It has been chaos in here! We have been painting and doing minor improvements to our house. Since we have some financial goals to achieve this year (like, I might be going to Uruguay this year! yay! I’ll tell you later WHY) our updates involve the most economical method: PAINT. Our kitchen was outdated, our house is 16 years old and that oaky-orangey color, plus dirt and grease, were driving me nuts. I always dreamed of a white kitchen and subway tile…our kitchen is not very big so painting the walls a lighter color and the cabinets White Dove white made a BIG difference! Today I will be sharing the method we used to painting them. I know, there are a gazillion tutorials, but this is what worked for us. Trust me, I researched this for over 2 years thinking if I dared to do it and if the job was going to turn out nice. It actually turned out great so I am glad we did it.
The first step is removing all doors and hinges. I was lucky that my hinges are on the inside and are not seen. I numbered the doors starting from right to left and then from bottom left to bottom right and I wrote a number in the space where the hinges go. I used ziploc bags to put all the hardware in and numbered them. Trust me, you WANT to do this, otherwise you will go insane trying to figure out which hinge go in which door.
After that I removed everything from the cabinets and stored them in boxes. I could not believe how much junk I had, I threw away a lot of stuff that was unnecessary or that we barely used. WARNING: your house will be a MESS! Make sure you eat take out and have a lot of cereal on hand! haha!
Yes, my daughter decided to bring her toys upstairs too, see the play washing machine?
Cover everything! There will be a lot of spills and dust!
Clean them really good. You will find gross stuff! We used TSP diluted in water. Sorry if this makes you barf…ewwwwwwwwww
This is the worst step of all: sanding! I know there are other tutorials out there that say they did not sand them and just used a really good primer like BIN or one of the Zinsser ones. I decided to do this even though it was going to take us longer. This enhances primer adhesion even more so why not? You will be covered in dust. After you sand, vacuum and clean them really well. We used an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper first, then 320 for in between coats. Yes, if you thought you were done sanding on the first step…nope! But I promise the results are great!
The painting starts-FINALLY-!
We painted a couple of coats with a GOOD primer. We used one from Valspar that adheres to anything. It is formulated for cabinetry. Let dry for at least 8 hours. 24 hrs is better but if you are as impatient as me you can try the 8…