I can't believe how much more bright my kitchen is now! It looks so fresh and clean too. Here are a few teaser shots before I get into the tutorial.
Okay, here is the "before," which is really kind of a "during" picture. I forgot to take pictures before we got new appliances. I will dig around and see if I can find any pictures of the real before.
We still haven't got our new cabinets we ordered. There will be a pull out garbage next to the dishwasher, a pantry next to the fridge, and some upper cabinets above the fridge.
I was so stressed about how to approach this project. I had read a lot of posts about sanding, stripping, and de-glossing. I didn't want to do any of those things so I put off doing anything at all. Then one day I was thinking about it and decided I didn't HAVE to do any of that. I don't do that when I paint a piece of furniture, so why do I have to for cabinets? I have furniture in my home that I painted 9+ years ago and it is fine. I figured (and hoped) my cabinets would be okay too.
Okay, the first thing I did was take off all the cabinet doors and hardware. I had replaced the handles a while ago and never got around to filling in the old holes. So I finally got them filled!
The MOST important step (in my opinion) is to clean them really well. You don't want any grease, food, or residue on them or the paint and primer won't stick. I scrubbed mine with a soapy rag to get all the food off and them used Minwax's wood cleaner to finish it off so there wouldn't be any residue. What ever you choose to do, just do it well. This is not a step to skimp on.
When you ask your husband to pick up a new drop cloth, put an emphasis on CLOTH. This plastic was a pain in the rear since it was windy. I had to put a ton of rocks on it.
I used Kilz spray primer.
I totally had a spray paint affair!!! I am usually a Krylon girl and I cheated on on them!!!! I was in Home Depot and I saw this Rust-Oleum 2x paint and I wanted to give it a try. Anything to save on $$$ right?? Plus it was an EXACT match to our dishwasher that we needed to have blend in with the cabinets. I loved it. Yep. It covered really well and the satin finish is GORGEOUS.
In order to have regular paint to paint the cabinets inside so they would match the doors, I sprayed some of the spray paint on a piece of card stock and had the lovely folks at Home Depot color match it. I got one gallon.
I used regular primer with a foam brush to apply a thin coat and them used another foam brush to apply the paint. It took 3 thin coats of paint with a few touch ups. I was so tempted to just put a thick coat and call it good because it was taking forever. But I knew it wouldn't look as good and that I would regret it. Thin coats are ALWAYS better and the foam brushes minimize lines.
I am only showing a few pictures of them painted because A) not all the doors are back on yet and B) I want to save the "big reveal" for when all of the kitchen is done. I am installing new floors this week, using my clearance items to decorate, and making curtains. I also have two surprise projects in the kitchen/dining room that I SUPER DUPER excited to do and reveal!!!!!
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