Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Painting Kitchen Cabinets



When we bought the house I was really worried about the kitchen.  There is no where to expand to make it bigger.  There is no space to really change the layout.  We were stuck with the U-shape kitchen.  The space was really dark.  There is only the one little window over the sink and all other natural light comes from the bay window in the dining area.  I knew I had my work cut out for me which is scary when you are deciding to buy a home.  But I knew I could transform the room and took on the challenge.  One of the most important choices for the room was paint color.


Benjamin Moore's White Dove has always been one of my favorite whites.  I went back and forth between doing all white and painting the base cabinets a different color.  Obviously any update and any paint color was going to make a dramatic difference, but I wanted something that was going to be timeless and classic.  I decided on all white.  I wanted the space to feel as big as possible and I can't help it....I love white.

I prepped by sanding and filling any dents, scratches and holes.  Then I sanded some more.  Since the cabinets had such an orangey glow I used a shellac based primer to prevent bleed through to my white paint and it is strong.  My favorite primer is Zinsser.  This stuff is great!




I used Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo...a mouthful of a name, I know.  This stuff is a latex paint but acts like an alkyd based enamel.  I am not going to go into detail about what all this means but in short it means strong and durable.  With a paint like this, you do not need to clear coat so one less step!



If you don't know, I spray all my pieces.  I am an anti brush mark person.  I know not everyone has a paint sprayer and that's ok.  This paint is self leveling which means that even if you use a brush, the bristle strokes will level out and look fairly smooth.  You can add some Floetral to help with leveling as well.

A few tips.

  • Please sand.  So many people are trying to find ways around it by using deglossers, chalk paint, or other short cuts, but to get the best looking, smooth finish, you must sand.  There is no way around it.  The only way to get the little bits out of the old clear coat and the filth that has built up over the years, is to sand.  Also, sand with 320 or 400 grit between coats.  I promise it is worth it.

  • Number your doors.  Make a chart of your kitchen.  Number the cabinets in the chart and number the corresponding door when you take it off the hinges.  We had several different door sizes so to prevent wasting time on solving the door puzzle, I numbered them.  On the top doors, I numbered them on the top, inside lip and on the bottom doors, I numbered the bottom, inside lip. This keeps the numbers out of sight.  
 




Here are photos of the painting process.


Before









I hung a plastic barrier to keep overspray and dust under control.  I joked that it felt like Elliot's house after they found out about E.T. :)   I taped off and put paper over my floors.





Cabinet bases done.






In the paint booth spraying the doors.




The final product.















Click here to see more before and after pictures of the kitchen.


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23 comments:

  1. All I can say is "WOW"! BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. I can't even think of a word big enough to say how I feel about this room. I want my kitchen to look the same!! Great job. Can you share how you made the paint booth.

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    1. This is my second paint booth. We just built it 2 months ago and are working out a few kinks. Since we live on the water, all of our living square footage is on the second floor. Our garage has really high ceilings and a lot of space! This made a great space for my paint booth. The walls are sheetrock, the door is heavy plastic and we built a ventilation system to take the air outside of the garage. My first one was just plastic walls and a box fan in hole in the wall of the garage. I have upgraded quite a bit. :)

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  3. Wow! They look great! This is probably a dumb question, but how did you keep your paint from spraying onto the ceiling when you sprayed the cabinet bases? Did you cover it? I couldn't tell from the pictures...

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    1. Hi. No its not a dumb question. I sprayed the ceiling first. It was so humid here when I was painting, the tape was having a hard time holding up the paper to protect the ceiling. I got frustrated and stopped bothering with the tape. I decided to be careful with the sprayer along the moulding by the ceiling. I had a bit of over spray but went back and touched it up. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  4. what type of paint sprayer do you use?

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    1. Hello, I have the same question as Rose Smith too.

      I seldom ever post or ask anything. However, I am impressed and have been planning to do the same to my kitchen.

      I really like the idea of a smooth finish too and don't believe I can accomplish that without spraying. That said, what type of sprayer do you use?

      Not necessarily the brand but the set up such as do you use a HVLP sprayer? Does your air compressor have variable settings - pounds per square inch (PSI)? What are the lowest and highest settings you can set the PSI on your air compressor (that's if you have one or what is the other system?)? Can you change the cup size on your sprayer for large and small jobs? Can the tips be changed on your sprayer?

      Thank you for any information pertaining to this.

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  5. This is amazing post. Such a great concept with a huge impact! I love it! I saw your tutorial, went out, and bought myself a piece of furniture to paint. I cannot wait! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial with all of us!

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  7. You are a true inspiration! I do not relish any sort of remodeling, but now I am obsessed with doing something like this. Our kitchen is very similar to your original. Thank you for sharing. --Lisa in Florida

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    1. Thank you! Remodeling is not for the faint of heart and can be extremely stressful. Some days I ask, more than once, why I do this to myself but those are moments of weakness and they always pass. It is very rewarding to take something unwanted and make it beautiful and loved. I can't wait to have the entire house finished!

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  8. That's so amazing what you did with your kitchen cabinet. I love the white color, It makes the kitchen so bright and clean. I have a paint sprayer and I'm going to follow your instruction. Thanks so much.

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  10. You are amazing!!! I came here because of your dresser transformation and have ended up looking through all of your transformations! You're kitchen remodel is beautiful, I am now deciding to paint my cheap orangey cabinets white as well! I 'm even going to buy the mop you recommended. Btw, if you contact amazon and provide a link for it on your site, you get money when anyone buys a product through the link you provide, my sister does that on her blog about parenting. Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much I am so happy that I stumbled on your site!

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