Monday, February 21, 2011

Kitchen Remodel Phase 2 - Painting the Cabinets!!!

Recently I learned that "white kitchen" is currently one of the most popular googled phrases. And I say, this is with good reason. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted a white kitchen. To me, and apparently so many others out there - white kitchens are classic, clean and welcoming. I can remember when I was around 12 or 13 years old, my parents had been saving to remodel our kitchen (dark brown old cabinetry with PINK(!!!!!!!!!!!) Formica countertops. The floor was, if I remember correctly, some kind of yellowy-orange linoleum. It was a very happy day in the Howard house when we bid farewell to those pink countertops and orange linoleum. My parents designed a beautiful, bright and open white kitchen with light wood floors. We had a large farm style kitchen table and soft gray walls. It was probably my favorite room in the house (and not just because that's where you could find my Mom's famous mocha chocolate layer cake). It was a beautiful room and for as long as I can remember I've always wanted to have a white kitchen in my home. Here are just a few of my dream kitchen inspirations:
Kitchen Clarity

kitchens - Clemson Pendant black windsor chairs stool white cabinets carrara marble furniture legs island sink subway tile  House Beautful James
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Now that we are homeowners and have a functioning kitchen (check out this post on getting all new appliances here) and I've finally convinced my husband I know what I'm doing....we took the plunge and painted our kitchen cabinets a lovely creamy-white!!!! In the link I provided above, I also briefly discuss the state of our kitchen cabinets when we bought our house. You see, we purchased a foreclosed home, and the previous owners had removed the upper kitchen cabinets (along with many other items) before we purchased the home. Before we even knew about this house, the bank that owned our house replaced the upper kitchen cabinets while it was on the market, but they couldn't match them exactly to the lower cabinets because the lower cabs had been discontinued. The bank did a nice job and we really appreciate this gesture; however, the cabinets don't match. It isn't glaringly obvious (you can't tell from looking at pics - at least I can't), but the hubs and I do notice the slight stain color difference as well as the differences in the trim detailing.

We had 3 options: 1) replace the lower cabinets to match the uppers, 2) replace both upper and lower cabinets or 3) paint the existing cabinets in the same shade. For the first few months, the first option (replacing the lowers to match the uppers) was the front runner. The upper cabinets were brand new, solid maple and good quality. But the color really wasn't our style (we have all dark wood tones in our house) and I knew that if we did replace the lower cabinets to match, it would be a pricey investment and in the end the kitchen really wouldn't look like what I was hoping for. The second option of replacing all of the cabinets could have been a viable possibility, but we would have had to wait a good number of years to save up the funds to do that...and we knew we didn't want to wait that long. Plus, as mentioned before, the upper cabinets were brand new and the lowers, while not new, they were still in good condition. It seemed like a waste to get rid of these cabinets. As time went on and I read about more and more cabinet painting success stories on so many of my beloved decorating blogs, I knew this was something we could, and should do! It would be inexpensive and allow us to keep our perfectly good cabinets...and the end result would be exactly what we were dreaming of - a white kitchen!!!! So, we agreed that once I finished grad school (back in December) that we would paint the cabinets in early 2011.

Painting our cabinets was very time consuming, not gonna lie, but it really wasn't all that hard to do. The most important thing to do is carefully research how to paint cabinets (check multiple sources, ask the pros, etc.) When you have a clear understanding of what you must do, be sure to stick to that plan.

Here is exactly what we did:

1) We removed the doors and hardware. Wipe off door fronts and cabinet base so they're nice and clean.
2) We used Kilz's oil-based primer to paint 2 coats of primer on the doors and cabinet base. I did my research and read multiple articles confirming that this oil-based primer could be used without having to sand the surface. Originally we were going to do a "test door" to see how the primer and paint would hold up without sanding, but in the end my husband (the dare devil that he is!) won out and we just began priming everything. While it worked perfectly for our cabinets, I would recommend a light sanding, just to be safe. However, I can say that for us, the Kilz primer didn't require sanding and it adhered very easily.
3) We waited a day or two for the primer to dry, then we began using our top coat (Behr's Vermont Cream). I used a brush and roller combo to paint the base and the hubs used a paint gun (purchased at Home Depot for $60) to spray all of the doors. We both did 2 coats and it took my husband under 30 minutes for each coat. He sprayed both the inside and outside of the doors, and he began with the inside of the doors so he could "practice" with the gun.
4) The hardest part: We waited a week to hang the doors (based on many suggestions, including my Dad's advice - a chemical engineer) for the paint to dry and "cure" as my Dad said.
5) To occupy myself during the waiting period, we checked out new hardware and settled on an antique-nickeled handle and knob set from Lowe's. We purchased 33 knobs/handles and it cost us just under $100.
6) I also occupied myself by painting the walls of our kitchen the exact same color as our cabinets. I knew I wanted a white kitchen, but would this be too white? I referred back to my inspiration pics, and thy all featured white/cream walls so I figured this was the way to go. And if I didn't like it, it could easily be repainted as there isn't much wall space to actually paint in a kitchen. I also touched up the bead board and baseboards with our trim color (Behr's Frost White). It is a-maz-ing the difference a fresh coat of paint makes on your trim work. For me, the hardest part of this entire process was painting the baseboards....I found this to be stressful and would love to hear any readers' tips on how to do this!
7) We hung the doors and installed the new hardware.

