Well we did it! We painted our kitchen cabinets, finally. They weren't horrible to begin with luckily, just not what we were going for. Our kitchen has a lot of wood going on, and while I love it - I love bright and light a bit more. Before & After reveal, of the top half:
What a difference, right?! Let me just say, this is something you can definitely do. It's pretty easy, just time consuming! I made a major boo-boo in when we did this top half. Ha... let me explain. We did the top by hand, using high density foam rollers - the works, ya know? It came out great BUT on the LAST coat I realized... I HAVE A HVLP Sprayer!!! Why in the world didn't we spray them?? Oh well... at least now I can verify that it CAN be done by hand, if you don't have a sprayer. Stop me, I'm rambling- Here's a better shot of our cabinets before.
Pretty standard, nice cabinets. I was just happy to have this many cabinets in the first place, though you can never have enough. So one brave weekend, we took to the job. I referenced East Coast Creative's awesome tutorials, which you can find here and here. It looked relatively simple...Here's a quick run down:
First we removed the cabinets & hardware:
Quick tip: To remove these cabinets you take the screws out of the hinge portion on the cabinet door. This also leaves the settings on those crazy hinges intact, and makes them a lot easier to re-install. Here's a crappy photo that sort of shows what I mean:
Side note, many of you asked about our stove from the Entryway Command Center Posts... here's a full frontal:
Ok, cabinets! After the hardware was removed, we did a simple steel wool job to remove the glossy finish. We'll be using Paint & Primer in one (best stuff ever) so I'm confident in how it will adhere. Even still, steel wool is an extra step that will really bump up your cabinets durability rating.
Then start painting! We started by doing the details by hand, notice we propped the cabinets up on some old wood scraps so they didn't stick to that gorgeous blanket:
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Yum....The paint color we used is just white. Semi-gloss white, Paint & primer in one. There were SO MANY whites to choose from so I walked up to the counter and said "Don't you have just...ya know... white?" And they did. And now we do.
After about 3 coats we were happy, and let them dry completely. Working backwards we just installed our hardware, and popped the cabinets back up. Just in time for dinner.
Surprise! I have a gif for you..
Ha! Get it? A Gif?!? Ok, bad joke...
So that's it! We're done with the top half. The Paint & Primer in one paint, in semi gloss, adhered wonderfully to the cabinets & provide an excellent finish. If you want to be extra safe, you could slap a few coats of semi-gloss minwax polycrylic on these babies. I had every intention to do so, but got hungry and forgot. I would have gone back and done it by hand, but in my dreams there are new cabinets with glass fronts anyway... so who cares.
Let's see some finished photos that aren't as difficult to look at as that crazy gif:
So that's that. Cabinets done in white, and I love 'em. What do you think? Have you painted cabinets? What tips & tricks can you share? Up next we are conquering the bottom half... and there are twice as many. Break out that sprayer!
Enjoy your day please. (One time at the end of a phone call, the person said to me "You have a nice long day, Jess"....what the!?)
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