Ready to Paint Your Kitchen White? I can’t even tell you what a HUGE difference this made in taking our kitchen from drab to fab! It was an airy happy kitchen but had dark, sad cabinets… that probably sounds funny ‘What are sad cabinets?’… They were dark, hadn’t been taken care of and were in desperate need of a pick-me-up.
Painting our cabinets white not only made the kitchen look new and bright, but every time we walk into that room, we feel happy too!
WHAT SHADE OF WHITE?
Jury is out here on the best white for your kitchen, but I think it is a matter of personal preference and the essence of the kitchen. Our appliances, which we were not replacing, where bright white. I didn’t want our appliances to stick out and be the highlight of the kitchen, so my goal was to pick a color that made the cabinets and appliances blend together nicely. I brought home a few samples to hold up next to the appliances and picked the color that matched the best. It is always good to take samples home and try them in the light of the room.
In the picture below you can see how the paint we choose made the appliances blend in…
I am a fan of all kinds of paint.. Behr, Val-spar, Sherwin….really as long as it is top of the line brand, preferably is a paint & primer (don’t want to have to repaint a kitchen!) and low or no VOCs. For this project we went with Behr, because, well… Home Depot was right across the street from us!
Step 1: Prep the Cabinets, Doors & Kitchen
- Clean/scrub all cabinets and doors using CLOROX WIPES Great on Kitchen Grease.
- Remove all doors from cabinets as well as the hardware from the doors. Keep all hardware organized. We placed ours in Zip-loc baggies inside of the cabinet it belonged to so it was easy to find and put back on.
- Using PAINTERS TAPE, tape inside and outside of the cabinet. (Sorry, I forgot to take a before photo without primer.)
- Lay PLASTIC FLOOR TARPS throughout the kitchen to catch any paint drips/spills. (Again, didn’t take before photo but this shows how we covered the floor and taped the walls.)
Ok, friends, now you are ready to begin!
Step 2: Sanding Your Cabinets & Doors
- Lay a BIG TARP or PLASTIC FLOOR TARPS on the floor of a well ventilated area such as your garage.
- Set out BOXES or PAINTERS CONES over the tarp. This will be your prepping, priming, painting and drying area for the doors.
- Place doors on BOXES.
- Put on MASK, OPEN WINDOWS/GARAGE & then follow instructions on LIQUID SANDER DEGLOSSER for deglossing the cabinets and the doors.
- After following instructions on Liquid Sander Deglosser, wipe down the cabinets thoroughly with cheese clothe to remove dust particles.
- ***If any of your cabinets or doors NEED REPAIR, repair them BEFORE deglossing using a WOODFILLER and then sanding it down level to the rest of the cabinet/door.
Step 3: Prime Cabinets and Doors
- Place all of the doors on the boxes with the BACK FACING UP. I do this when priming or painting so that on the final coat they are drying face up and are sure not to get marks on the front of the door this way.
- Using ZINSSER PRIMER FOR ALL SURFACES and an ANGELED PAINT BRUSH (pick a BEST quality brush that states it is good for use on Cabinets and Doors and will not leave brush strokes), PAINT CREVASSES on the doors. The angled brush will help you get in the spaces that a roller brush cannot reach. Be sure to make sure there are no drips or excess paint on the door that can puddle or run onto the other side of the door.
- After you paint the crevasses on the door with the angled brush, paint the rest of the door using a HIGH DENSITY FOAM ROLLER that is specifically great for doors and cabinets. Again, be sure to make sure there are no drips or excess paint on the door that can puddle or run onto the other side of the door.
- Repeat this pattern for all doors and follow the drying instructions on the primer.
- Do steps 1-3 in this section on the cabinets as well and allow them to dry per instructions.
- When the backside of the door is completely dry, flip over and repeat these steps for the front side of the door.
- As you wait for the front of the doors to dry, do a second coat of primer on the cabinets.
- Repeat all of these steps until you have at least three coats of primer on the cabinets and BOTH sides of the doors.
- ***Note PAMPERS BABY WIPES are INCREDIBLE at wiping up drips and spills. They must have some kind of ‘magical ingredient’ that takes paint out of carpet and off walls without hurting them. It is awesome!
Step 4: Paint Cabinets & Doors
- Follow the STEP 3: PRIMING CABINETS & DOORS instructions but using a a HIGH QUALITY PAINT & PRIMER PAINT. You might not think you need the PRIMER part of the paint, since you just primed them three times, but I find that if you use it on the cabinets, they will be even stronger and last longer. You should always use the highest quality paint you can to avoid having to redo this paint job again later. (We started priming the cabinet doors in the garage but then snow came (Colorado weather!) and we had to move the doors inside so the paint would dry properly. Do what you gotta do!
- When the cabinets are done drying, apply the hardware to the doors and attach them back to the cabinets.
- Step back and look at the amazing transformation you just achieved!!! Congrats! You are now an official DIYer!
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