There are plenty…P.L.E.N.T.Y!!! of tutorials in the blog world and pinned on Pinterest on how to paint your kitchen cabinets. I am not about to post another one. Two reasons why…1) I’m not a professional painter and 2) I didn’t take pictures. haha BUT…I do have some tips for you DiY kitchen cabinet painters. Here they are in no particular order.
Know it will take time to paint the kitchen. It took me two weeks to get mine complete. This was me doing it by myself, pretty much all day long just about everyday. My small pantry took 10 hours to do. Just so you know. It may be a good idea to pick a couple of weeks where you know not much is going on.
Your kitchen, your house…shoot-your life will be a mess! Here is proof.
Quality paint is a must! I am all for decorating on a dime, but sometimes quality must trump cheap. The saying “you get what you pay for” applies here! Not only should you invest in good quality paint, but rollers and brushes as well. It will be cheaper in the end. I used this…
You can go here to find your local dealer. It cost me $19.95 for a quart and it took me 2 quarts (1 white and 1 blue) to paint my cabinets. I didn’t paint a lot of the inside of the cabinets, so if you choose to paint the inside it will take more. I used regular paint for the walls and windows. (Satin for the walls and semi-gloss for windows and the pantry door.) Note: I did my bathroom cabinets outside on a windy day and it dried too quickly and didn’t have a chance to level out. I recommend painting indoors, or at least in a garage if possible.
Make sure you want the color you chose. I picked the wrong blue. It was too pale for me. That meant I had to spend another $19.95 for another can of paint, but I’m glad I didn’t stick with the blue I had at first. It wasn’t bad, but not at all what I wanted. The extra money is worth it to my husband to have to not listen to me complain for the next 20 years.
Prime, Prime, Prime! I also painted our guest bathroom and learned so much before I got to the kitchen. The man who sold us the paint said we didn’t need to prime. Blogs were telling me I needed to. If your gut tells you to prime, then prime away! I wasted expensive paint because I had to put 4 coats of paint on to cover everything. In the kitchen, I put on 2 coats of primer then 2 coats of paint. Primer is cheaper than paint!
Sand, Sand, Sand! I can not stress this enough if you are using a roller. The paint I told you is a special paint that will level itself out so it looks sprayed on, but only if you sand in between every coat of primer and paint. Note: I couldn’t afford to buy a paint sprayer, which is why I’m telling you this. Still, sand between every coat. I used 400 grit.
Use a good quality sponge roller. Yes, this paint is supposed to level out and not leave brush marks, but I still had marks when I used a brush. My cabinets are raised panels. I used the brush for the raised edges and the roller for the flat surfaces. Again, I can’t stress enough the need for good quality and for it to be a sponge roller. Oh and make sure the brush and roller are the right size for the job. A 2 inch brush and a 6 inch roller were perfect for me.
Plan for quick and easy dinners. I did a post about this. You can check it out here.
Tackle another job while waiting for paint to dry. It’s not just the cabinets that you will paint. You will probably paint the walls as well. Take down any wall paper or border you may have up. Go ahead and prime the walls if needed. Work on the pantry.
What God taught me through the painting process. 1) His work on me takes time. 2) Sometimes my life is a mess and needs to be for Him to do His work. 3) He uses good quality on me. He gave everything for me, including His life. 4) He knows His plans for me and doesn’t make mistakes. 5) He primes and sands, primes and sands and primes and sands. I have so many rough spots that need so much work! 6) He tackles more than one thing at a time in my heart. He is always at work, patiently waiting for me to learn and apply.
Those are my tips! Hope they help you!