How To Paint Cabinets With Chalk Paint | ORC Week 4

Hi friends, thanks for stopping by for week four of the One Room Challenge! I am super excited to team up with Rust-Oleum to share with you how easy it is to transform your dated cabinets in only a few simple steps using their Chalked Paint.

Since our little cottage belonged to my husband’s grandparents I knew I wanted to keep as many vintage details as I could, including the original wood cabinets. They were still in great shape, but we knew the dated brown paint had to go.  I was thrilled when  Rust-Oleum sent us their Chalked Ultra Matte Paint. Not only does the Chalked paint have amazing coverage, we were able to use this product WITHOUT sanding our cabinets! This was a huge time saver since we still had quite a few projects to finish in this space.

You can see more of the before space here. 

After we replaced the counter-tops and installed our Farmhouse Sink, we were able to work on the cabinets. To start we removed the doors and scrubbed everything with a strong cleaner to remove any dirt and grease.  Since we didn’t sand them down it was very important to make sure they where clean before we started painting. After we applied the first coat we waited until it was dry to the touch to begin the second. Chalk paint dries very fast so by the time we finished we were able to start the second coat. We did decided to let the paint dry over night before applying the protective top coat, but you can wait an hour or so to apply it.  Overall we painted the cabinets with two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint and one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat. 

How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets The Easy Way


Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint

Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat

Heavy Duty Cleaner

Paint Brushes

Painters Tape

Start by Removing cabinet doors. Make sure to keep the hardware safe if you plan to reuse it!

Clean all areas you plan to paint.

Once dry, apply painters tape to any areas needed. (We didn’t use any since we still needed to paint the surrounding areas.)

Apply first coat. Let dry 30 minutes or until dry to touch.  The first coat may start to absorb in the wood, but don’t worry the second coat will cover any imperfections, leaving you with a nice and even coat.


Apply second coat and let completely dry.  The paint is an ultra matte finish so will not be shiny once it’s dry. You can paint a third coat if needed.

Apply the protective top coat. Waiting  2-3 hours between coats if you choose to apply another coat. (The tops cabinets are still wet in the photo below.)

After everything is dry, reattach your doors and hardware.

This was such an easy update but completely transformed our space, I cant wait to share more of this space with you next week!

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