Hello All! And welcome back to my kitchen remodel series for the One Room Challenge hosted by Lina at Calling It Home. A bunch of bloggers are taking one room in their homes and completely transforming and remodeling their space. Go check it out if you haven’t yet! Otherwise, last week we shared all of the before pictures of my kitchen in the house my husband and I just bought. See all the pictures as well as our plan here ->
And the rest of our series here: Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Week 6
But to recap, below is what we are working with!
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To begin this project we thought we would tackle painting the cabinets first, since it was going to be a big job. Luckily Vicki and I acquired a paint sprayer for a great deal during the holidays, so we decided we would try it out on my cabinets! I put Vicki in charge of the cabinets since I am pregnant and unable to do the painting.
The first step was to label all the cabinet doors and drawers as we took them off the frames. This ensures there is no confusion when trying to put them back together. I actually drew my kitchen on a sheet of paper so I knew where I was starting and labeled everything as follows with a piece of painters tape.
- L1 = Lower Cabinet 1, 2, 3 etc…
- U1 = Upper 1, 2, 3 etc…
- D1 = Drawer 1, 2, 3 etc…
(Here you can see the shelves that need to be replaced. Almost all of them were warped and covered in icky contact paper.)
After labeling and removing all the hardware, we then sanded and cleaned the frames. We used a fine grit sandpaper and cleaned with a degreasing dish soap to make sure the paint would stick. Once the cabinet frames were ready, we assigned my husband to create a spray shelter in the garage (which luckily is heated since it is still a bit chilly here in Minnesota!). He laid down some painters paper on the floor and put plastic on the wall and over the workbench. He then brought all the doors and drawers to the garage to sand, clean, and lay them all out.
Tip: Use mini dixi cups to prop your doors up from the floor. This will allow you to paint the edges without the paint sticking to the paper.
While my husband was in the garage, Vicki and I finished taping around all the cabinet frames, including the bulkhead, the walls, the floor, the countertop; pretty much anything that would possibly be in the way of overspray!
After all of that prep work was done, we could finally paint! Well, in reality, Vicki could paint. It took 3 coats of paint to cover everything evenly. Vicki alternated between the cabinet frames and the doors out in the garage. She was also spraying the insides of all the frames, which was really time-consuming. All-in-all painting the cabinets took the whole week to finish.
If you don’t have a sprayer, no worries, a brush and roller works great as well. We have done both and the time was pretty much the same. We found there was more prep-work involved with the sprayer since you have to tape everything. If you are good with a paintbrush and can be careful, you wouldn’t need to tape.
We would say the key to painting your cabinets is in the prep work. Starting with a good clean surface is going to do wonders. Another tip, be very very careful with your freshly painted cabinets for at the very least a week after paint is applied. The paint needs to “cure” for quite some time.
My kitchen is quite a mess but I am already seeing the potential here in those fresh white cabinets! Don’t they look so much better?! You can see that blank spot on the wall where we took down a couple upper cabinets. We are putting them back up, but my dad needs to access the wires in the wall there for my pendants! (Gosh am I lucky to have such a handy family who is more than willing to help me!)
I can’t wait to get all that paper off and start cleaning everything up. But in the meantime, make sure to continue to follow along. We will have another update for you next week!