Some of you might already know, I painted our kitchen cabinets. The decision lingered for many months. I was scared! The hubs was scared. I’m here to tell you, I don’t regret it nor do I regret what I used to complete the task.
My initial post, My Shabby Cabs, can give you more detail on what I did.
The Kitchen Reveal, will show you the whole kitchen, completely finished. It’s worth the click.
The biggest struggle I had when completing this project was deciding what to use as my sealer. The cabinet painting class I completed was taught by someone who was trained by Annie Sloan. The class instructed us to use wax as the sealer for our cabinets. I was nervous and unsure. If you ask around, you will get many different opinions. I finally gave up on asking for advice and did what I felt was best. I WAXED them. The other most popular option I received was to use Polyurethane.
Polyurethane, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a type of plastic that is used to make various products and especially to make a clear liquid that is spread on a surface (such as a wooden floor) and that becomes hard when it dries.
Annie Sloan Wax, according to the Annie Sloan website, is applied after painting to achieve a subtle sheen as well as protection and durability. Made with a combination of natural carnauba (vegetable wax obtained from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree) and beeswax, the wax is the consistency of soft margarine so it is easy to apply, is completely colourless and has very little odour. It is water-repellent too, so can be used on dining room tables and kitchens.
Honestly, I was worried my cabinets, being white, would yellow with polyurethane. I love that the wax is made from natural carnauba and beeswax. The wax has a slight smell, but not overwhelming like polyurethane. These two were both winners for me. I also already used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax on other pieces and was very happy with the results.
I’m writing this because many people, online and in person, ask about our cabinets. How did you do it? What did you use? They always seem to be shocked when I tell them that I waxed them.
I’m not here to say that one is better than the other, just simply stating that I used wax and am satisfied with the results.
Since they have been painted, I only wipe them down with mild soap and water. The cabinets by the dishwasher (lots of water from moving dishes from the sink to dishwasher) have no wear or tear. The wax repels the water. I do not have one complaint about the cabinet’s durability. Also, they look nice.
Since I painted the cabinets first, before our major renovations, there were some shoes markings (black) from the gentlemen working in the kitchen. These were mainly found on the bottom trim and were easily removed with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
I hope this information is helpful for anyone thinking of completing their kitchen cabinets. What a MAJOR difference it makes, especially for the low expense! Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you below or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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