After two long, grueling weeks I am happy to report that we have transformed our dated, worn kitchen into something closely resembling a Fixer Upper episode! Right off the bat i’d rate this as a very easy project as far as skill level goes. If you have any experience with rolling paint, you’ll find that this is a project you’re definitely capable of.
Months and months before we began this project I had been doing a lot of research on painting cabinets in general. In our old home I had intentions of painting our kitchen cabinets and trim, but instead plans changed and we ended up in a new home!
Pinterest can be overwhelming at times and I found there were many different techniques to painting cabinets. One method I kept seeing repeatedly involved using Sherwin Williams products, so we decided to go that route. The specific paint type we needed was not at our beloved Lowe’s Home Improvement, so we had to go Sherwin Williams themselves, and I am SO glad we did!
If you are doing this project on a budget, be sure to wait and buy your primer and paint when they have a sale going on – they regularly mark everything down 40%. The best way to find out about their deals is to sign up for their email list here.
We went to multiple locations around the area, but every location had very friendly, smart, and helpful staff. We were able to ask questions, get opinions, and know exactly what we needed to do to complete a successful project. I highly recommend them if you’re ever going into a project you haven’t completed before and need some help.
Let’s dive in!
1 | Remove your Cabinet Doors & Hardware
If you plan on replacing the hardware on your cabinets like we did, go ahead and throw your old hardware away. Keep the screws – we were able to reuse the screws to attach our new hardware at the end. put these screws somewhere safe, and be sure to label them.
Label your cabinets. We used painters tape and corresponded numbers on the doors with numbers left in the shelf they covered. This will be helpful when going to hang your doors back up.
Gently remove your doors from the hinges, then hinges from the door. Keep the hinges and screws in a safe place – you will also need these to put your cabinets back up at the end! Again I recommend labeling these in a sealed bag to keep them safe.
It’s not necessary to completely sand off an entire layer of your cabinets, but you want to rough them up really well with some sandpaper to allow the primer to stick. We did as much as we could in our garage – we took 2 long wooden beams with buckets on both ends of the set to make a stand to work on the doors while working on the structural part of the cabinets in the kitchen.
Wherever you end up painting your cabinets make sure it’s in an area that can either get dirty or be prepared to lay a bunch of newspaper or a drop cloth. If you’re anything like me you’ll make a mess! Also be sure that your workspace is well ventilated – the primer especially is intense.
3 | Prime Time! We used this.
There is nothing worse to paint with than an oil based product. However, that’s what SW recommended for us to use on the cabinets to ensure that the paint would last and withstand the amount of use our kitchen gets. Looking back the only change I would make throughout our entire process is purchasing the spray primer as opposed to buying a gallon jug and rolling on the primer. Literally the worst, especially when trying to coat every single little crevice on your cabinets. We did two coats of primer on our cabinets – the more primer you paint on, the less wood grain texture you see through the paint, so determine how you’d like your cabinets to look ahead of time.
4 | The Paint – we used this.
Per the recommendation of SW, we decided to go with their ProClassic option in the color Pure White. Given that this is an acrylic paint, we had a much easier time rolling it onto the larger surfaces and using a sponge brush to get the crevices. Due to the light color of our paint, we did three coats of paint total, plus some touching up once we installed the doors back in the kitchen.
5 | Reinstall your Doors
Give your doors at least 24 hours to dry before installing, and when you go to install your cabinets be very gentle and mindful that the paint still must dry completely. I equate this to the awful time I have after getting my nails painted. Can you tell patience was never a skill of mine?
Dig out the hinges and screws you carefully put away at the beginning of this project, and get to installing! Be patient, and be sure you put your doors back on exactly where they’re supposed to go.
To keep dings from happening, we put bumper pads to lessen the impact of the doors on the frames.
6 | Install new Hardware
I have to give Kevin credit for this – he spent hours scouring the internet to find the best deal on door handles. We knew we wanted a farmhouse feel with simplistic handle pulls, so we went with these.
We were very happy with the finished product! Check it out: