Oct 6, 2014

painting kitchen cabinets (post #4)

We're finally to the actual painting!  You've probably already gotten into a pretty good rhythm with priming so painting should be pretty straight forward.

I used Sherwin Williams ProClassic Satin Interior paint and had it color matched to Valspar Bistro White.  That's the color of my trim and the fireplace in the dining room and I love it so didn't want to attempt to pick a new white.  It is $65 a gallon but I got it 30% off so it only cost me $45.  I only needed one gallon (and I have a lot of cabinets).

The primer I used was oil based so I made sure to switch to a new angled paint brush and a new 4" foam roller.  Every few cabinets I would go back and double check for drips or runs.  Don't wait too long or you won't be able to smooth them out!  Again, I let each coat dry for 24 hours before rolling the next coat on.  I was really hoping it would only take 2 coats but the 3rd was a must.

I was planning to list the steps like I did with previous posts but it's really just paint - let dry - paint - let dry - paint... get the idea?  I did do a light sanding with a 220 grit block sander between the 2nd and 3rd coats (after the 2nd coat dried for 24 hours).   I wiped them down with a damp cloth after sanding then did the final coat of paint.  The finish was pretty smooth and even but I wanted that last light sanding in case I missed a rough spot somewhere.

The painting took 6 days because of the dry time but actual hands on time was about 15 hours.  I also spent several hours painting all the trim in the kitchen and installing quarter round under the cabinets.  You can see in the picture above that I was still finishing up my caulking and painting on the trim.  That's definitely another thing to consider when painting your cabinets.  You want to do those extra steps that make the kitchen feel cohesive and polished.  

I couldn't wait to put the doors back up on the cabinets and install the hardware.  I thought for sure this would be the easiest part but as I mentioned at the beginning I should have kept track of which hinge went to which door.  My husband helped me put the cabinets up and after a few we got into a groove but it was definitely tricky and we had to drill a couple new holes in the cabinet frames to get the doors level.

It took a couple hours to get all the doors up.  Felt amazing to have my junk covered up again. We had to wait on the drawer fronts because the new pulls required drilling new holes.  I was thrilled with how they looked at this point though.  I think my husband was surprised with how awesome they turned out (why does he doubt?).  A little too much white going on at first but we added black nobs and a new black light fixture and this is my favorite place to be now.

Our cabinets previously has satin nickel knobs but we updated to oil rubbed bronze and I love the contrast.  I purchased my knobs and pulls from Amazon.  You can see the knobs I purchased in my Amazon store - I have purchased this brand several times now and have been so pleased with the quality and price.  We did have to drill two new holes for the drawer pulls but we didn't fill the old hole because it is completely hidden.  To drill holes that would match for all the new pulls we made a template with a thin board and used a level.  It worked great but was a slow process. We spent another 2 hours installing all the knobs and pulls and... we were done.

This little cabinet painting project of mine took about 40 hands-on hours over 2 weeks.  I recommend taking your time.  Because I stopped to clean between steps we were able to use/cook in our kitchen throughout the process.  Letting the paint dry for 24 hours between coats meant that each coat rolled on smoothly and should add to the durability of the paint.  The cost of the painting supplies was under $100.  

Sherwin Williams All Surface Oil Enamel Primer (2 quarts on sale) - $35
Sherwin Williams Advance Paint (1 gallon) - $45
4" Foam Rollers - $5
Crown Liquid Deglosser - $7

If you don't own an orbital sander and sanding/painting supplies, $200 would probably be a better estimate.  You will need paint pans, brushes, sand paper, and a sanding block.  We had those things already.

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Now how about a before and after?  Love those.  Looking at these pictures makes it all worth it.

A few more of my favorites.

If you've been thinking about painting your cabinets I hope you do!  Such a huge difference for just a little money.  Not hard but definitely tedious.  I'll be back next week with a post about the durability of painted cabinets (one month in).  I will also be sharing how I made my polka dot curtains and more details about our built in buffet.  

Check back soon!

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