How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Steph's kitchen has been a work in progress since she bought her house. The kitchen was really in need of updating as nothing had been done to it since it was built. Actually, it was pretty overwhelming to go through the list of what needed to be done.

When she first moved in, we did the bare minimum before we ran out of steam to do anything else. We cleaned everything, took down the wallpaper and painted, put down new flooring, and swapped out the 90's gold handles for sleeker silver ones. We labeled the cabinets and drawers in anticipation of taking them down and painting, but that project never got started!

Four years later, a partnership with The Home Depot and Liberty Hardware, gave us the push we needed to complete the long overdue projects!
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Kitchen the day Steph moved in.
From afar, the cabinets don't look so bad but a closer look tells a different story!
To keep everything easy to replace, we took the time to number all the cabinets, doors, and drawers. We used painter's tape for this. Don't skip this step!
Removing all the hinges and hardware from the doors and drawers.
All the doors ready for cleaning, sanding, and painting.
We sanded all the doors out in the garage and the frames inside the house- with the help of our wet/dry vac to collect all the dust.
The inside and outside of the cabinets were painted- as everything needed it. We used a foam roller and high quality paint brush with Behr latex paint.
We originally planned to spray the doors, but our sprayer turned out to be defective. With no time to get another, we decided to brush and roll the cabinets which turned out to work very well.
We ended up replacing all the hinges, pulls, and adding knobs to the drawers. We also added a pull out trash can in one of the bottom cabinets. For full details please watch the video above or check out our website here.
All finished! It's always fun to step back and admire a project once it's finished. It's amazing what a little paint, beautiful hardware and new lighting adds to a space. This mini makeover has certainly added value to Steph's basic builder's grade kitchen. 

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  • Linda Adela De Hoyos Linda Adela De Hoyos on Jun 30, 2018

    Loved your video! Your kitchen looks beautiful!

  • Gail Gail on Jun 30, 2018

    I love your mother daughter ideas. I work alone but I have a suggestion I have done in several situations. Looking at the photo of under the sink where you painted. It looks like old MDF has gotten wet and "bloomed". I have had that happen and have sanded it down and had white formica cut and liquid nailed it down. Then it is so much more wipeable and clean. If not that then I buy heavy clear vinyl at Walmart (super cheap) and cut is like shelf liner but a bit larger so its up the back a bit and up the sides a bit. If you have a leak it runs out to floor which alerts you to the problem. All this from experience of an old leak under a utility sink that ran back rather than forward...Not good.