Kitchen Blah to Kitchen Ta-Da!


Sarah from Hilltop Florist transformed her once-drab kitchen into a modern masterpiece with Lazy Linen, Liquorice, and Clear Coat!

I purchased my first home in July 2016 and immediately got to work on the kitchen. And by immediately, I mean I replaced the appliances the day I moved in. (Talk about a stressful day!) The kitchen was just fine by most standards, but not mine. It didn’t have that spark, that something special, that WOW factor. Besides replacing the appliances, adding back splash, changing lighting, new counter tops and sink I knew I wanted to change the cabinets. Being on a limited budget, replacing them was out of the question. Along came Country Chic Paint. Deciding to use Country Chic Paint was a no-brainer but now picking a color that was a different story…

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I finally decided on the color Liquorice for the island and lower cabinets and Lazy Linen for the upper cabinets. I wanted the kitchen to be bold and have style and I felt that one color for the cabinets just wouldn’t give it that “cool” factor.

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Step one was to prime the cabinets, I removed all the hardware and doors and cleaned them with a mild soap and water. After a thorough cleaning (you want to make sure and remove any grease, dust or dirt) I started to paint on a primer. I used 2 coats of grey colored primer under the Liquorice and 2 coats of white primer under the Lazy Linen. I did not sand my cabinets. I felt the primer would do a fantastic job of helping with bleed-through and adhesion. I let the primer dry for 24 hours before I started painting.

Once the cabinets were dry, I applied 2 coats of Liquorice on the island and 2 coats of Lazy Linen on the upper cabinets. Country Chic Paint has amazing coverage so there was no need for a third coat of paint.

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After the cabinets had dried for 24 hours, I used a 220 grit sand paper to distress the edges and grooves to give my cabinets a little dimension in color. After sanding, I used a damp washcloth to remove excess dust. I let the cabinets dry for week before I started to apply a sealant. Longest week of my life, living with all my cooking utensils in another room- lots of take out that week! Letting your cabinets dry is very important; you can never let them dry too long.

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I sealed my cabinets with Country Chic Paint’s Clear Coat. I mixed a little bit Liquorice into my Clear Coat by dipping the stir stick into the Liquorice and then holding it over my clear coat dish until the Clear Coat was black. I did this to ensure a nice even, clear finish. I did not put Lazy Linen in the Clear Coat, there was no need being that is a light color. I did 3 coats of Clear Coat on all my cabinets.

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I let a week go by before I put the doors and drawers back on the cabinets. I replaced all the hardware to bar pulls for an extra upgrade. The results were a stunning transformation! My kitchen is open and bright and ready for years of memories and family gatherings.

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Sarah {Hilltop Florist}

I’m Sarah, General Manager and Designer at Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse. Hilltop started carrying Country Chic Paint in January of 2017 and I have been in love since. I am a true designer at heart and I love creating unique floral pieces that bring joy to so many people. I have been a floral designer for over 10 years and hope to expand my creativity by experimenting more with Country Chic Paint. Hilltop’s tagline is “A beautiful way to flower your day” and it is my goal everyday to put a little more beautiful in as many lives as possible <3

Make sure to check out Sarah’s website Hilltop Florist. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest!


25 thoughts on “Kitchen Blah to Kitchen Ta-Da!

  1. Wow!! What a beautiful kitchen you have now! I also bought a home recently and hate the cupboards – but I cannot justify replacing them because it is a brand new home. So this is a great idea for me as well! What brush did you use? Or you used a roller? I definitely don’t want to be able to see any ‘strokes’ in the paint.

    1. Hi Shannon,

      We definitely recommend choosing a synthetic bristle paint brush over natural bristles to get a nice smooth finish. You can also try one of our painting sponges for a beautiful, brush-stroke-free paint coat! For more tips on how to get a smooth finish without sanding, click here.

  2. Love it! What primer did you use on your cabinets, and how much paint in each colour did you use? I’m ready to start my cabinets, so I’m curious if your method will fit my budget. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Emma,

      We carry a clear bonding primer in our line that’s eco-friendly and perfect for helping with adhesion!

      The amount of paint you need will depend on how thick you apply your paint coats, the original color of the cabinets, and what color you’re painting them, but in general one pint of our paint will cover ~60 square feet and one quart will cover ~120 square feet.

      I hope that helps!

  3. Beautiful! The change is gorgeous. Looks like you also added crown molding to the top of the cabinets. That’s a great touch and really modernized the look to look like custom cabinets. Nice work.

  4. It looks great! This inspires me to try mine. The change is gorgeous snd very classy. The color palate is perfect with the rest of the decore in their house. It truly is HGTV perfect, Joanna and Chip Gaines would salute you!

  5. First off, we have a tutorial about painting kitchen cabinets here that you might find helpful!

    If you’re not sanding your cabinets, you’ll likely find that priming is a good idea to help seal in any oily finishes or potential bleed-through.

  6. I love the cabinets of course but I also want to know what countertops you went with. I have been wanting a marble look.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Amie! I’m not sure which Sarah did first in her kitchen, but if you’re replacing your countertops as well as refurbishing your cupboards, I would probably do your cupboards first so that you don’t have to worry about dripping paint on your new counters.

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