Here are some before pics of our kitchen:

When we first moved in (April '10):






And in December '10:








Painting the cabinets:

Kaylee didn't like being barred from the kitchen :-(


Where's Kaylee?! (a la "Where's Waldo?")







The Tres Leches mixed drink the hubs made for me when we were all finished. He is a good man!!!

And now:











I am so happy my husband went along with my crazy idea to paint those cabinets....he's probably even happier he has to stop listening to me talk about it now. :-)

Stay tuned for a future post on our kitchen countertop selection!!!

***UPDATE*** I have been getting questions on the specific paint color we used and questions about the sprayer. We used Behr's semi-gloss Vermont Cream, #2680115953. This paint comes with a primer built in, but we didn't get the primer added in because we were already planning to use several coats of Kilz's oil-based primer. I don't think it would hurt to get the primer added in, but I would still definitely recommend a primer basecoat before this top coat. This is a close-up of the top coat's paint can:



And here is a picture of our sprayer:



We bought the sprayer for around $60 at Home Depot. Here is a link to the product @ Walmart. My husband is the one that used the sprayer. He said it worked well, but he did need to practice before feeling comfortable and attempting to spray the fronts of the doors. He practiced spraying an old cabinet that needed to be repainted anyway, then he sprayed the backs of the doors. Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!!! We love our white cabinets and it seems like we've had them forever now :-)



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58 comments:

  1. Looks like you got what you wanted and the change is well worth the effort. You are right about white always looking so beautiful, at least in magazines. My kitchen is never quite that way. Enjoy yours!

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  2. WoW!! I'd love to try that with my 1981 cupboards and have white ones again. In the house we lived in before, I picked out white cabinets and thought we'd live there forever. However, we moved and had to leave my little dream kitchen behind. Everything looks so fresh. Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

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  3. This is such a wonderful transformation! I am a huge fan of white kitchens and yours doesn't even look like the same space at all. Very nice.

    -Rene

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  4. First, let me announce that I'm the husband who painted these cabinets. I thought my wife was nuts when she came to me with this idea. Paint the cabinets? Why would we do such a ridiculous thing like that? So after months of talking about it, "we" agreed to paint the cabinets.

    I'm not going to lie, I thought she was nuts. I thought it was going to be a big pain in the rear and I thought it as going to look like a novice had done them.

    After a few weeks now with them all together and finished, all I can say is...she was right. The kitchen looks bigger, cleaner and has a rich and custom look that didn’t exist with the builder’s special that was there before. They're simple, yet stylish and as my wife would say...Classic and Timeless!

    I've got to give it to you honey, it looks real nice. Now all we need to do is install the countertop...ugh!

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  5. Wow, I would love to do my kitchen in white with black counters and red accents. Maybe in the next house! Yours turned out beautifully!

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  6. Great job. The kitchen looks amazing. I'm looking forward to coming for a visit and having brian make me one of those Tres Letches Mixed drinks !!!!! - Anna Freeman

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  7. What a great job you and your hubby did, the new kitchen cabinets look great. I am new to your blog just found it tonight. If you get the time please stop by and visit.
    Have a wonderful night
    ps I love white cabinets, I painted mine as well... big job but worth it!

    Lorene
    The Gilded Cherub

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  8. Wow, this looks great. I have white cabinets too on red walls and I love them. You can check out my kitchen on my blog...get there using the Home Tour tab.

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  9. The biggest part of a kitchen remodelling project is the kitchen countertops. But there are ways to update your cabinets without spending a fortune.

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  10. I'm in the middle of the same project!!! Ugh, it's a lot of work. THanks for the inspiration!! I could use that drink right now!!!

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  11. It looks wonderful, and I know just how much work this was. I shared my "new" white kitchen last Monday. Here is the link if you would like to take a look.

    http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/02/the-evolution-of-our-kitchen.html

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  12. And what a wonderful job you both did! I'm a white lover and did my entire kitchen as you did and I even raised the ceiling 8" for more height.. come by sometime and see my header photo.. the before and after.... I'm so in love with how bright it all is...
    You did good!
    Sandy
    thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  13. It looks great! I'm planning on doing this once the weather warms up. :)

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  14. I love this! I'm am going to paint mine a creamy color. How did you do it? Did you prime the wood with oil based primer??

