I am really excited to share this kitchen with you! I get a lot of requests for kitchens of a different color… (meaning not white) And I love the transformation of this kitchen from light maple to dark chocolate !
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Hi my name is Andrea. I am a wife and a mom on a mission to create a beautiful home for my family. We recently moved into a bigger house with more space. We are loving all the space but it will be challenging decorating it and keeping within our budget. We are doing as much DIY as possible to make this house our home.
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Dark Chocolate Painted Cabinets
First remove all the doors and drawers from the frame. I laid the doors out in the garage and kept the drawers inside. The kit comes with a deglosser that takes the finish off the fronts. You want to take as much shine off as possible for the base coat to adhere well. The kit comes with scrub pads but I bought more since we used the previous ones in the bathroom.
During this step I also filled all the nail holes with nail filler since I was changing the hardware.
The next step is the base coat. I wanted the backs of the doors painted as well so I started with the back. Apply first coat and allow to dry a couple hours before applying the second coat. After the backs are dry, flip and repeat first and second coats on the fronts.
I removed the drawers and sat them on the counter. I just allowed the face to hand over the counter so I could apply to all sides. Since I still had to feed the family during the week, I placed the drawers back in the frame and just left them pulled them out slightly they could dry. You can see where I did this on the drawers along the window side.
The next step is the optional glaze. The glaze makes the paint a little darker and allows you to add a wood tone to the finish instead of just the brown paint.
Here's the brown paint dry.
Using the supplied cloths, wipe away as much glaze as you like to create the look you want. I wanted the cabinets darker so I left more glaze on and the wood tone looks deeper. Allow the glaze to dry 12 hours before applying the final clear coat.