I received an e-mail from a reader inquiring about the process of painting my cabinets.
Here is what she said:
My name is Carolyn, I found your blog today, and I must say " I enjoy it". I'm emailing you in hopes of getting some information on the process you followed when repainting your cabinets. I fell out of love with my kitchen cabinets a few years back, I can't afford to replace them, so a new coat of paint is my only option. Any feedback you can provide will be much appreciated. Here's a picture of my kitchen, the cabinets are a maple color (more like a soft pink)...so not me! Looking forward to hearing from you...thanks!
One of my biggest regrets about my cabinets is that I didn't take the time to document what I did. I hope that the information in this post give you a good idea of the steps taken to get my cabinets from this
- Tell your husband that you know what you're doing
- If the first step does not work, wait until he goes to work the next day
- give your cabinets a good cleaning with mild soap to remove any build up from cooking (you know, any grease or whatever)
- Remove cabinet doors and number them(as you can see I don't have many cabinets so I didn't have to number mine). Also, I'm a little lazy and a lot impatient!
- Now it's time to sand. I sanded the "base" cabinets with sand paper sheets like these
7. After you have sanded all of the surfaces, its time to prime
8. As far as primer, I swear by this brand
( A lot of people use Kilz, but I'm a Zinsser Kind of Gal!)
9. When priming, it's good to let the primer dry completely before starting a new coat and sanding between coats.
10. Applicators: I ONLY RECOMMEND USING SPONGE ROLLERS AND BRUSHES IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAND PAINT ANY TYPE OF CABINETS OR FURNITURE that's where these come in the picture
I can not stress that enough. Sponge rollers are your friends (No ladies, not the kind for your hair!).
11. Now remember when I said sand between coats of primer? That is to also ensure a smooth coat. And for that you should use a finer grit like 220 or so
13. I use semi-gloss on my cabinets because its easy to clean. Applying the paint requires the same technique as priming. Apply 1 coat with sponge roller and brush if needed. lightly sand after its dry, and then do a second coat and let it completely dry and your done!
***********DRY TIME FOR ME IS AT LEAST 24 HOURS************
I really hope this helps. It's easier than people may think, but it is time consuming when you already have 3 boys (5 and under) running around wanting to "help"! I would say that my project could have been a week long project, but when you add in being a stay at home mom and a husband who is really not into the DIY thing, it took me a month. But, looking back at the before and after I would do it again!
So what do you think? Is there any other information that would help her out? Come on guys put it out there!!!
Thanks Carolyn for your email!