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When we first moved into our house the thing that drove me up a wall most was our kitchen door. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so having to stare at it all the time drove me crazy. The door was poorly painted and it was all chipping off. It was time to “pretty” that 60 year old door up again. I knew I wanted something different. I grew up in a house that had every wall painted white, so frankly I’m sick of it. I recently had the opportunity of trying FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk and I knew it would be perfect for the job. FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk is currently available in 16 vibrant, rich colors and clear and antique wax.
For the door makeover I needed a few essential tools:
I needed a paintbrush (I used the larger one for the door and the small one for the other projects), FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk in the colors Java, Castle, and Cascade. FolkArt® Home Decor™ Wax in both clear and antique (I only used clear on the door, antique was used in the projects below), sand paper, and painters tape.
To begin my kitchen door makeover I first stripped off the paint. This step is not necessary, however I wanted a smooth surface and with the chipped paint I knew it would be impossible to achieve.
Next I painted my base coat. I decided on the color Java for this step. When painting make sure you’re painting with the grain.
To get the final color I was looking for I knew I needed to add an extra layer between the Java and the Cascade. I decided to paint a layer of castle, which is absolutely beautiful by the way. I was almost tempted to change my mind about the blue but I knew I would regret it.
When it was dry I next added a layer of the Cascade. I bet you can’t guess where my color inspiration came from.
(hint: the object is in the first “after” picture 😉 )
Next I lightly sanded the whole door color (focusing on the details of the door) to give it a slightly distressed look. By sanding the layered paint, the colors start to show through. I also added a clear coat of wax after wiping off the excess sanded down paint with a lint free cloth.
At first I panicked after sanding, but I think the door ended coming out beautifully.
Take a look at the final product. I am absolutely swoon! The before & after is like night and day.
Check out these other projects I made over with FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk. I just love ultra matte chalk finish it provides.
I knew I had to get rid of the red on the menu board after painting our door a shade of blue. The colors don’t exactly look pretty together. I’m still debating whether or not I want to go back and paint the letters in the word “week.”
Some other things in my kitchen that needed spruced up were our eat sign, ingredient jars, and our flatware holder.
I really love the way the “Eat” sign turned out. The FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk is perfect for layering, which help me achieved this look.
The colored lids on my ingredient and my flatware holder really give it the extra “pop” that they needed.
I can’t wait to get back to baking in my newly “updated” kitchen 🙂
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