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DIY Kitchen Makeover – Part I: Painting Kitchen Cabinets
My husband and I bought our home in May 2016.
By September 2017, I was done looking at our bland kitchen.
So, while my husband was away for two weeks, I gave our kitchen a full makeover.
While the husbands away, the wife shall play!
Spoiler alert: he loved it.
This is a kitchen makeover, not remodel.
I kept all cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
But I gave everything a much-needed facelift!
If you only want to know the supplies I used for the cabinets, scroll to the bottom.
For helpful tips, continue reading.
Our cabinets were the traditional pine wood you see in a lot of homes
For this paint project, I chose to use Milk Paint. More specifically, General Finishes Milk Paint This brand can easily be found on Amazon, and comes in a variety of colors. With this paint, both priming and sanding were not necessary. Therefore, if you are using a paint that you must use primer and heavily sand prior to painting, this DIY project may not be helpful for you.
I used no primer and I ever so gently sanded down the cabinets. Also, no stroke marks from the brush! I love this paint!
OK, here we go!
Step 1: Prep the cabinets!
- Remove all cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware
- I suggest using a power drill over a screw driver, this is much faster and less stress on you and your arms!
- Use and label Ziploc bags to store all hardware for safekeeping’s.
- It can get chaotic, you don’t want to miss this step!
- Use one bag for door screws, another for drawer screws, another for hinges, and another for knobs and/or pulls.
- Clean (and if you want to/have to: lightly sand) all cabinet doors and cabinet framing hanging on the walls.
If you chose to sand, clean the cabinets one more time afterwards.
Step 2: It’s time to paint!
After some research, I chose to use General Finishes Milk Paint for the cabinets because of the positive reviews I found — and I couldn’t be happier!
I originally planned to paint all my cabinets white. But after a lot of thought and a lot of Pinterest browsing, I chose to do my upper cabinets in Snow White and my lower cabinets in Queenstown Gray.
This combination is exactly what I envisioned it to be!
Initially I was afraid the Queenstown Gray would be too dark. There are other grey options from this brand of paint, such as Driftwood and Seagull Gray, but the Queenstown Gray ended up being perfect. I’m glad I trusted my instinct and went with the darkest grey.
For both colors, I painted two coats. After the second coat, you will notice quite the difference in coverage. But if you can still see your old cabinet color, go ahead and throw on a third coat! This paint dries fairly quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever in between coats.
If you have enough coverage, you can move on to the protective top coat.
This step is not necessary, but if you have children or pets that are always touching or running into things, this may be beneficial.
Because I loved the paint so much, I chose to use General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. Not enough time has gone by for me to honestly say whether this step really was beneficial, only time will tell. And then I will tell you!
Step 3: Put it all back together again!
Use the labeled Ziploc bags to easily put the cabinets back together again with the correct hinges and screws.
For an even more updated look, purchase new drawer knobs and cabinet pulls! Or, paint over your old hardware to better compliment your newly painted cabinets.
My Supplies List
- Power Drill
- Ziploc bags
- Painter Tape
- Drop clothes
- Paint brush (I prefer to use Purdy Paint Brushes)
- Sand paper (80 and 600 strength)
- Goo Gone Adhesive Remover
- General Finishes Milk Paint: Snow White 1 quart
- General Finishes Milk Paint: Queenstown Gray quart
- General Finishes High Performance Top Coat: FLAT 1 pint
Let me know if you have tried or are planning to try out this paint!