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How to Paint Wood Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Looking to update your kitchen on a budget? Learn how to paint wood cabinets with chalk paint. It’s a budget-friendly remodel that is easy to do and totally worth the effort! Learn how to do it here.
Prep Time7 d
Active Time7 d
Total Time14 d
Cost: 500


  • 1 Step Stool
  • 1 cordless drill
  • 1 Painters tape roll


  • 1 Bottle Degreaser
  • 1 Fine grit sandpaper
  • 1 Sanding Block
  • 8 cans Chalk Paint How much you get depends on kitchen size
  • 3 Chalk Paint Brushes different sizes
  • 1 can Polycrylic
  • 1 package Painter Pyramid Stands
  • 2 Foam brushes 1" and 2"


  • Remove doors from cabinets. Mark each door so you know where to put it back when you re-hang them.
  • If you have external hinges like we have, set them aside. Our hinges were brass, so we sprayed them with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
  • Remove items from cabinets if you do not want to risk getting paint on anything.
  • Tape any areas you do not want to hit with paint.
  • Wash and de-grease all cabinets and doors well.
  • While you don't need to pre-sand, you can if you want to scuff up the surface so it takes the paint better. I did not pre-sand.
  • Paint all the cabinet bases first, then do the doors.
  • Allow to dry for 24 hours. Apply 2nd and 3rd coats if needed.
  • If distressing cabinets, sand lightly using fine grit sandpaper around the edges where there would be natural wear and tear.
  • After distressing, it is time to apply the top coat with polycrylic to protect the color. Follow the directions on the label.
  • Before putting the doors back on, spray the hinges if you want to refinish them or use new ones.
  • Re-hang doors.