Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Waxed Kitchen Cabinets – 6 Month Review

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. 

Kitchen B and A

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.

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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 shabbygraceblog@gmail.com.

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57 thoughts on “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Waxed Kitchen Cabinets – 6 Month Review

  1. They look amazing. We redid and painted the cabinets in our last house a few years ago, but before I had heard of Annie Sloan and waxing. We loved ours too, but I bet waxing them would have been even better! What a great decision and so happy it turned out for you. This is great info!

  2. I love your kitchen!!! My dream is for a white kitchen. We have a builder-grade boring kitchen, that is in desperate need of a facelift. Thanks for sharing what you did with your cabinets. Pinning for the future when I take on our kitchen cabinets!

    1. Thanks for reading Erin. Oh, the builder grade everything. I know so well! Slowly changing one thing at a time. Thanks for pinning and lemme know if you have any questions when you take on those cabinets!

  3. That is quite a change! I like the way you describe the wax. When we did our floors the polyurethane smelled so toxic and the smell lasted a long time. Also they were almost TOO shiny. Your cabinets look great!

  4. Wow!!! Your kitchen looks amazing I can’t believe the difference. I love the way the cabinets turned out. I am glad I read your post thoroughly. I have been wondering about the wax versus polyurethane. Pinned!!!!

  5. I have paint colors all picked out to paint my cupboards and this has motivated me even more to paint them! I’ve thought about chalk paint but surprisingly have never used it! It makes me nervous to try on such a huge project but I love how yours turned out! I may have to reconsider!

    1. Oh Ruthie! I love my results. I would consider it. I know it’s a huge project and pretty intimidating. Our bathroom has the same cabinets as the kitchen so that was my “Test” cabinet! Maybe you could do a bathroom one first and see how you like it? Also, play around with some chalk paint. It’s so much fun. Thanks for reading.

  6. Looks great! Where did you find an AS cabinet painting class? Also wondering what kind of paint brushes or rollers you used. Thanks!

    1. Hi Megan! Thanks for stopping by and reaching out. I used good Purdy brushes, no rollers. I would go to the Annie Sloan website and look for retailers near you that sell it. Then go to their sites or call and see if they offer classes! Any other questions, please ask!

    1. Thank you SO much Stephanie! I used “Old White.” I was torn between Old White and Pure White and I happy with my decision. I feel like the Old White is more farmhouse “white.” Any other questions, please let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I am dying to paint our solid oak cabinets. Someone told me yesterday about using annie sloan chalk paint. Crazy to see it today in first pin I saw. This really motivates me to take the plunge. I’m still nervous though. How long did the cabinets take you to finish? You may have already stated that in a previous note — I just didn’t read them all. Thanks for this post. Your cabinets look great. OH! And I’m assuming you didn’t prime first? Did you? How many coats of paint did your cabinets take? Thanks again.

    1. Wow, funny how things work out! I was so nervous too but I don’t regret it ONE bit! I painted/worked on these from morning to night for 4 days! I seriously did nothing else all day, my mom helped with our daughter. I did not prime, just clean them really good with TSP! That’s the biggest thing, clean them! I did two coats but regret not doing three. Especially if yours are oak, I think you will need to do three coats. I believe I used 4-5 cans of paint. Any other questions, e-mail me! shabbygraceblog@gmail.com. I’d love to help! You can do it!!!! 🙂

  8. I love chalk paint. Have transformed many pieces and love how they look. Kitchen cabinets are next on my list. Would love to know how many coats of wax you applied? Did you apply any wax in between coats of chalk paint?

    1. I only applied one coat of wax and non in between. It’s been a year and they do not appear that they need another coat of wax yet. I think it depends on what people clean their pieces with. If chemicals are used, the wax will wear easily. I only use warm water and mild dish soap to clean them!

  9. I’m getting ready to do my kitchen in white too but I’m going to start small with our bathroom. I also can’t decide between old white and pure white either. The pure white seems a bit too modern.
    I was wondering about the steps you took for painting. Do you let the paint dry in between coats? Do you sand in between coats? I’m also worried about the cabinets above the stove. Will the wax be affected by the steam and grease from cooking or the steam from showers? After waxing do you sand? Is sanding just for making the cabinet look distressed?
    I also want to do the kitchen table. Do you think the wax will stand up to daily use by two rough kids?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Elle! Thanks for stopping by! It’s a good idea to start with a bathroom cabinet, that is what I did for my “practice round.” I couldn’t decided between old and pure white either. I actually bought pure white then went back and got old! To me, the old white is more “Farmhouse” and “Timeless” but again, that’s my opinion. Yes, I let the paint dry between coats, I did not sand in between coats. I did sand after the final coat. The cabinets above the stove have done well, no issues there! And I don’t need another coat of wax either, yet. Steam from the shower, I have no experience with as I did our half bath. But the cabinets by our dishwasher are still great and even by our coffee pot where steams comes out have no issues. I didn’t no sand after waxing, just buffed them with a buffing brush after 24 hours. I sanded to distress them and to make then more overall smooth. For the kitchen table, I wouldn’t use wax, personally. I would use poly! Hope that helps!

  10. Looks great! Do you have a lot of brush marks in the cabinets? I’m thinking of redoing my dining table and chairs in ASCP, but am trying to decide between spraying or brushing.

    1. Hi Jana! I do have brush strokes but I like that! They aren’t very noticeable because I sanded the whole surface after painting but they are there! Happy painting and good luck with your table!

  11. Thanks for sharing. Your cabinets looks gorgeous! I love Annie Sloan paint and use it all the time for my business. It’s great because you have no sanding or priming before you paint. All I do is wash the cabinets clean from the grime or grease, and than I start painting.
    So glad to see how much others love Annie Sloan.
    Tracie Workman
    www. Newcabinetrevival.com

  12. I painted my kitchen cabinets a couple of years ago black paint from Home Depot. They still look good but I do get chipping around the handles. I want to change the color to gray. Can I use Annie Sloan paint over black paint? The cabinets were originally builders grade oak they came out great with the black but was disappointed with the chipping. Thank you 🙂

  13. How many coats of paint did you use and did you just use jusr one coat of wax? I have 2 coats of French Linen on my cabinets right now. I am trying to decide if I should do a third coat. I am so glad you posted this because I was worried about the wax and having to recoat it often.

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