Transform a Cabinet with Velvety Smooth Chalked Paint


Article Posted By: Rust-Oleum

Transform a Cabinet with Velvety-Smooth Chalked Paint
In this project, we gave a chateau cabinet a completely new look with Chalked Ultra Matte Paint. This paint’s velvety-smooth finish is unlike any other, making it easy to transform this cabinet into a stunning focal point in your home.

Materials Needed for Chalked Paint Project


Before You Start
Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves while painting. If you’re using Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint, we also recommend wearing a respirator mask–especially when spraying in a confined space, like your garage. Make sure your cabinet is completely free of any dirt or dust before you begin painting.

Step 1: Use a Drop Cloth

Laying out drop cloth for chalked paint project
To get started, spread out a drop cloth to protect your workspace from paint.

Step 2: Remove Doors, Drawers, and Hardware

Removing hardware from a cabinet

Use a screwdriver to remove all hardware and doors from the cabinet. This will make it easier to paint.

Step 3: Stir the Chalked Paint

Stirring chalked paint before use

Use a stir stick to thoroughly stir your chalked paint. If you’re using Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint, shake the can for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle.

Step 4: Apply the Paint

Applying chalked paint to a cabinet door

Apply up to three even coats of paint to the cabinet, allowing 30 minutes in between each coat. Always brush in the direction of the wood grain.

Once you’re finished with your last coat, let the paint dry for four hours before moving on to the next step.

Using chalked spray paint

If you’re using Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint, hold the can 10-12 in. away from the cabinet, and spray two or more light coats in a sweeping motion. Allow a few minutes in between each coat. Let the paint dry for four hours.

TIP: Want to give your cabinet a shabby chic look? You can easily distress chalked paint with medium grit sandpaper for a gorgeously aged finish. Just wait for your paint to dry for at least four hours, then follow the directions on the label to distress.

Step 5: Stir Chalked Protective Topcoat

Stirring chalked paint topcoat before use

Now that the paint is dry, open your Chalked Protective Topcoat and use a clean stir stick to stir it thoroughly.

Step 6: Apply Chalked Protective Topcoat

Applying chalked paint topcoat

Next, apply up to two even coats of Chalked Protective Topcoat to the cabinet. Brush the topcoat on with light, even strokes, and be careful not to over brush it.

Allow 30 minutes between coats.

TIP: If you prefer spray paint, this chalked paint also comes in a Protective Topcoat Spray that you can apply in the same way as Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Step 4.

Step 7: Let the Topcoat Dry

The Protective Topcoat will dry clear in about four hours.

Transform a Cabinet with Velvety-Smooth Chalked Paint

Transform a Cabinet with Velvety-Smooth Chalked Paint

Once your cabinet is completely dry, replace the doors and hardware.

Now that your beautiful new matte finish cabinet is complete, it’s time to accessorize! You can get our look by adding a glass vase painted with Mirror Finish, Chalked picture frames in Charcoal, and a decorative bowl spray painted with Universal Metallic in Aged Copper.

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