Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kitchen Remodel Part 1: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

When my husband and I first bought our house, we were determined to update the kitchen as soon as possible. It was the biggest eyesore in the house. Our house was built in the 70s and the kitchen was original (we think!) to that time. It had green countertops, and light honey-colored cabinets....and almond-colored appliances (which we are currently still using). Our budget was enough that we could replace all the cabinets, so we decided on the more cost efficent way of updating - painting the cabinets.

After doing a ton of research on the internet and talking to professionals at the paint store, I decided to go with a really good quality primer, that doesn't require any sanding. I was hesitant at first, but I'm so glad I gave it a try! It saved me hours of sanding and stripping varnish!

It's called Zinsser BIN Primer and you can buy it at Home Depot. The fumes are kind of strong and I would suggest wearing a mask and priming your cabinets outdoors if space allows. I did the priming in my garage with the door open because our daughter was little at the time. The back of the can says to wait 24 hours between coats, and I did two coats with a foam roller.

Next, I did three coats of my paint, front and back, allowing them to dry 4 hours in between coats. This part is very time consuming but keep in mind, you are saving yourself hundreds of dollars! I used a foam roller for this step as well.

The paint I chose was from Sherwin Williams, ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel. It's made for doors and trim and it fires really hard so that your cabinet doors won't stick to the cabinet base.

The finished result turned out great! When people visit our house they give us so many compliments on the cabinets. Next on our list was replacing the countertops. Goodbye green!

My husband (with my dad's help) cut the quartz counters himself. We bought them wholesale from a local place called Floor and Decor. They cost $499 per slab and we needed two. Joseph used his circular saw with a special blade especially for cutting quartz and granite. He used a guide clamped in place to make the cuts perfectly straight, while my dad added water.

The white countertops really brightened up the space! Oh and I forgot to mention earlier that I applied the same technique on the bases of the cabinets as I did on the doors and drawers: two coats of primer and three coats of paint.

For our island countertop we went with a butcher block counter from IKEA. Our island is really large to we had to buy two countertops and join them together. We did this with our Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Then we sanded it to take off the finish and stained it using Cabot Wood Stain in Smoked Paprika. We did three coats of stain, each layer makes the result a little deeper in color. We sealed it with Waterlox.

As I mentioned earlier, we haven't replaced our old appliances yet, that's on our TO-DO list, along with new light fixtures. But I'd say the Kitchen is much prettier than it was before!


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