Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kitchen cabs get a grey chalk wash

Well the kitchen painting saga continues....
Just as I was about to go to Lowes and buy the ivory Valspar paint
 to cover all the chalk paint I stopped to read
which featured the color GREY.
Could I really be persuaded by this one image?
Yes I was!
Tina had this Habersham kitchen image in her post.
I am a huge fan of Habersham!
They have that oodles of money but distressed look,
and this kitchen is no exception.
There is a combination of a cream color in an upper cabinet
 that looks wonderful with the distressed grey.
My mind started backtracking....
I could imagine the bottoms in grey, the tops in cream.
The next thing I knew I was in the kitchen on the floor.
With my chalk paint and brush in hand!
However, full strength Paris Grey was too dark for my taste
 so I added about 50% water and
mixed up a batch of grey wash.
 Working very quickly I brushed it all over
 the bottom cabs and then wiped it off with a rag.
I think I was liking it, so I just kept going.
After it dried I sanded lightly to Habbersham it up.
The tricky part was making the wash look the same on all of the cabinets.
Lucky for me I am NOT a perfectionist when it comes to distressing.
Now I realize I can't have perfect white uppers with Habbershammy lowers....
The uppers will get a light sanding on the edges of the paneled centers.
I still have another coat to do on most of the uppers
 but this cabinet shown has two coats.
You can see the sanding dust on the knobs.
The light has been lousy with the cloudy weather.
Someone said the cabs look green, but trust me, they are ivory white.
It is the overhead lighting casting this irky tone,
because Mr. Sun is not in Boston today.
The painting continues, and yes I am still using chalk paint.
Like I said, it you are going to distress, use the chalk paint.
If not, don't.
Enchanted Home blog also showed this kitchen from Country Living
 that I have in my idea files as well.
This is a little too dark and rustic for how I want my kitchen to look,
however I like the general look.
An apron sink and marble counters are on my wish list....
I also found inspiration from this kitchen
Mikey redid this kitchen on a shoestring,
and it is all creams and whites with open shelving and vintage brackets.
I find it so appealing.
Paris Grey wash over Old White on bottom cabinets.
The journey continues.

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  1. I just LOVE Annie's paints!! (I've been considering selling them in my shop...) :)

    You did a FABULOUS job with your cabinets!! Lovely!!


  2. LOOKS AMAZING !!! i love the gray !! Have a Great Day !!

  3. I hope that chalk paint holds up on your cabinets. You know you are supposed to wax before sanding. It love the look and the inspiration pics.

  4. I did not know I was supposed to wax before sanding Kim!! Learning something new everyday...

    1. I think you r to wax AFTER sanding if u want to wax. Using an sealing of some kind w all work too if you did not want to remove the wax to repaint down the road

  5. Thank you thank you thank you for the feature! I love what you're doing with the Chalk Paint! I'm having an impossible time finding it. Can you tell me where you got it?

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  6. "The most unique aspect of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint is that you can paint directly over varnished and waxed furniture. No need to prime, sand, strip or prepare the piece prior to painting. It is truly amazing and a wonderful paint to use. We always recommend that you seal your piece with Hannant's Clear Wax after painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to seal prior to using the darker wax, always. This is recommended by Annie and was taught in her workshops, even when using graphite colored paint."
    The above remarks come from Classic Wall Finishes in NH which is a vendor of Annie Sloane chalk paint. I will keep looking for the instructions on sanding and wax application.

  7. I'm enjoying your journey and learning a lot. I love gray and saw it used often when I was in Paris. It has a very sophisticated look. You have a beautiful kitchen and I love your style!
    Can't wait to see how things turn out today.

  8. This information was also located on the website of Classic Wall Finishes:
    • Use one color or layer on colors
    • Distress and apply waxes to create an old world patina
    • Can be used as a wash- dilute with water so when you apply paint it shows the wood grain

  9. Amy I am lovin them, can't wait to see the end results! Martina

  10. The island in our new place is gray with a white glaze. The remaining cabinets are white. It will all be tied together with carrara marble countertops everywhere. We move in three weeks. Can't wait for the big reveal.

