Built-In and Fireplace Makeover

3 Materials
1 Week
Hello friends! When I moved into my house years ago, I was surrounded by yellow-oak cabinets, circa 1986. It was so sad. After a couple years of listening to my parents tell me "you can't paint wood, you can't paint brick..", I did what any independent, stubborn daughter would do, and I painted it all! I needed it to look brighter and happier, and feel lighter. Mission accomplished!
I did a lot of research and asked a lot of store associates in paint stores about my plan of action. I had painted my kitchen cabinets, which was quite the endeavor - but sooooo worth it!
I was sold on a primer that didn't require stripping or sanding. Heck yeah! You can read my blog post to get the full details on all of the products I used.
This is one coat on the built-ins. Already I was feeling lighter! I felt like the primer dried quickly between coats. I always believe thin coats is best when painting cabinetry and furniture. Paint will dry more level, you'll have less drips, and details like edges and trim work will come out looking cleaner. Regardless, I always wait 24 hours between coats (minimum).
After 2 coats of primer, I used my favorite Benjamin Moore paint to paint the cabinets in the same color I used on my kitchen - Misty Grey.

A store associate told me about primer-paint that would would work on my brick fireplace. I had it tinted to match my paint color and I went to to town painting. I had it covered in just a couple coats, I couldn't believe it!

Again, I gave all of my supplies and sources in my blog post, so feel free to stop on by and check them out if you're curious.

Happy DIY'ing!
Suggested materials:
  • ZINNSER Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces   (Home Improvement Store)
  • Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Pastel Base   (Benjamin Moore)
  • Soft Bristle Paint Brushes   (Home Improvement Store)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Katelyn Katelyn on Oct 10, 2018

    Love the white paint! Nice job looks lovely

  • William William on Oct 10, 2018

    That was a lot of wood. I bet it's brighter, warm, and more welcoming. Great job. I always use primer when I paint. The all in one paints don't really cover in one coat.

    • The Striped House The Striped House on Oct 11, 2018

      Haha, yes it was a ton of wood! For sure, I'm a big believer in primer! It will definitely make or break a project!