black Island to a Black and White Kitchen
I love how long the Black Kitchen Island is. We love to entertain and there is plenty of room for everyone.
I was hosting my August book club meeting, where I make a large brunch. Having a kitchen ripped apart was just not for me, so I had some motivation to finish!
It was the best happy accident I have had. I could not be more pleased with the results, and feel like this was how they were meant to be all along. I love my Black and White Kitchen!