Painting the Kitchen Cabinets
From the first day that we bought our home, I wanted to remodel the kitchen, fortunately, it wasn’t in the renovation budget, so we had to put it off. I say fortunately because the ideas I had back then are totally different now (My ideas now are way BETTER)! My vision now is more up-to-date, more bright, more vibrant… a fresh new look to the place I spend a lot of time in. The kitchen has a sturdy foundation it’s small but the layout is simple and the cabinets and countertops are in great shape. So we don’t really have to spend much or do any extraordinary changes to get the look that we want.
My Kitchen makeover project has many parts to it though, so I’ve finally narrowed it down to the color scheme and piece by piece what I want to do. This first part of the kitchen makeover consists of painting the kitchen cabinets, adding new handles, painting the kitchen walls, and major clean up/organization. Later projects will consist of building cabinets on top of the existing ones to the ceiling, new countertops and backsplash, remodeling the pantry, revamping the breakfast nook/ dining area, and renovating the laundry closet (yup… it’s in the kitchen, I wish it wasn’t 🙁 ). Stick with me, as I sprinkle my touch of finesse into each project for my ultimate kitchen transformation!
First Thing’s First…
Here are the BEFORE pictures of the Kitchen.
Before starting, I removed everything out of the cabinets, top and bottom. You don’t realized how much stuff you have until you move it! OMG this was a little exhausting as I had to carefully pack up all the dishes and glassware I didn’t know existed lol.
I cleaned inside all the cabinets and the cabinet doors. As stated before, the cabinets are in good shape, therefore I didn’t have any major issues I had to fix. I only sanded the bottom half of the cabinet/cabinet doors because they had a bit more wear and tear.
After cleaning, I carefully removed all doors and hardware from the cabinets. Before removing the doors, I labeled them. (my labeling may look weird but it easy for me to understand their placement).
I placed the hardware (screws and hinges) in their own zip lock bag and labeled them. To the screws that had a lot of rust, I added vinegar and let it sit for 1 day. This gets all the grease/dirt off and back to brand new.
Now it’s time to start painting.
I painted the upper kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Old White”. I started painting the inside corners and creases first with a small brush and then the entire cabinet with a small roller brush. After I applied two coats of chalk paint, I waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear wax with her wax brush to give the top cabinets a glossy and protective coating. When I was done waxing, I lightly sanded over it with 220-grit sandpaper.
For the bottom cabinets (on both sides of the kitchen), I painted them using Ace’s Cabinet, Door, and Trim Paint in Benjamin Moore’s “Chelsea Gray” color. I love this paint, you brush it on and it will level itself. I learned about this amazing paint a few years ago when I followed The Turquoise Home tutorial “The Average DIY Girl’s guide to Painting Cabinets” when I painted my master bathroom’s cabinets. It came out beautiful!
With the bottom cabinets, first, I primed them using Zinsser Cover Stain (which I had left over from my bathroom project). I painted the cabinets using a small paint brush and roller. I did three coats of the Ace paint with 24 hours of drying in between each coat. It’s definitely worth the wait! I painted the cabinet trim, then painted the cabinet doors, using the painting technique from “The Average DIY Girl’s guide to Painting Cabinets.”
After painting the cabinets, I spray painted the nails and hinges a satin finish to match the new handles I bought. Before putting the cabinet doors back on, I added the new handles to the cabinet doors and covered the inside cabinet shelves with decorative adhesive shelf liner to give it some character.
Also, we painted the kitchen walls Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Owl” in a Semi-Gloss finish, replaced our old switch plates with new ones, and organized all our dishes and glassware in our new cabinets.
Our new painted Kitchen Cabinets!
On to the next project…..