If you have been following along then you know that I've been giving my old/new kitchen a face lift. It was time to say bye to that builder grade oak.
We we walked into our home I knew right away these cabinets had to go.
I wanted them gone ripped out and planted on the lawn of the builders that always feel it's necessary to plague our homes with such horrid pieces.
As a DIY'er there is nothing a little paint can't fix, right? If I was only rich enough to redesign the kitchen and get beautiful cabinets and granite counter tops. (Oh OK! done dreaming) Back to work.
Off came the knobs and down came the doors. This is where hubby came in and did all the sanding. Old cabinets are covered with everything from hand oils to greasy smoke residue to petrified sauce, You've got to get all that off or the paint won't stick."
After sanding and whipped everything down dust free, next is a very important step.
PRIME YOUR CABINETS!!!
PRIME YOUR CABINETS!!!PRIME YOUR CABINETS!!!
I hope I got my point across. I knew I had to prime and in my excitement of getting started guess what? I FORGOT to PRIME MY CABINETS.
Don't be scared I will show you what you can do if that happens. So, let's get painting.
I've searched for many colors and has several conversations with some of my bloggy friends and Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule gave me the suggestion to use Benjamin Moore's Bittersweet Chocolate. I absolutely love this color. Thanks, Nancy!!!
All I used was a foam roller two different sizes and a Wooster 2" angled brush. I doubt I would use a foam roller again. I will spend the extra couple dollars on a nice roller, I thinking they leave a better finish. Also my hubby prefers to tape everything but my steady little artist hand does not use tape to cut in or do trim. Yes! I am that good and am proud to shout it out ;-)
Since we were not living in the house at the time of painting the cabinets it took some time to get it done. It really was a pain in the backside going back and forth between houses. But, the cabinets are starting to look good.
See where my hubby put tape and see where I didn't? Yep! I had to retouch where he pulled the tape off. One day he will learn I know best. LOL
He really just needs to stick to singing and leave me and my hands to the handy work. :-)
We left everything sit for about a week to really cure before we put doors on and drawers back in. Now here comes the problem when you forget the primer. Every little nick to the cabinets will chip the paint right off. So, unless you are that good to never bump your cabinets, you will have quite the chipping going on.
A couple coats of the Polyacrylic and you are good to go.
We added new hardware and now have beautiful cabinets that really updated our kitchen.
The before & afters just amaze me how paint and some new hardware can make such a difference in a room.
Now that hubby worked so hard, I guess he deserves a break. (It was tough sanding)
Next we get rid of the wall color.
Again I want to thank all my guests that helped give my readers something to "drool" over while I was moving. If you haven't had a chance to see the great DIY, Crafts, or Recipes, please do. These bloggers are amazing at what they do.
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