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  15. Alaina,

    Thx for your compliments! We primed using Kilz's no-sanding required oil-based primer. We primed with 2 coats, then we used 2 coats of Behr's Vermont Cream. Both of these are available at Home Depot. I used a brush and roller to paint the base and my husband bought an inexpensive ($60) paint sprayer @ Home Depot to spray the doors. We waited a week before hanging the doors back up. My post has more detailed info, but that is the basic gist! Good luck with your cabinets! I'm sure they'll turn out great! :-)

    Erin

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  16. We are going to do this come spring, our cabinets are 80's oak and white ones would be so fresh and open looking. Thanks for such a imformative post on doing this project, I'm saving this so that we will have something to refer back to. Congrats on a job well done, it looks just gorgeous! Visiting from WOW! I'm now a follower and hope you will visit soon!

    Rondell



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  17. Wow! Quite a hubby you got there! Looks great! We did ours too a while back and we are so happy with the results! Ours are an ivory...I found your post on The Lettered Cottage...I have one over there too! Take care!

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  18. Such a great new and fresh look. Thanks for joining WUW this week.

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  19. The kitchen looks beautiful! White kitchens are my favourite they never look dated.
    Great job!!

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  20. Looks fabulous, the drink AND the cabinets!

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  21. LOVELY! What a transformation! I am very jealous!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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  22. Could you share the finish or label of the top coat that you used. We are getting ready to do my son's cabs and I have been using a semi gloss on the trim and doors and was planning to use the same on the cabinets.
    How did you like using the sprayer? I did my own kitchen a few years ago and brushed every single one! What a job that was. We are thinking about buying a sprayer. Is the one you bought to go on a compressor or is it electric?
    Thanks for the info.

    ,

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  23. I love that you took me step by step. I have been re searching how to paint my own cabinets.. what wall color what cabinet color... tile backsplash or painted beadboard? Maybe beadboard cabinet fronts.. its a lot to consider. I need to check out your white for myself.

    thanks for sharing.

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  24. Wow! This looks so great! What a difference the white paint makes. I also really like the open shelves you put up near the peninsula. It looked empty there before. We are totally gutting our kitchen soon and putting in white cabinets after 34 years of maple stained plywood ones! I can't wait!! Great Job!!

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  25. if ever cabinets were begging for a paint job, yours were...and now they look as they were always meant to look! love it...we did ours black a few years ago and it's amazing the difference it makes.

    would love for you to share this on my 'fridays unfolded' linky @ http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/02/fridays-unfolded-7.html

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  26. Beautiful! I love a white kitchen too! The whole space came together so nicely - I love those shelves, the contrast of your counter and cabinets, the whole effect! So so pretty.

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  27. Love the white cabinets! I am a lover of a white kitchen also but not an owner of one. Maybe one of these days. I love a blank canvas to make my mark. Thanks for joining JFF this week. hugs, Linda

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  28. What a wonderful job you all did.

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  29. Love your kitchen! I just did mine a few months ago!

    Nancy

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  30. The cabinets are perfect! I will be painting mine as well. How did you keep the doors straight once off the cabinet? Great Post!

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  31. so glad you talked the hubby into it. It looks fabulous. You must be so happy every morning when you enter the kitchen....enjoy it...:)
    Mariaelena

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  32. They look fabulous! And make your floors stand out so much - I even scrolled back up to see if you redid the floors. Well done!

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  33. it looks terrific! i yearn for a white kitchen too.

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  34. Looks great - a white kitchen is in my future too - as soon as I get encouraged to get in there and get it done LOL

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  35. thanks for sharing this post with my readers! have a wonderful weekend.

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  36. Hi Bonnie,

    I added a picture of our paint can label to the post and a picture and link of the sprayer we used. We used Behr's semi-gloss Vermont Cream, #2680115953 for our topcoat. The sprayer we used was electric. My husband did all the spraying and said he liked it, but he did need to practice on some old furniture before he felt comfortable spraying the doors. Hope this helps and let me know how it goes!!! :-)

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  37. Nothing like a white kitchen, I did mine last year after Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  38. I'm stopping by from the follow along & love your painted cabinets - they look great! I'm getting ready to paint mine...probably some shade of green. Wish me luck!

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  39. Just lovely and of course I will follow you back! I love a fellow DIY blogger!I used the same paint for my hallway walls. Whoever invented it was brilliant!

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  40. Wow, this looks great. I have white cabinets on red walls & I like them. You can check out my kitchen on my weblog. get there using the Home Tour tab.
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  41. Beautiful! I like the white of the kitchen too! Come together so that the entire space very well - I love those shelves, counters and cabinets contrast, the overall effect! Its so beautiful.
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  42. Thanks for the great post!! I love how detailed you are. One question that I couldn't find an answer to in the post/previous comments: Did you use a brush and roller only to apply the primer or did the sprayer work for that as well?

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