On Monday, I shared the first pics of my painted kitchen cabinets on the stove wall. It took me a long time to get them from dark, reddish cabinets to creamy white and I’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I’d share.
I painted my builder grade bathroom vanity 2 years ago but I’ve never painted kitchen cabinets before and, let me tell you, it’s one tough job.
There are so many tutorials online on painting kitchen cabinets, but I thought I’d just quickly skim through a few steps and share some tips.
The first thing I did was to remove the cabinet doors and drawers on the stove wall. As I removed each door, I took it into the basement and removed the hardware and hinges. I put that one door’s hardware in a labeled sandwich bag (with a location and number) and zipped it up. That same number was also put in the hinge holes of the door, because they would not be painted.
Once all of my doors were removed and numbered, I used a high grit sandpaper and sanded the front and back of each. Then I used a mixture of TSP and warm water to thoroughly wipe down the door to remove the dust from sanding and grease from cooking.
Once dry, I primed one side, waited for that to dry, lightly sanded, wiped it down to remove the dust, and applied one coat of paint using BM White Dove. In the end, each side of the cabinet door received 1 coat of primer, 3 coats of paint and lots of sanding in between.
A quick note about primer…because I have used this paint before, I knew that it took several coats to cover well so, hoping to cut out at least one extra coat, I got my primer tinted in the same color as my paint. It doesn’t cost extra and I didn’t have to worry about covering up a bright white color.
Some online tutorials state that you don’t need to sand between coats, but I’m not taking any chances that the finish on my newly painted cabinets doesn’t last. I’d rather do the job right the first time so I don’t have to redo it in a year. Hopefully my diligence pays off and, if it doesn’t, you’ll be the first to know. 😉
I didn’t use any special painting techniques, just a brush to paint the inset panels, working carefully to not spread my paint too thin but not letting it puddle. Then I used a small roller to cover everything else. I let that dry for at least 24 hours (usually longer) and then I would lightly sand, wipe away the dust and paint again…X3.
Painting the cabinets was a much easier task. I followed the same steps with sanding, cleaning, priming, sanding and painting, but I had to add a step of filling staple holes with wood putty and sanding once dry, something that I didn’t have to do with the doors and drawers. Have I told you how much I love to sand (she says as she rolls her eyes)?
The results were a beautiful and smooth finish. I believe that the paint I’m using is really the reason why, Benjamin Moore Advance White Dove in a satin finish. It bills itself as a paint that “offers the application and performance of oil based paint”, but cleans up with soap and water. It does take a little longer to dry and cure, but the finish of it is beautiful. BTW, this is not a sponsored post and I paid for my own paint, which is a bit pricey, but I love the finish and durability I get with it. I’ve used it on all of my trim and doors, as well as my bathroom vanity, which gets bumped a lot in our small bathroom, so I know it really holds up.
We may have the stove wall cabinets done and looking good but the cabinets by the sink are calling my name. If you need me, I’ll be in the basement sanding and painting.
Have you ever painted your kitchen cabinets? Any tips you care to share?