Friday, October 8, 2010

Painting Kitchen Cabinet Tutorial

So, here is the low down on the "How to Paint Your Cabinets" 
First, clean the cabinets with hot soapy water.  Then I used 409 cleaner around my stove area to get the grease and grime off.  Worked like a charm.


 If you have a lot of build up or older cabinets use PSP.  It really gets all the grime off.





Then it's time to take all those doors off!  This is very important! It just makes for a better end result to take the doors off.  You won't regret it!




Next, use the blue painters tape to tape off everything.  Don't skip this either.  You may think you won't get it anywhere, but trust me you will.




I will admit that I absolutely hate sanding!   I know I'm not alone out there on this one!  I think that is why I put this job off for as long as I did.  However, there are heaven sent primers out there that take that step out for you!  You heard me!!  I used Lowe's Valspar multi-purpose primer. I did just one coat of this.  It didn't look very pretty either.  But, guess what?  That part doesn't have to look pretty.  Just make sure it is smooth, with no runny drips and your good to go!




Now time for the paint!!  This paint is like butter going on! (insert accent on butter)  Sherwin Williams ProClassic is a dream.  It is for cabinets and woodwork so it dries with a hard shell.  I used the satin finish.  Which is one of my favorite finishes.  It's not too shiny but not too flat.  The color is a creamy white and it is actually a special mix.  Sorry!  If you want the actual color, just leave a comment and I can give you the formula.





The tools are pretty simple.  I used a cheap sponge roller for the long parts of the doors and sides of the cabinets.  You know the kind you get at Wal-Mart.




Then I used a pretty good bristle brush from Lowe's.  Only on the middle part of the cabinet doors.  I got no visible brush mark.  I'm telling you, butter!!




It was very hot here in Texas when I decided to paint, so I just set up shop in the kitchen for the doors, and took them in the garage to dry. 




Now, here is the part that was time consuming.  I did 3 coats of paint!!  But, only on the fronts of the doors and the bases.  The inside of the doors I only did one.  If I can skip a step, I will.  I thought no one is gonna be opening my cabinets and examining my doors.  And if they do, oh well!  So that's it!  I've had them now for a year, and I love, love, love them!!  So if it is your dream to have painted cabinets, what are you waiting for?  You can do this!  Don't pay a painter $2500 or more to do a job that would only cost about $100 and some time!  Dive in!


21 comments:

  1. Just clicked over from Simply Seleta--your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous--I'm jealous! You did a wonderful job creating a beautiful space. The ladder---so clever!

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  2. Hi there! I came over via Kristin (Uncommon Slice of Surburbia). This post is just perfect for me...I am planning on painting our oak cabinets white very soon....glad to know its not so scary :)

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  3. I'm trying to convince my husband we should paint our cabinets! You make it sounds very do-able and they look great! Thanks for the info! Can you post the paint formula when you get a chance?

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  4. Also, can you tell me what kind of finish was on your cabinets originally? Were they glossy with a finish on the wood? Just wanted to see if that would make a difference with sanding/priming?

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  5. Thanks so much for your tutorial. I am trying to muster up the courage to paint our cabinets before Christmas. Your pics have helped! Your kitchen looks FABULOUS!

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  6. Hi Erin, I just popped over from Kristen's and am happy to be a new follower. Great job on the kitchen, it's beautiful. I've been wanting to paint my kitchen for years...but my husband likes what we have...so I have to work on him before I work on the cabinets : ( I live through my bloggy friends with white kitchens. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Cheers, Stacey

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  7. Your kitchen is beautiful. A friend sent me your blog knowing I'd like to paint our light colored oak cabinets. They are similar to your's before and if I could get them to look as good as your after I'd be thrilled. I have a few more questions. Do you have an email address you shared? I couldn't find it.
    Thanks~

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  8. OK forget the comment I left on the other post about a how to!! The sanding is what has had me very leary of this project. I'm your newest follower!

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  9. Thanks for visiting me. I had always planned on not sanding...because that's just awful. I had heard great things about Zissner cover stain from all over blogland. It's nice to hear of another product working so well. I am interested in the color code if you don't mind. I have white appliances that it has to not look too "yucky" next to, so I'm always looking for a good white or creamy white. Also, it appears you didn't put any kind of poly on. How do you feel about that now? Thanks, katiechase21@gmail.com

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  10. Hi Erin, What a beautiful kitchen make over, love the before and after photo's. My husband and I just bought a sweet little house on a channel and we are going to paint the oak cabinets like yours. I've been saving information on doing the cabinets over and it seems that your tutorial is the easiest I've found so far, love the "no" sanding! I'd love the paint formula you used if you don't mind sharing it as you mentioned. I love your style and your blog is so awesome. Can't wait to read more posts of yours. I'm a new follower and am so pleased to have found you and your blog.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  11. Hello again, I found your post on the kitchen cabinet paint formula, thank you for sharing.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  12. Thank you so much for this easy step-by-step tutorial! I have been debating painting my cabinets and I think you just won me over. I too, am not interested in the sanding part! So it's definitely great to know that is a step that can be skipped!

    If you don't mind, I'd love to have the formula for your custom paint color. I can be reached at dara32[at]gmail[dot]com

    Also, since you've had them for a while now, have you noticed any dirt spots? I have had some professionals tell me that painting is a bad idea because the cabinets show wear and tear, so I'd be interested in hearing your comments on that as well.

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  13. I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for a long time also...and I think i have seen the best post yet as to how to do this, Yours! I would love the formula for the color... and am also interested in hearing how well they have held up also. theproctors05{at}sbcglobal{dot}net Thank you!

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  14. Hi, your home is beautiful...you tutorial sounds very easy and I like easy. My kitchen cabinets are the same color as yours. Did you use a poly to protect the paint from chipping? If not how have they held up? I have 3 young kids mine are going to to get beat up and I'm going to need to be able to scrub them. Any other tips? I really want to paint my cabinets but, I'm afraid of messing them up even more.

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  15. I know this is from long ago, but can you please tell me the formula for your cabinet color? The color is exactly what we're looking for.

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  16. Hello, Thank you for your tutorial. I am about to dive into this project. Could you let me know the color of the paint you used. Is it an offcreamy white. I don't want the stark white. ;)

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