I can’t stop smiling every time I peek into the kitchen. Y’all, the cabinets are done! I am still in shock!
Last week I posted the steps that we went through when we prepped the cabinets -
ONE. Remove the cabinet doors and hardware. Label as you go.
THREE. Take care of holes. As a quick update, I had originally included just a note about filling holes for hardware, but now I’ve added this separate step for filling or drilling holes based on whether the hardware is being added, removed, or replaced. This is also the step when you should check for other spots that need patching.
After these steps are finished, the cabinets are ready to be primed and painted!
Because we are planning on painting the walls in the next couple of weeks, I didn’t worry about getting primer or paint on the walls when I was cutting in the cabinet bases. If you aren’t planning on repainting your walls, make sure to put up some painter’s tape before you get started priming and painting! Also, if you’re painting both sides of your cabinet doors, I highly recommend painter’s triangles (like these). I had to buy about 4 packs of them, but they’re very inexpensive and they making the process easier and cleaner.
I primed the cabinet bases as well as both sides of the cabinet doors using Zinsser Primer (like this). I used a small foam brush to cut in, making sure to get the primer on the edges and in the crevices, and then I covered the entire surface with a foam roller. The foam brush was just one that I had on hand, and it looked like the medium brushes in this picture -
The foam roller came from Lowe’s and I have to say that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever bough at Lowe’s (and it was only $5!) -
Unlike the bathroom cabinet, I only did one coat of the primer, but I made sure to cover the entire surface with a thin coat. Most of the surfaces looked like this after they were primed -
The primer covered the surface, but I didn’t worry about black showing through. I just applied it as thinly but evenly as possible.
I let the primer dry about 4-6 hours before I did the first coat of paint. For these cabinets, I followed the Young House Love recommendation and used Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint.
It’s an alkyd paint, which the employee at the paint store described as a mix of oil-based and latex paint; it goes on like latex paint, but hardens like oil-based paint and is supposed to have special self-leveling properties (doesn’t that sound fancy?). It’s specially formulated for cabinets (according to Young House Love), and I followed their lead and used the satin finish for the Benjamin Moore Storm color that we had chosen -
Two important things to note (that the paint store employee highlighted for me) -
- The paint is easy to clean up as long as it is wet. If you let it dry, you have to clean your brushes and supplies like you would after using oil-based paint.
- The paint has a 16 hour dry time. This made our process more drawn-out, as this meant that a coat done in the evening wasn’t dry until the next afternoon.
We painted the bases of the cabinets first and each coat took about between an hour and an hour and a half. Like with the primer, I used a small foam brush to cut in at the walls and around the drawers and crevices, and then I covered the entire surface with the foam roller (with a fresh roller cover). The paint had GREAT coverage so a lot of spots looked very finished after only one coat, even though I made sure to keep the coats very thin. Here is an example of the splotchiness after one coat -
For the drawers, I went back and added paint on the sides of the drawers after the bases were done and I was working on the doors. As you can see in the picture below, the outside of the drawers was looking pretty rough -
So I used some painter’s tape to mark a straight line at about the same place on each of the drawers. I used the foam brush just to cut in at the corner where the side meets the front of the drawer; everywhere else just got two coats of paint with the foam roller.
The impact was more dramatic after I’d added the fresh, white contact paper!
Because of the long drying time, it took longer than I expected to get both coats done on the bases and the doors, but it was worth it! Once the second coat is on, the cure time is 3-5 days. After 3 days, I attached our Ikea Flaglavik handles and knobs -
The next day (4th day of curing), I started re-installing the hardware – I attached the hinge first to the door and then to the base. Because we had labeled everything, it was a breeze went much more quickly than I thought it would.
When the doors were back in place, I couldn’t stop smiling. (Even though I realized that we had the handle on the wrong end of one of the doors! Thankfully it’s a quick fix!) It hardly looks like the same kitchen! But because of the lack of cutting in (there’s a lot of gray paint on the walls) , I’m going to share more detailed shots and less full-kitchen shots. Anyway, here are the finished cabinets -
What do you think? I LOVE them and I smile every time I look at them.
Thank you for letting me share this with you! My hope is that I can help someone avoid some of the mistakes I made the first time around so you can get it right the first time.
Next up… repainting the red walls!
… then counters… then. flooring… then backsplash… all part of the plan!
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