When we moved into our home these cabinets were so orange I couldn’t wait to paint them! But it felt like it was such a big project I put it off for about 3 years..and then decided to do it when I was 8 months pregnant!
To get started I wanted to be prepared so I would search different techniques about how easy it can be using certain products that you don’t need to prime or sand the cabinets, no prep, and everything else.
It seemed too good to be true. So I decided to search actually painting cabinets the RIGHT way.
I wanted the paint to last. The cabinets are in great shape, just orangey oak that I hated. I knew when we do makeover our kitchen, getting rid of the ugly, matching, backsplash, counter and floor, we would always keep these cabinets. So the paint had to last. No skimping here!
I was dreading the whole process but I knew it had to be done. I was also dreading the time it would take to paint the cabinets using a brush and roller.
Being 8 months pregnant, and painting cabinets was not going to be an easy feat. But armed with the right tools (and the best Mom) I could make it a whole lot easier.
Let’s start the process shall we?
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- DeGlosser/Liquid Sander
- Sand Paper
- Ziplock Bags
- Painter’s Tape
- Screw Driver
- HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer
While I was doing my research, one of the things that was being repeated was labeling the hardware as you take it off.
When we took down each cabinet door, we used painters tape to mark the door, and to mark individual Ziplock bags. for the hardware. 1ut = Cabinet 1, Upper Cabinet, Top Hardware.
When all the cabinets were off my Mom used the deglosser on all the cabinets and frames. We actually did 2 coats on each door. We figured it couldn’t hurt and took no time at all. This takes all the shine away. It’s literally a liquid sander. My mom was great. She volunteered to do the inside painting and deglossing because I was pregnant and didn’t want to use a chemical or paint indoors.
I’m sure she appreciates this photo of her deglossing the frames.
After the deglosser dried, I did give the cabinets a really quick sanding just in case.
Now it was primer time and time to set up my paint sprayer.
Home Right has this awesome paint shelter that came in so handy. It kept out the flying bugs, and any debris flying around the yard.
I set it up in the middle of our back yard and I got to work, don’t mind my large preggo belly! Using a paint sprayer you need to thin the paint for even coverage. For the primer I used two coats on each side. I thought they looked pretty good with just the primer!
When choosing which type of paint to go with I choose Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Line of paint. The man at the paint store told me it was awesome. It dries to a rock hard finish and doesn’t need any type of top coat. It’s also slow drying so the finish is smooth with no streaks.
Using a paint sprayer I think is a must do when trying to paint cabinets. I can’t even imagine how long it would take doing them all by hand. Because of the drying time, it took 2 full days to actually paint the cabinets.
I love how much brighter the kitchen is, how it blends more with the rest of my decor. I would love to makeover the whole kitchen, but for now I’m just glad that this task is crossed off my list!
Check out how they lasted one year later…
Click below to see how the kitchen looks now!
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