CHALK PAINT VS. LATEX PAINT FOR KITCHEN CABINETS – DIY FARMHOUSE KITCHEN SERIES #1

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Renovating your farmhouse kitchen by yourself is a no-joke project. Today, we’re talking about the kitchen cabinet renovation aspect – that is, repainting.

Well, for this, we found out that the best paint types are chalk paints and latex paints.

In this post, we’ll see the advantages and disadvantages of both types of paint.

You want your kitchen cabinets to look GOOD.  You can’t just slop the paint on and hope for the best.  

That’s why its really important to choose the right paint for the project at the outset.  

If you plan on tackling the major undertaking of updating your kitchen cabinets yourself, your choice of paint can make or break your project.

Today I am going to review some of the pros and cons of two of the more commonly used types of paint for cabinets, and share one girl’s opinion on the best paint for the job.  

I am not a professional painter, but I have done more than my fair share of painting in this DIY life, of everything from walls to furniture, to decor, and now cabinets, and have used both chalk paint and latex paint extensively.

LATEX PAINT

Latex paints are the go-to for many kitchen and interior decorators.

The latex paint offers many advantages, but also disadvantages that have to be weighed against each other.

But first, do you live in a rented apartment? Be sure to discuss your project with the landlord in advance, as it is usually a glossy color and it is difficult to remove it without leaving any residue.

Pros

– Latex paints are durable and elastic. They’re suitable for walls that are subject to heavy use.

– They are breathable and water-resistant at the same time. The paints are ideal for cabinets that are regularly exposed to moisture and humidity.

– There is a large selection of colors. The color is available in many tones and can also be colored in the same color.

– Latex paints are also easy to use. Latex paint can be applied very thin. The paint can be used on any surface and is free from solvents.

Cons 

– Latex paint cannot be painted over with normal emulsion paint, because the glossier the paint, the more time-consuming it is to remove.

– The paint must always be sanded before repainting.

– The use of latex paint must be discussed with the landlord, as many landlords do not tolerate the paint because removing it is time-consuming and costly.

– Latex paint does not take that well to sanding, especially if it’s not 1000% dry.  Even then, it just doesn’t look that great once its been sanded.  It seems to hold on to the marks of the sand paper or something.  

If you use a product like Floetrol Latex Paint Additive mixed in your paint, you shouldn’t need to do a lot of sanding, but you may still need to do a little.

CHALK PAINT

Chalk paint is arguably one of the best choices for redecorating or renovating the kitchen.

Many people are totally in love with kitchen cupboards painted with this type of paint.

Chalk paint was designed by  Annie Sloan and is perfect for painting furniture.

The paint has been specially composed so that there is no need to sand or apply a primer to the surface. 

Pros 

– First of all, the first good reason to choose this paint is its matte finish. This creates a very nice weathered effect and gives the furniture a superb antique look. Of course, if you prefer a glossier finish, you can apply a satin finish for a more contemporary style. However, in this case, it is better to change the type of paint altogether. 

– Another great advantage of this type of painting is that you won’t have to go through a long preparation phase. Sanding is only required if your kitchen furniture is really in bad shape; otherwise, forget about sanding! Chalk paint does not require the application of a primer either.

– With two coats of chalk paint, you will have perfectly painted kitchen cabinets, without brush marks.

– You will get satisfactory results in both cases; however, choose your tool based on the effect you would like to create.

– Although it is a rather special paint, chalk paint comes in many different colors; from earthy tones to pastel colors, through neutral colors. Choose the color according to your tastes and the decoration of your kitchen.

Cons 

– Chalk paint chips easily 

– Sanding chalk paint can get very messy

Conclusion

Have painted your kitchen cabinets?  If so, what kind of paint did you use?For more painting tips and ideas, check out my Pinterest board called “Painting”Follow ‘s board Painting on Pinterest.

As you can see, latex paint may be the option if you want a durable paint finish. Chalk paint may chip faster and is not as durable as latex.

But there’s no special preparation needed for repainting chalk paint.

However, with latex, the repainting process can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly as you have to remove the former layer.I hope you found this post helpful today.

Have a super-duper creation!

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