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For those who have followed a few of my projects here on the Colorantic blog, you know without a doubt that I bought an old house in 2020 and have been having fun giving it a makeover ever since.

Also, at the level of the ground floor, I had only one project to carry out before tackling the second floor and possibly the third (third which, by the way, is frozen in time and has suffered from a lack of change since the 1940s).

This project: painting the pantry corner white! So I took advantage of the Holidays to FINALLY finish one floor and to start convincing my partner to start renovating the second floor…


First of all, I asked my partner to take down the pantry cabinets so that I could work. I sanded the surface lightly and applied the Colorantic varnish remover (a product I now use consistently whenever I do a project). I let it sit for a good 30 minutes, then washed the surface thoroughly before starting to paint.

Okay here, let me give some advice for those who would like to give a youthful look to their old wooden kitchen cabinets: put a primer before you start painting in order to have a more resistant finish. In my case, I unfortunately had no primer on hand and no access to a store to buy it. So I applied Colorantic Cotton Ball paint directly.

Since I didn’t have a primer, I didn’t skimp on the paint and applied 4 good coats with the brush for the hard to reach places and the foam roller for the rest.

I then put 3 coats of Colorantic matte varnish on the cabinets. The goal is to have a finish that would resist my children’s not always clean little hands, and my culinary failures (since the oven is near my pantry).

Bon ici, je me permets de donner un conseil pour ceux et celles qui voudraient redonner un air de jeunesse à leurs vieilles armoires de cuisine en bois : mettre un apprêt avant de débuter la peinture afin d’avoir un fini plus résistant. Dans mon cas, COVID oblige, je n’avais malheureusement pas d’apprêt sous la main et aucunement accès à un commerce pour en acheter. J’ai donc appliqué directement la peinture Boule de coton de Colorantic.

Comme je n’avais pas d’apprêt, je n’ai pas lésiné sur la peinture et j’ai appliqué 4 bonnes couches avec le pinceau pour les endroits difficiles d’accès et le rouleau mousse pour le reste.

Ensuite, j’ai mis 3 couches de vernis mat Colorantic sur les armoires. L’objectif étant d’avoir un fini qui résisterait aux petites mains pas toujours propres de mes enfants et à mes ratés culinaires puisque le four est à proximité de mon garde-manger.


In all, this project took two days to complete and the result is perfect, despite the fact that I did not put a primer. I reiterate here however, if you want to make any kitchen cabinets last, I advise a primer first. All that is left to do for me is to start the second floor, which contains no less than 16 prefinished walls in brown, gray, green and a kind of orange to which I cannot describe the exact colour…

Peggy Bourque-Ouellet