  11. You know, I think I really like the gray wash on the lower cabinets! It really gives it a lot more visual interest! Pretty!~Hugs, Patti

  12. Wow! You've put a twist on things but I'm loving it. You are so brave for tackling all that. It's fun watching the process. I'd be a nervous wreck trying to figure all that out. Thanks for being our paint guide!

  13. OOh Kim, the cabinets are looking good!!


  14. Looking good. I am hearing so much about the chalk paint, may have to give it a try because I love distressed pieces.

  15. Amy- OH MY GOSH, GIRL! It looks wonderful...like something right out of a magazine. I love Habersham too...always have. You did a really good job. I have not tried the chalk paints yet...but need to! Have a great day and rest up after all your hard work! xxoo Diana

  16. Amy, well your cabinets are looking better than mine... that chalk paint is way cool... I wish I would have done it...


  17. Amy loving the distressed look! Beautiful! judy

  18. Thank you for the mention an you are amazing!! I just love how you have an idea and DO it, no talkking, thinking, brooding with you...noooooo, you just roll up your sleeves, run to the paint store and go for it...and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the end result. Gray rocks...and it looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  19. Looks great! What's you plan for the counter tops? I know you have one, lol!


  20. oooo, that is looking good!!!!!

  21. Beautiful, Amy. You really are doing a wonderful job!


  22. Amy, your cabinets are AMAZING! I love the fact that you did your lower cabs in the grey wash.... what a difference that finish makes as compared to keeping the all white look (especially seen in your fourth and eighth pics). You knocked it out of the park, sister. :)


  23. I thought they looked great before! They are going to be fabulous!!!!!

  24. I love what you're doing. It looks fantastic. I am looking forward to the end result. x Sharon

  25. I love this Amy!!!!! It is going to look gorgeous!
    I also loved yesterdays post on what you did with the brackets!

  26. I love that Habersham kitchen and I think that is the perfect way to go. So far I love how the gray is looking and the iron brackets look great above the sink. I have three big iron brackets that I've wanted to add to my kitchen forever....but I feel I really need four of them...and so that has stalled me. I keep hoping I'll find a fourth that matches but it's been like four years now and still have not found one. I even have them sitting out on my counter waiting for me to paint them. I need to get back on my own kitchen project I'v had planned for months. I need some of your enthusiasm. I can't wait to see how your's all turns out.

  27. These cabinets look amazing!! I want to do something with my oak cabinets. They need help!!

  28. Oooh, I can't wait to see what's next! How it looks when it's done... I really like it and I'm with you - I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to distressing! It looks fabulous, keep up the good work!


  29. Gosh, I am loving the way this is looking!!!! Great job! Lots of work!! :0) Wanna come do mine?

    Happy WW!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  30. When you are done, you are gonna be SO happy girl!

    Love it,

  31. You are one brave soul! I am itching to paint my cabinets, but break out in hives just thinking about it.
    You are doing a fabulous job and I can't wait to see the finished results.
    I'm your newest follower

  32. First time here. We play with paint all the time but have never used the chalk paint. I'm off to get some. this is looking great. Just like you, I was crazy for the Habersham picture . The mixture of the grey and cream is awesome.

  33. LOVE your cabinets!
    I must get some of that paint!!
    So happy I stopped by!

  34. oh, I am so glad you are the guinea pig! ;) I was emailing Miss Mustard Seed on the chalk paint asking what she thought of it for cabinets- durability, paintability, etc. I too read the same as you on the "just go ahead and paint" on the vendor website. What do you think? I was just going to TSP the cabinets and then go for it. Do you not think it can be painted and left alone without distressing?? hmmm.... let me know how it goes! Can't wait to see the results!

  35. Oh Girl I am lovin' your journey. Painting my kitchen cabinets is on my list. Think I'll get some chalk paint and do a little experimenting on some furniture.


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