When we bought our house two years ago, my first big project was painting the kitchen cabinets.
It was a long process but it turned out to make a huge difference in my kitchen. It cost about $40 in paint, plus the rollers and brushes and etcetera, etcetera. The only problem with doing this project was that, like I said, it was my first. When we bought the house, the kitchen had to be completely gutted, along with having multiple other projects going on at the same time. In the midst of all that chaos, my pretty new paint job was scratched even before I was able to reattach the doors to the cabinets.
We were also planning to one day replace some of the drawer fronts that were broken, which that never happened. So we’ve been living with a hodge podge mess of a kitchen. At the time, we had to move onto other more important projects in the house, so the kitchen has been on the back burner for a while.
today I attempt to restore my kitchen cabinets to their former glory, and (hopefully) use my more developed DIY knowledge to do a better job this time!
One thing I learned from my previous attempt at painting the cabinets is that I needed to caulk the seams. I didn’t do this last time, and when the weather changed, the paint split at the seam. Now I know that caulk fills in this gap, and is able to stretch and shrink with the weather. It also makes for a seamless finish.
On the cabinets that I had not painted at all yet, I first put on a coat of Kilz to make sure my paint would stick without any problem.
Caulked and primed:
Then I sanded that primer to get a smooth coat. I used 220. It’s a fine sand paper that says it’s used for sanding before final coats, but I find it is easier to control and gives a better finish overall.
Last time I used a sand paper that was more rough, and it took off way more paint than I wanted, especially at the edges of the cabinet. When sanding the grooves, go very light and tear off a small piece. This helps with only sanding where you mean to sand, and not taking off too much in other areas. I wiped the door down to remove the dust.
This is the paint I am using. It’s Sherwin Williams paint called ProClassic.
It’s in the color Westhighland White. I use this white for all my white paint in the house. Doors, trim, walls, cabinets. Although for other applications, I sometimes have Home Depot color match it. For cabinets I’m not going to risk skimping on paint quality. I used the same paint last time as well and they have held up pretty well. It has enamel to harden the paint and protect against heavy use. It also has a self-leveling agent to help hide imperfections in the surface you’re painting on. This time I think I will finish with a water-based polyurethane just to give it that extra strength though.
I painted the inner grooves first with a paint brush.
then the outer part with a foam roller.
and went back to touch up any spots.
here it is after the first coat.
When it’s dry I will sand again, wipe it down, and do a second coat.
I’m literally waiting for paint to dry…
Check back later for Part Two!