The DIY Doghouse
The DIY Doghouse
  • Hometalker
  • Langhorne, PA

Kitchen Cabinet Update

3 Materials
$250
3 Days
Medium

NEW on Hometalk: You can now hire me to help you recreate this project! Need some guidance to make sure your cabinets come out perfectly? Book me for a one-on-one video session now.

One of my very best friends wanted to give her kitchen a complete overhaul and it was nothing short of spectacular! The kitchen was in excellent shape, so there was no reason to get new cabinets. They just needed a fresh look!
kitchen cabinet update
Here’s the kitchen before the reno.
kitchen cabinet update
kitchen cabinet update
The cabinets are a gorgeous solid wood. This is their natural color and it had a clear coat glaze on top to seal the wood. This is a great sized kitchen with A LOT of cabinets! (You’re going to be slayed by the transformation!)

If you’re going to paint your cabinets, the first step is removing the hardware. My friend did that before these pictures were taken. Next, removing all of the cabinet faces from the wall.
kitchen cabinet update
kitchen cabinet update
Don’t worry about emptying the cabinets! There’s no reason to do that unless you’re going to paint the inside. Which is up to you, but might be more trouble than it’s worth!

After removing all of the cabinets and drawers, we took them outside and sanded them down. I used a 120 grit paper on my sander. A lower grade (harsher sand paper) might work faster, but it will not give you a smooth finish. We laughed and cried a little at how long this took us. My friend thought it would be an hour, I said, “no way, it’ll be more like 3 hours.” Well, it ended up taking us just over 5 hours to sand everything. That’s 10 man hours total. If you’re going to paint your cabinets, you’ll need to dig deep. Pro Tip: Do this DIY with someone you enjoy spending time with! It’ll go by faster 
kitchen cabinet update
kitchen cabinet update
Here’s a before and after of a drawer face that I sanded. You can see the difference in the color of the wood once the glaze was removed. The surface was entirely smooth and almost ready to be painted!
kitchen cabinet update
Depending on what kind of hardware you choose, you might need to fill the holes. My friend decided to go with some new hardware and switched from a knob with one anchor,  to a drawer pull with two. You’ll need a flexible joint knife and wood filler to do this.
kitchen cabinet update
Take a dab of the wood filler and push it into the hole. The take the joint knife and smooth it out, just like if you were spackling a wall. Do this on both sides of the cabinet or drawer.
kitchen cabinet update
kitchen cabinet update
The   is available on Amazon and I have only excellent things to say about it. This was my first time using it and I literally could not believe how far 32 oz of this paint goes. For the entire kitchen we only used 3 of them. The paint goes on thin and smooth but is heavy enough that you only need two coats.
kitchen cabinet update
When the cabinet faces are drying, you’ll need to go back and paint the cabinet frames. Once everything is dry, you’ll need to seal the cabinets with a protective finish. My friend used  . This will protect against general wear and chipping. It will also create an easy to clean surface.

When you’re all done, you can add your hardware and hang the doors back up! I recommend using a hardware guide to expedite the process and more importantly, please your OCDs.
This difference is unbelievable! Those are the same floors! The same space! The same cabinets! The white is so brilliant, it makes it feel like a completely different room. You can basically do cartwheels in this kitchen now. I can’t explain it. But it’s glorious. Just look at it!
kitchen cabinet update
This difference is unbelievable! Those are the same floors! The same space! The same cabinets! The white is so brilliant, it makes it feel like a completely different room. You can basically do cartwheels in this kitchen now. I can’t explain it. But it’s glorious. Just look at it!
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info
The DIY Doghouse

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

3 of 53 questions
  • Deb Godek
    on Feb 24, 2018

    Awesome transformation!! What brand did you use for the sealer?

  • Monica P Cole
    on Apr 7, 2018

    love The new look I’m going to try I also have a question , the back splash ? What did you use ?

  • Elva Carrillo
    on Sep 27, 2018

    I really want to know the brands that you used for the white paint and the sealer. The words get cut out

    • Tina Briscoe
      on Dec 30, 2018

      Did you click on the resources at the bottom of the post? Finish All paint on Amazon, but I didn't see where she named the brand of sealer.

Join the conversation

2 of 146 comments
  • Vicki
    on Aug 26, 2018

    Beautiful job! By the way, that was a great job of sanding...I'm impressed with your skills..

  • Maggy
    on Dec 23, 2018

    I had oak cabinets in great shape on the top. The bottom were not so great. So I had the bottom painted gray. N I got used to them. N people loved them so I got uppers painted as well in gray. Now I need countertops n I have a new kitchen. Great savings. I was like many others hestitate to paint over wood. You just have to do it. It’s not for everyone. But if you get a good painter. It looks great !!!

Your comment...