|Southern Accents Magazine|
|Better Homes and Gardens|
See all of those glass doors and the white interiors behind the glass? Not fun. I also once helped a friend paint her cabinets, so this time I felt like I knew what I was doing.
|The Turkish rug that used to be in our foyer.|
|This odd corner has a lot of dead space so I have filled it with small appliances that don't fit anywhere else.|
|This is the cabinet you see when you enter the kitchen. I am thinking about hanging a picture or memo board here.|
|oil rubbed bronze hardware|
|Its hard to see, but the fabric fits the room perfectly.|
- Remove all cabinet doors and hardware before painting. This takes a while but the results will be worth it. I did cheat on the big pantry doors and they took twice as long as the other doors to paint.
- Clean everything with a good degreaser.
- Lightly sanding won't hurt but you can skip it if you use Zinsser Bulls Eye All Surface Primer. I have used this in the last two kitchens I painted and it works very well.
- Paint the back sides of your cabinets first. This way when you flip them in between coats, any imperfections as a result of the flipping won't be on the front side, as it will get the last coat.
- Use a mini roller that is made for smooth finishes (I picked up a couple at the Benjamin Moore Store
- Lay cabinets flat to paint and prop them up with cups or cans. That way you'll be able to paint the sides and keep an eye on drips (which will form).
- Do not let family members help, that way the only person to blame for imperfections will be you.
- Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this project. You have to wait for coats to dry, it will take multiple coats, and unless you have a huge indoor space to lay out all of your doors; you'll have to paint in phases.
- Use a good quality brush, not a roller, to apply primer.
- Be prepared to do some touch up work (there will be spots you missed) when you hang the cabinet doors back up.
- Apply little felt pads to the corners of your doors so that they don't stick to the cabinet frame.