My hand painted kitchen review.


So this week I had a few people ask me about my kitchen that I painted last November. 

I wanted to do a little review of how it’s holding up to everyday use and a few pics for anyone thinking of tackling the job themselves. 

The how to blog post is Here,

This has all the steps, this post is more of a review than a how to x.

I painted the presses about 10 months ago, they were an ugly orange laminate pine. 

For me the kitchen is the heart of a home especially in Ireland and it’s the first place I go to when I come home or have guests. 

As you can see it was far from shabby chic. More shabby than chic. 

The hold up! 

I have had no chips on any of the presses. 

I have wiped down and cleaned up many tea and sauce spills and have had no issues. 

I would recommend just using warm soapy washing up liquid and water and not harsh chemical sprays. I have wiped down with some detol anti bac spray and that was grand. 

The only one issue I had was when I used a really harsh oven cleaner. This dribbled onto the bottom panel under cooker and literally stripped the paint. 

However this was easily fixed! 

I just cleaned all the residue off and had paint left over and gave it one coat and it was brand new again as if nothing had happened. 

I used the autentico eggshell paint in the shade “frozen fountain” and used their primer also. 

The reason it has not chipped is because I done a really good prep before I painted. 

I didn’t do as much prep on my table and I have some small chips on that. 

There are loads of paints on the market. 

Some people use eggshell, satinwood or gloss and even chalk paint to give there cabinets a make over. 

The autentico eggshell is chalk based but it’s not a chalk paint, they do stock a vintage paint but don’t get that mixed up with the eggshell. 

The eggshell is self sealing and has a built in primer also.

If you use the vintage chalk range you must seal with wax or varnish or your paint job may get ruined. 

For anyone thinking of using chalk paints to re do there kitchen then I highly reccomend sealing with a non yellowing varnish. 

Water based varnish should not yellow however I have used oil based ones which have yellowed.

The reason I don’t reccomend wax in the kitchen is because it absorbs a lot of the grease and grime. 

I have some waxed pieces in the living room and they have suffered some tea marks and haven’t cleaned as well, so for decorative pieces I love wax but for items that need to be cleaned often and durable I recommend varnish. 

My table is holding up well also. 

I have some tiny chips at the feet of table but to be honest this is because I used it too soon after painting. 

I used dulux satinwood in antique cream. 

Best advice is to try not use your item you have painted for 2/3 weeks to allow for paint to cure. 

You can always throw a sheet over it. 

My trinket obsession has gotten worse also. 

The tea cup obsession is slowly spiralling out of control and so has my collection of them. 

So to summarise,

I highly reccomend painting your own cabinets. 

My whole make over was around the €100 mark and it’s made me so much happier and I saved a fortune. 

Research, prep then paint. 

Make sure you are 100% happy with your choice of paint, you don’t have to use the paint I used but just do a little research before you start. Have a little Pinterest binge! 

Prepping will give your kitchen paint job longevity. Scrub, sand and sugar soap! 

It’s not fun but stops chips! 

You can also ask anybody who has painted there kitchen if you can come over and have a look. That’s a big help as you might not like the look of it in person and change your mind. 

Your all welcome to come and look at mine. 

Myself and blondie will have the kettle on.! 

Tag me in your kitchen and home make overs over in Instagram or leave a link to your blog in the comment box! 

Chat soon. 

Catherine. here



  1. September 4, 2020 / 2:07 am

    Hi Catherine I’ve been following you on YouTube and instagram! Myself and my nana love your videos ! We are litterly glued with a cup of tea !
    I’ve decided to paint my kitchen this colour ! I wanted it pink like your recent video but I think I prefer this! I’ve never painted anything before other than nails lol
    I’m just wondering how much paint did it take ? And does it matter what brand of primer and varnish I use ?
    Tia xx
    From the north 😘

  2. Sharon Kent
    March 3, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Hi Catherine thanks a mill for gettok get back to me I have just started following u on snapchat you're hilarious!! I showed the hubby your kitchen and said we are doing that and he said thank God we have an integrated fridge😂😂 Hopefully now can't wait to get started I'm going from an oak kitchen with green walls to cream walls and your kitchen can't wait now I'll be throwing the magnolia on the green x thanks a mill xx

  3. Catherine Carton
    March 3, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Hiya Sharon x that is just cheap magnolia from woodies. It could do with a freshen up now. Your kitchen will be gorgeous x

  4. Sharon Kent
    March 2, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Hi Catherine looove your kitchen I'm tacklingoing mine soon! Just wondering what colour cream your walls are? Thanks!

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  7. The dainty dress diaries
    October 4, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Hi Anna! This blog post here might help you. follow 3 rules. Prep, prime, paint. Wash your piece with sugar soap to remove grime and lightly sand with sand paper or sanding block. I like to describe it like exfoliating the skin. Then one coat of primer and then paint of your choice. Even if a paint says no need to prime, I still prime as I have had issues with pile bleeding through etc X Wish you the best of luck and send me pics of it finished. Xx

  8. Anna
    October 3, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    Hello, have you got a specific blog post about how to prep before re- painting a wooden surface? I bough a beautiful wooden box today at the vintage market, I want to turn it into a jewellery box but needs some work. Sorry to bother you but you are a truly inspiration in upcycling projects!

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