Monday, April 2, 2012

Kitchen Makeover Part 2: Painting the Cabinets

We're painting the roses red! We're painting the roses red! I'm painting my cabinets white linen!

Whew. Painting cabinets is no joke. This time consuming, multi-step process has had our house in chaos for OVER THREE WEEKS. Finally, FINALLY the cabinets are done! Those who have already painted cabinets can sympathize; those who haven't just cannot understand. I didn't understand!

Here's a sneak peak of the kitchen with the cabinets painted, the knobs installed and doors (mostly) reinstalled.
After reading and reading and reading blogs on how to paint cabinets, I finally decided that I wanted to use Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in Linen White. Great, right? Wrong? Do you know how many stores sell this line of paint? Not so many. After visiting 4 stores that sell Benjamin Moore paint and calling a few more, I finally found one about 25 minutes from our house. I drove up to the local hardware store after work one afternoon and was fortunately to score their very last can of Advance Paint in Satin.

Why did it take 3.5 weeks to finish this up? Remember, I have to do this at night after work and after the kiddos are settled down for the night. The work breakdown is below:
Day 1-2 Clean cabinets with TSP and remove doors from cabinets

Day 3-4 Sand cabinets and doors

Day 5-7 Prime doors and cabinets

Day 8 Didn't get to do anything

Day 9 Sand all the doors and cabinets

Day 9 Finally find and buy paint

Day 10-11 Paint coat 1 on cabinets and doors

Day 12-13 Paint coat 2 on cabinets and doors

Day 14 Do nothing-no time!

Day 15-16 Paint coat 3 on cabinets and doors

Day 17-20 Do nothing while paint on cabinets/doors cure

Day 21-23 Drill holes for new knobs/rehang cabinet doors

Day 24 Stand back and admire all the work

I am so glad that is done. Again, here's a peak at our progress.


Kitchen Cupboard Doors said...

Beautiful makeover....

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