How is that for a un-creative title?
I know-I'm lame!
So I have had a ton of questions about the kitchen and how I did everything.
I thought that I would share a couple of tips that will make your life easier!
We are always up for things that make life easier right?
So if your cupboards looked like mine-
and if they don't-you so wish that they did right?
If you are just dying to paint them-here's some tips and things I learned along the way.
It's OK to paint wood.
My grandpa might disagree with me, but it's your house.
If you don't love it-
do something to it so you do love it!
DON'T strip your cabinets. Well, you can if you really want to, but I didn't want to.
What can I say?
My home is an older home-about 15 years old.
Because of this-I didn't have a lot of the finish left on the cabinets.
What I mean by that is, they were pretty used and NOT new.
If you still have a pretty thick finish on yours-you might want to consider stripping.
If you are not sure-just do what I did.
I went to Home Depot-got a sample can of paint.
I stripped one side of a drawer and not the other.
I then painted them to see if I could see a difference.
I figured by the time that I glazed them-I wouldn't need to strip.
Totally up to you.
If you don't strip them-you will save yourself about 12 hours worth of work stripping, waiting and scraping.
Use TSP instead.
This is a heavy duty cleaner that will get all your surfaces ready to paint.
Warning-this stuff is pretty harsh-so you might want to wear gloves.
I didn't-so my hands and fingertips were raw.
It was not cool.
This stuff is about 4.00 a box at Lowes or Home Depot.
If you are painting your walls as well-give them a scrub with this also.
Alright-now you are good to go!
Again-a reminder of why you want to do this...
(your cupboards look like this)
I used Behr paint and primer in one.
Navajo White-1822 in flat.
I used the paint and primer in one because I am lazy.
Now, don't use the flat if you are not going to do some kind of finish treatment like glazing.
It's cheaper to buy flat paint so that is what I went with.
We took the cupboard doors off of their hinges and sprayed them with the paint sprayer.
This took 7 minutes.
I labeled the inside of my cupboard's with tape saying what was in the cupboards-
just so I knew where to put the doors back on.
I just used a good paint brush to paint the cupboard's themselves.
I did not glaze the cupboard's-just the doors.
If you are going to use a glaze-make sure that you get an oil based.
Pick a chocolate color that you like and get a quart or so.
When you are ready to glaze-mix some glaze in a paper cup and then add paint thinner until it's pretty runny.
If you do this-the glaze is much easier to work with.
Paint on and then wipe off.
I let mine sit there for about a min or so.
I like the look of it that way.
Just play around with it until you get the look that you want.
*Use old t-shirts to wipe with.
I don't know what it is-the 100% cotton works much better to wipe off than anything else.
If the glaze is too dark and you don't love it.
Just put some paint thinner on a clean cloth and wipe it off until you get what you like.
Add hardware if you don't have it.
If you do-spray paint the hardware you have.
I just made sure that I primed mine with Rustoleum Primer in white
I then used Satin Colonial Red-Rustoleum 2x coverage
and finished it off with a couple coats of polyurethane.
I also added bead board wall paper to some of my cupboard inserts.
I will talk about what to do
and what not to do.
You can do this!
If you have questions-just shoot me an email.
I would be happy to help if I can!
It is so worth it!!
My laundry is calling my name.
Got to run!