When it comes to paint colors and paint products, I've pretty much tried them all. In yesterday's post, I revealed my top 10 ways to update your kitchen using paint, and hinted that I had stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried some new paint products. Today, I'll tell you all the products I used, just in case you want to try out any of my ideas in your own kitchen. This isn't a sponsored post. This is just a post about products I actually use and love.
So, let's get started with the paint colors and the product breakdown.
In yesterday's post, I talked about how I painted my kitchen cabinets a pretty white. Here are the cabinets after being painted my favorite shade of soft white.
For my cabinets, I had the awesome paint-dudes at Home Depot help me blend a custom color. Here are the exact specifications. You can take this info/picture to any paint store and they will be able to make it. I had it mixed in Behr paint, and in a semi-gloss finish. I prefer semi-gloss for most of my cabinetry paint.
It's easy to clean and durable.
I primed my cabinets before I painted them, using KILZ primer. By priming cabinets first, your paint will adhere better to the cabinets and last much longer.
Here's the info for my cabinet color:
Since the insides of my cabinets looked like this when we moved in (GROSS.),
I decided to get creative, and I painted the insides of each door with Chalkboard paint.
For the chalkboard doors, I used one of my favorite products on the planet. Ever. I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. I've used several different kinds, and this is my absolute favorite. It's so amazing. You just paint it on pretty much any surface and you instantly have a chalkboard!
I used the same chalkboard paint on my chalkboard accent wall in the corner of the kitchen.
Here's a really cool trick I learned, too. Rather than use plain old chalk (which I also use), if you want to draw or write easily, use a bistro chalk pen. This thing is amazing. It writes just like a pen. It was $4 at Joann's Fabric Store.
Let's talk chairs. I decided to make my white thrift store chairs look like metal industrial chairs.
They turned out really great, and I love the way they look.
The spray paint was the crucial ingredient in making these chairs look so great. I used Rust-Oleum Titanium Silver spray paint. It's a bit more expensive than standard spray paint, but it results in a really realistic metallic finish. Seriously, I've used every silver spray paint out there. This is my fave.
I also used the titanium silver spray paint on this mirror. (Tip: Rub some black paint in the grooves of any ornate mirror first and let dry. Then spray with the silver spray paint. If you just do one coat, the silver won't get in all the grooves, and you'll be left with an aged, dimensional finish.)
Now, let's talk wall paint and trim paint. (For the specifics of how to paint trim, you can go here.) When I paint my trim, I always use Behr Ultra Pure White in a semi gloss finish or a satin finish. Either works...I just switch it up sometimes.
Here's a picture of the look-through bar in my kitchen. You can see the white trim. I love the ultra-pure white because it has zero amounts of any other color. That way when you paint your walls, the color really pops against the pure white.
See how gorgeous the wall color looks against the trim? I love it. That's a brand new paint job in our kitchen, too. I used a cool greige. It's my new favorite greige paint...the perfect blend of beige and gray.
The kitchen used to be a warm beige, and after awhile it started to wear on me. Here is a picture of the original wallcolor right after I brushed some of the new paint color on. You can really see the difference when they're right next to each other.
I won't lead you on any longer.....here is my favorite greige!
It's Behr Mineral. I've tried so many different beiges and grays, and this is handsdown my fave.
I actually had it mixed in Glidden (it's a cheaper paint and I was on a tight budget...womp, womp), so here's a pic of the exact specifications in case you don't have Behr paint sold near you (or if you're ridiculously cheap like me). Again, you can take the below info to any paint store, and they will be able to mix it for you there.
Also, just in case you don't know, I always get my wall paint in a 'flat' finish. Flat paint is ideal for walls because it doesn't reflect any light, and hides any minor imperfections.
Here's the next awesome product that I use. When I first shared it with you in this post, ya'll freaked. And I don't blame you....the results are absolutely awesome.
Basically, I have tile floors in my kitchen and all 3 bathrooms. The tile is in great condition, but the grout was disgusting. So, I did some research online and discovered that you could paint your grout.
Not with just any old paint....you have to use grout paint.
I used Polyblend Grout renew and a toothbrush as an applicator. For more details you can go here.
The last product I have to tell you about today was a total gamechanger for me. I've been annoyed by the outdated tile on my bar area for nearly 3 years. It drove me nuts.
It screamed 'I'M FROM THE 1980'S!!!' every time I walked by it.
I recently shut-it-up when I discovered that I could paint it with a special tile paint.
Here is the finished result.
It's durable, beautiful, and looks like porcelain tile now. I love it.
I tell you all about how I did it in this post. (full step by step quick tutorial...check it out for details!)
It's called Homax Tough Tile Tub & Sink Refinishing Kit. It can also be used for revamping your tub or sink , but I thought I would try it on my tile.
I'm so glad I did.
It comes with several components and is a multiple-step process.
You can find it at Home Depot. It's $36 and worth every penny.
I used about 1/10 of the container on my tile countertop.
Maybe my yucky basement bathroom will benefit from the leftovers. :)
That's all for today! I hope I've left you with some good ideas and good recommendations for which products and paint colors to use!
Don't forget to pin this picture so you'll have this info when you need it!
Hope you'll stop by again soon!