Good morning friends, and welcome to the first full week of March!! Whether we have flurries of snow or not, March definitely screams Spring to me 🙂 and I couldn’t be happier about that! The welcome arrival of Spring often brings the motivation we need to tackle something new. I have had so many people ask me the process in painting our kitchen cabinets that I decided to share the how-to.
Is there a project you would like to tackle but seems too big? Is that project something you gaze at when you drink your coffee in the morning and imagine it finished? Do you ask friends and family their opinions before you tackle said project? Whether it’s painting your kitchen cabinets or something else, if you are answering YES, let me be your biggest cheerleader and tell you to just GO FOR IT!!
I knew I wanted white cabinets, and I knew how much new cabinets cost and for that matter, I loved my cabinets – just not the stained oak. Thinking back, I remember mentioning it a few times to family and friends and the reaction was always, don’t paint oak 🙁 . WHY NOT? So, I would push the dream from my mind. Turns out, I wasn’t talking out loud in front of the right people to motivate me. You know, the friends that will always back your schemes and have probably already experienced what you are going through or, in this case, a project goal. A group of my friends, collectively said, “PAINT THEM! You will never regret it!” (You know who you are – x0) It’s been just less than 2 years and I haven’t stopped painting, if that tells you how much I love them! So let me be that friend to you. DO IT!! PAINT IT!! MOVE IT!! TRASH IT!! CHANGE IT!! You can thank me later 😉
Okay, so these are the products and steps WE used, it worked for our cabinets, please research your cabinets and follow proper instructions for the type of material. I am certain you are getting a kick out of my before and after pictures. Some of them were taken before the wallpaper border was taken down and walls re-painted. After we painted the cabinets, new floor went down, wainscoting, and we decided to paint the trim (only in the kitchen) and I have just now finished it all, so it’s been a work in progress and I am able to say doing it ourselves has provided so much gratification.
- Zinsser Primer 1-2-3
- Insl-X Cabinet Coat paint – Trim and Cabinet Enamel (Product CC4510)
- Sand paper or block – light
- Remove all cabinet doors, drawer fronts, knobs, and hinges
- Label the doors to match which cabinet they belong to. We used masking tape and numbered accordingly.
- “Lightly” sand all cabinet trim and doors
- Wipe them to remove all dust
- Lay cabinet doors out in well ventilated area (We flipped and painted inside of doors as well, drying completely in between)
- Apply Zinsser Primer – (READ directions) instant gratification! You can see the change in your cabinets immediately. Doesn’t take long to dry 🙂
- Apply 2 coats of Cabinet Coat – (READ directions) allowing to dry fully in-between. *NOTE* I would suggest painting with a brush not a roller and paint towards the grain of the wood.
- Directions say to let fully cure for 7 days before re-assembling. I can tell you we did not wait a full 7 days and it was fine 😉
This entire process took one week, but let me add I had the wonderful help of 2 girlfriends and Glenn. We did NOT paint the inside of the cabinets themselves. A project like this motivates you to get it done in a timely manner, because it’s a highly used area in the house!!
Okay, so now let me gush. It does not look like the same room!! So open and airy, seriously it feels bigger. The paint covered so well and left a beautiful finish. We used the same brushed nickel knobs and they were instant beauty against the white. Since painting the cabinets, we replaced the floor, painted the trim, added new blinds, and wainscoting. Are we finished updating the kitchen? No, but each step we take in small strides makes a huge difference, and I’ll be sure to update you as we go along 😉 .
I just cannot tell you how happy I am that we decided to move forward with this project. If you follow me on here, you know I have never stopped moving forward with projects, and I pray I am motivating you as well. If you need someone to give you that push, let me be one of those friends! Share it with me, I would LOVE to hear your story <3 .
Author – Martha Knake
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