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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

I am continuing my therapy by sharing the rest of our power paint party.  Don’t be fooled by the party part, no one was enjoying themselves!

You can see the kitchen transformation here.

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When we remodeled the kitchen a few years ago, we added an island.

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Unfortunately, it was attacked by mold, so I needed to paint this and thought it would look good in a different color.  The cabinets, appliances and backsplash are all white.  I used my homemade gray chalk paint.

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What is worse than painting cabinets?  Painting them twice!

Before I arrived at the homemade chalk paint, I primed the doors and drawers.  One coat of paint on the drawers and I got smart…chalk paint to the rescue.

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Could we fit more crap on the island?  Please excuse the mess.

The kitchen cabinets are white on the outside and matching chalk paint gray on the inside.

What have I learned?

  • When painting kitchen cabinets – remove the cabinet doors and all hardware (hinges too).
  • Number each cabinet.
  • When using latex paint plan to sand/prime/sand/paint 2 coats.
  • I would absolutely use a sprayer on the doors!  We used a brush and a roller and could not get in all the grooves.  The brush left marks.
  • There is a MOLD treatment that is designed to be mixed into a gallon of paint.  It prevents mold and mildew and is available at the home improvement stores in the paint dept.
  • Depending on the size of your kitchen, plan for at least 1 week to paint.  Probably 2 weeks from start to finish.
  • Having the right tools makes all the difference!  Invest in the proper equipment.
  • I also learned that we are all capable of making a bad situation better. 
  • I am really pleased with the kitchen!  I may not have tackled it otherwise.

Homemade Chalk Paint:

  • Sample pot of paint
  • 2 Tbsp. Non-Sanded Grout
  • Stir and add water as needed.

For this project I used:

  • 1 Quart FLAT paint
  • 18 Tbsp. Non-Sanded Grout
  • Water as needed.

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I look forward to getting up there for a little R&R!

PS- Thanks for the messages!  I hope when we sell this place the new owners realize that everything has been fixed, resolved and is new.


Days of Chalk and Chocolate


Jacqueline said...
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Jacqueline said...

I love your kitchen makeover! I also like the bead-board around the island I need to do something like that to ours. Its amazing what paint can do. I would love for you to share this at my link party!

Kim @ OPC's The Better Half said...

Really nice transformation. The kitchen looks much airier now! I too like the beadboard around the island. I also just saw a beadboard backsplash on another site that looked pretty nice too.

Anonymous said...

Love the new color! Could I ask what kind and color of paint you used...its a great color!

Also, you mentioned to spray the doors, but then you used chalk paint. Since you can't spray chalk paint...what did u do? Linda

Polly said...

lookin good! tell me, if all that's added is water and grout, why is chalk paint so darn expensive????!!!!

The Painted Parlor said...

You poor thing! Looks like sooo much work, but if it makes you feel any better it looks sooo much better! :)

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!! The kitchen is the heart of the home and you and your family sure put your heart, plus your blood, sweat and tears into it, too! What's this about future buyers????

Jamie said...

Wow - what a project. I'm going to paint cabinets some days soon, I need to remember your tips.

Emily said...

Wow! Amazing what a little white paint will do. Looks so much better!

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Awesome !!! Really looks like wooden. Amazing tutorial! thank you very much.

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North East Factory Direct said...

Truly beautiful! Love everything – from your kitchen,You did an amazing job. 

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Just found your site and I love it!and you really did a beautiful job! I love how bright & fresh everything looks. thanks

Poulin Design Center said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful! I know you are so proud of it! thanks for sharing and keep sharing more blogs.

Zeel Kitchens Designs said...

Lovely! The kitchen is the core of the home and you and your family beyond any doubt put your heart on it. Thanks for sharing this one. Keep blogging.

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