Friday, October 21, 2016

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

I didn't realize how big of a difference the cabinets made until I saw the before and after pictures of painting.
We replaced the white tiles in our kitchen (retiling post here), and then added a red brick wall. The tile darkened the room and then the brick crashed with the cabinet color. One thing led to another and we decided to lighted the cabinets with white paint. 

We did a lot of research on paint and how to get the best results on our cabinets. It was a TON of work, but we are both so happy with the result. 

We started with cleaning the cabinets with Mineral Spirits. We cleaned and let them dry, then wiped them again with just water and let them dry some more. We had to do some more touch up cleaning but then they were ready for paint. 

We bought milk paint in antique white from General Finishes. It can be found on Amazon here. We first bought a quart of the paint (here) to test it out. Once we knew liked it we bought one more gallon and that was enough to cover all of our cabinets. 

Make sure to only use foam rollers and brushes (for cracks) as they don't leave streaks. However, if possible, use a spray gun. Rolling them took FOREVER! It took us 3 coats of paint to get the perfect cover on each cabinet. 

When the paint was dry and had all 3 coats, we followed up with the General Finishes Topcoat. We found this on Amazon here. Again, we did another 3 coats of topcoat. We needed 2 quarts of the Topcoat.

To the island, we added bead board before painting. We also added a baseboard and enclosed the toe kick. 

The final result is smooth, clean and gorgeous. We love how they look. 

We finished the look with satin nickle handles for all the drawers and knobs for the doors. We found them all again, on Amazon. The knobs are here, and handles here.

In the end, the total cost of the cabinet remodel was:
1 Quart and 1 Gallon of Milk Paint- $114
2 Quarts TopCoat- $64
10 knobs- $17
10 handles- $24
Bead board- $40
Baseboard- $25

Total Cost- $284