Sunday, January 13, 2013

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

After begging, pleading, and tricking my husband, I finally got my wish and got the go ahead to paint the kitchen cabinets!!!  We have lived in this house for 1.5 years and I have wanted to paint them since day 1!!!  This house needed a make over from head to toe (and still does) but every improvement I did to this house, made these atrocious poop brown cabinets stand out even more.  In my eyes even if I screwed up the paint job and had drip marks and brush strokes everywhere, it couldn't possibly be worse than what it was.  I don't really feel like I need to do a big tutorial because there are SO many cabinet painting tutorials out there.  The quick run down of what I did was.....

 Lightly sanded everything down with electric hand sander, wiped it all down and then did 3 (because I was determined for it not to chip) thin coats of primer then I waited 24 hours and painted my cabinets with a color match of BM White Dove in Cabinet Finish paint.  I waited 7 hours between each coat and I applied 3 coats.  I waited 24 hours then hung everything back up!  I also primed and painted all my hardware with oil rubbed bronze paint.  I didn't feel like the Oil Rubbed Bronze paint really looked like oil rubbed bronze, it looked like a speckled black, so I got some metallic craft paint in copper and rubbed that on and now no one would know they were even painted, it looks great.  However, I do not like the look and shape of my hardware, it looks way too dated, so I ordered some pulls on amazon and I am still waiting to get them.  I will also put them on the drawers too so they don't look so plain! I love love love how much brighter and happy my kitchen feels!!!!

This is the before pic



And just so you have a full view of my kitchen, this is the other corner where our breakfast nook is...

I still have some decorating to do but I am so so much happier in my kitchen now!!  If this house wasn't a transitional home, I would think of installing new countertops and a new sink and faucet too, but it isn't worth the time and $$$ as we will be selling in a few years and we don't want to price ourselves out of this old neighborhood by doing granite and apron sinks ect.......Yay for a lighter kitchen

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  1. The white and yellow paint really brighten up your kitchen. It looks so fresh and clean! Very cute too!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  2. Super cute! Looks so much better!

  3. Looks amazing! I am like you and constantly convincing my hubby to let me change our home!! Your effort went a long way!!!!

  4. Good girl to plead your way into that pretty kitchen! It looks great. I've just finished painting my cabinets and can't believe how much more cheery and light my small room feels!

  5. Fantastic job! What a difference paint makes. Your kitchen and breakfast area looks so light, bright and airy. Thank you for sharing this at my Silver Pennies Sunday link party!

  6. Nice! We are about to paint our cabinets, too, and I can't wait. We're going for red on the bottom and cream on the top. Your looks so much bigger and brighter than your before pics!

  7. Wow! See the difference? Splendid! It’s great that your husband allowed you to paint the kitchen. So, did he react after seeing the results? He must be so amazed. Your pleading was not wasted, and when you continue your renovation, I know your husband won’t be against you in any way.

    Keaton Oakes

  8. That looks wow!! great work great look of the kitchen now.
    eco friendly house painting

  9. I am house hunting right now and I am so excited about having a new kitchen that I have arelady picked my new kitchen cabinets Toronto when I do not have yet a house in mind! Now I have even more motivation though!
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  10. Hey I was just thinking of you and thought I'd check out your blog. So happy that you finally got to paint the cabinets! They look great!

  11. Yay for the lighter kitchen indeed! It's nice that you finally did one of the house renovations you've wanted to do. Your kitchen looks new and fresh. Now, you'll have more fun and easier time preparing food for your family. Cheers!
    Pro Master

  12. I'm sure your husband never regretted giving his permission to paint those cabinets. Hehe! You've done a great job on this project! Even your breakfast nook is superb! One and a half years of waiting for this project is all worth it, right? It's almost been a year now and I wonder if you've made more changes in your kitchen. Hope you'll tell me some. Thanks! :)

    Traci Lawson @


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