Hi friends, I received a lot of inquiries about how we went about painting our kitchen cabinets white, so here is peek into our process. I’m going to start out by saying that people recommend not tackling this type of project if it’s your first paint project. Well, that’s what we did and I now understand why…because it is a lot of work and a bit of a learning curve.
PRIMER : Zinsser Cover Stain Primer (oil-based is reommended)- 1 gallon ($16 here)
PAINT : Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Waterborne in White Dove (which is amazing) – We a little over 1 gallon ($70 here) — NOTE: They, unfortunately, discontinue that and now have ADVANCE here in Satin which took us at least 4 coats…
CLEANER : TSP Liquid Cleaner ($5.50 here)
LIQUID SANDER : Liquid Sandpaper/Deglosser ($6 here)
TACK CLOTH : Sticky cloth to pick up dust after sanding ($3 here)
TAPE : Painters tape ($6 here)
WOOD FILLER : Just in case ($6 here)
PATIENCE : Because you may need it
Here’s what we did in our new home (printed a pic with the numbers and then labeled the doors/drawers accordingly with arrows).
TAPE : We taped around the appliances and floor, since we were painting the walls and trim we didn’t have to tape it off ;)
3. FILL : Patch + Fill : Since I was going to do new drawer/door hardware we removed them all (even though we ended up using the original knobs)
4. SAND : We hand-sanded 100grit the cabinets, drawers, and doors, then used the tack cloth and vacuum to remove the dust
5. LIQUID SANDER : Just to be safe we then de-glossed the doors and drawers with liquid sander (gives it a more gritty feel too)
6. PRIME : We setup all the doors on some 2×2 wood (easier for grabbing, arranging, etc). We did one side, all 28 of them + 9 drawers..felt like it took years (and it was only one side of priming)! We have Oak cabinets and some say that oak grain comes through quite a bit. I’ve read you can use DryDex Spackling to smooth it out, but that’s an extra step I did not want to do. We took the risk and only did one coat of primer and just did 2 coats of paint…and prayed it would look good (it did :)
7. SAND : After you prime the drawers, the cabinets, and both sides of the doors we used the 220grit sandpaper to smooth out the brush strokes. Again, use tack cloth and a shop vac to remove all dust.
8. PAINT : We did the same process, did one side of the doors, did a coat on drawers, did the cabinets in the kitchen, and then again did the other side of the doors.
8. SAND : We did one final light sand on the first coat of paint, again use the tack cloth to remove any dust.
9. PAINT x2 : This was our final coat of paint, so on the doors we did the back side first (so when we flipped it to do the next side, the back would be on the bottom, in case it left any marks from sitting on the 2″x2″ boards), painted the drawers, and then did the final coat on the cabinets in the kitchen.’
10. CURE : We let is cure for 5 days to harden and set the paint, they say you should do this just in case you hit it while trying to put them up.
11. ASSEMBLE : Now it was time to put them back up! Which was pretty easy considering we had the hinges on, we simply had to just attach doors and screw back in. We kept the same brushed nickel knobs and bought new pulls for the drawer.
I hope this makes sense, but if you have any questions let me know..or if I seemed to miss a step!