Paint Thermofoil Cabinets By Removing The Film First!

Save tons of money: you CAN paint Thermofoil cabinets! Simply remove the film first.

Paint Thermofoil Cabinets – what do we mean?  Thermofoil cabinets are made using a flexible vinyl material that is applied by heating the vinyl and molding it over medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or engineered wood.  The cabinet door has a smooth surface that resists chipping but there are some drawbacks.  What attracts people to Thermofoil cabinets is ease of care and low maintenance.  Some of the drawbacks are poor heat resistantance, color has a tendency to change slightly after long use, and are difficult to paint.

.Many of you have taken workshops at Chalk It Up Norcross, and you know that we never recommend painting over Thermofoil cabinet frames and doors. Even with priming, no paint will stick properly for long.

But, you CAN remove the Thermofoil “plastic” film, prime and paint.

Just watch!

We Love Patricia Presto’s Chalk Paint Projects!

We love Patricia Presto's furniture, painted with Chalk Paint®.

Meet Patricia Presto, Chalk It Up Norcross customer and owner of On The Surface. Although Patty is a formally trained professional faux finisher with 15 years of experience, when it comes to painting furniture and cabinets and furniture, she is smitten with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Patty says that the colors and versatility of Annie’s Chalk Paint® have entirely changed the focus of her business, since she has grown passionate about upcycling furniture and creating heirlooms for her clients.

Here are just a few of the treasures she has painted:

SECRETARY DESK in Duck Egg Blue with a French Linen interior. Clear Soft Wax.

We love Patricia Presto's furniture, painted with Chalk Paint®.

BEDSIDE CHEST in Old White, dark glaze and Clear Soft Wax


We love Patricia Presto's furniture, painted with Chalk Paint®.

LARGE CABINET in Country Grey with a custom glaze color. Clear Soft Wax.


We love Patricia Presto's furniture, painted with Chalk Paint®.

We love Patricia Presto's furniture, painted with Chalk Paint®.RUSTIC NURSERY BUREAU

Paris Grey is the first coat, then Old White on top, distressed and top-coated with Clear Soft Wax


Want to learn more about painting with Chalk Paint®? Check out our Workshops Schedule!


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Lynn White, of Chalk It Up Norcross, upcycled her dark mahogany buffet.

Lynn White, of Chalk It Up Norcross, upcycled her dark mahogany buffet.

Lynn White, of Chalk It Up Norcross, upcycled her dark mahogany buffet.“I was craving a new look in our entry at home but it took this inspiring photo for me to finally do something about it!”

Everything I needed – Arles and Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Leaf & Foil Size and gold and silver foils from Artisan Enhancements was at Chalk It Up Norcross.

I clicked on the link to the blog tutorial and got to work.

Then I wandered around in my own store to shop for lamps and mirrors, and added my own fabulous silver to pull it all together.


Inspired? Stop by Chalk It Up Norcross for paint, product, painting and home décor advice!

– Lynn White, owner



How To Fix Or Prevent Bleed-Through When Painting Furniture

How to fix or prevent bleed-through when painting furniture
Have you experienced mysterious bleed-through spots while you paint? We understand! It’s so common. And here’s how to avoid them forever!
Above is a very bad photo of a 1930ish mahogany buffet I purchased in 1986.  In 1986,  dark furniture antique furniture was a status symbol.  Many of us grew up in a home filled with dark mahogany and cherry furniture, made extremely well and made to last.  My first house was in Roswell, Georgia, and there was an area very close to downtown Roswell that was called “The Mill” that was turned into a furniture and antique market.  One Sunday afternoon I went there with a couple of friends  and spotted the buffet, and just had to have it.  Luckily, one of my friends drove a huge Silverado pickup truck and he helped me haul it home.
That mahogany buffet held a prominent spot for 28 years, then last year after my knee began healing from surgery, I realized that I had lost that loving feeling for the look.  Because the piece was so well made and fit perfectly and functioned perfectly, I knew what needed to be done. Shellac to the rescue!
My initial plan was to choose a completely opposite paint color, so I used Pure White Chalk Paint®.  Because this piece was made in the 1930s, I suspected that I might encounter spots coming through the paint, but I decided not to shellac before I painted. Big regret!
So, to spare you the misery, time, and expense of making the same mistake, today I am sharing the quick and easy way to prevent these ugly spots that can never be fixed with more coat of any kind of paint!
Here are a couple of spots popping through. Yours could be much worse, and there could be many more darker versions.
How to fix or prevent bleed-through when painting furniture.
Older mahogany, pine and cedar will often bleed red, pink, or orange from within the wood itself. Adding more coats of paint will never cover the spots. Oil and grease can also leach through paint.
Even if you begin painting your piece and encounter spots, do like I did and stop right away. Let the coat you are painting dry, then apply Shellac (see below).


Use Dirtex or Simple Green with a damp rag, then thoroughly rinse off the cleaner and let dry.

APPLY SHELLAC: Hint, only shellac will work!

Apply a thin coat of Clear Shellac, using a throw-away brush, since this product is not water-based. If time allows, let the shellac dry overnight.  Because shellac has a shelf life of approximately 6 months we recommend always purchasing the smallest can available – that’s why we only sell 1/2 pint sizes in our store.  Simply write your purchase date on the can.

Chalk It Up Norcross is your local expert resource for paint and product tips and tricks. Stay tuned here for more to come, including the step-by-step tutorial to create this “torn paint” finish next week!
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– Lynn White