If you are one of my neighbors you have seen my in my garage, covered in paint, nearly in tears. I have finally finished painting my kitchen cabinets! Are you ready to see them?
Wait! Not yet... first let's see what my kitchen used to look like...
It would have been an easy decision if my house weren't only 5 years old. And my cabinets are a nice alder. Some people though I was off my rocker! What if it didn't work out?
Centsational Girl: Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Starter Home to Dream Home: NO Fear Way to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets
(I even stole my wall color from her - Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams)
Better After has lots of great painting help too
This is the best info I found to help me. I also visited my local Sherwin Williams store and consulted a neighbor who painted his way through college.
Top Things I Learned:
1. You don't have to use oil-based paint to get a hard, professional finish. I used an 100% acrylic paint and it is awesome. It will cost about $50 a gallon (wait for the sale). This was important to me because my baby was only two months old and I didn't want those fumes!
2. Prime! Cleaning and priming is key. I use the Sherwin Williams Adhesive Primer, which they recommended for this project and I am glad I did. I also sanded, scrubbed, sanded, scrubbed before I primed.
3. Use a Flow-Leveling Additive. I used X-I-M Latex Extender. It works like a charm to get rid of brush strokes.
4. I also learned some serious patience! There were times I wished I had never started this project and wondered if it would really be worth it. I read on others blogs who had undertaken similar things that it was so difficult but they would do it again in a heartbeat. I wondered if this could possibly be true. But you know what? It is. I hated it while I was doing it but I love it now!
Now, the moment you have been waiting for...
So? What do you think? Has this been on your mind? Do you dare to do it? Have you already done it? I must know!