I’m halfway done with my painted kitchen cabinets! I’ve finished the bottom cabinets in General Finishes milk paint in Millstone. I really love this color. First, let me say that painting my cabinets in this paint is a dream. It is super silky to apply and dries quickly. I painted in one direction for the first coat and the opposite direction for the second coat and it left no brush marks. Honestly, they look factory painted.
For prep, I spot sanded where needed and gave the cabinets a clean with a wet sponge and dish soap. I took all of the hardware off the cabinets and the doors off their hinges. Using a brush, I applied two coats of the milk paint onto both sides of the doors, the drawer fronts and the cabinet bases. I also applied two coats onto the bottom base of the cabinets, also known as the toe-kick. I then used a sponge brush to apply their high performance top coat in the flat finish.
Hardest part? Remembering which doors had two coats on and which had the sealer applied. I came up with a system where I kept them in pairs and did four on my kitchen table and four on my dining room table. Screwing them back in was also a little difficult and I was glad to have my daughter’s help! Between the two of us, we were able to put them on straight again.
Here’s the question…should I go with my original plan and paint the top cabinets in the Antique White or should I paint them all in Millstone? I am really loving the warm color in the kitchen and how it looks against the counters and back splash. As you can see, the Millstone is a shade darker than the original cream and it’s not a huge difference but is just enough. It’s perfect. They are clean and look modern and brand new. I also like how the hardware shows up more against the darker color.
I am taking a break for a week and tackling them after my sister and her family come to visit. Decisions, decisions!