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Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Paint your Kitchen cabinets-finished look

Paint your Kitchen Cabinets

Just DIY it!

Hello readers, with today’s post we start to show you how to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets!  Well, can you believe we all made it to Friday!  Hope you all have some great projects to complete today – I know I have many.  Lately, I have had clients come to Hello I Live Here for help on how to Paint your kitchen cabinets several times a week.  So, it got us thinking, how about a blog post that shows how we painted our own cabinets.  Hopefully after you read this post you will see what it takes to paint your kitchen cabinets – and say GO FOR IT!  What’s the worst thing that can happen – beautiful new kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the cost?  It makes since to me that if you just follow the prepping steps of your paint choice carefully, you should have happy cabinets for a long time.

When I decided to paint our kitchen cabinets, I had to learn just like anyone else – it’s involved and I wanted it right the first time.  Research was key, and that meant hours of skimming U-Tube videos, reading books, on-line sites proclaiming to be the best at this process, and just asking a million and one questions.   I poured through time and time again.  I got so tired of contradicting messages, do I prime, don’t I prime, do I clean – don’t I clean  – I wanted to rip my hair out.  So I stopped the insanity and did 3 things.

First, I went to a couple local paint shops (because after all those mom and pop shops sell paint – they must know something about the process – right?) It was a good thing I did – using people who know paint saved me a bunch of time. My first stop was at Flanagan’s Paints and Supplies in Ellisville where Jay Donnelly educated me on all their wonderful brands and laid out the steps. Paint your kitchen cabinets - Flanagan paints

Needing more opinions, my second stop Reinke Decorating Centers in Des Peres where Carl Reinke told me about using General Finishes paint (but being a new merchant to the GF family, his stock had not come in yet).

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Reineke decorating

 

Finding both of these paint supply stores was an awesome thing, and if you need a great painter for your cabinets because you are just not up to DIY, they will refer you to local pros who can make those cabinets shine! But if you are a DIY nut like me, you will save a bundle of money doing it yourself and get a great painted cabinet – We did.

Second, arming  myself with all the information, I took the time to visit places that had painted cabinets like Three French Hens (I love the look of their lovely French painted cabinets). I searched and dreamed about the type of cabinet I wanted in my home (which by the way went from a Three French Hen’s story to the simple cottage grey and white theme we have today) – Simple, comfortable, and works well for our laid back style of living.

Paint your kitchen cabinets - three french hens

Oh, you want to know the third thing?  Well, okay – one day when I talked myself out of doing my cabinets after the information paralysis,  I started looking for places to get quotes – I know!!!! I paint for a living!!! But the bidding shops I spoke to left me in fear that I would not be able to handle it.  I went to 4 different places and I was so shocked to see the quotes ranged in prices from $1,500 all the way to $8,000 for a 10 x 10 kitchen!  My reaction was what – say what!!!!  (my clients reading this understand that reaction because I take the time to save them so much on painted furniture) I am sure they could have used a spatula to get my chin off the floor.

 

Torn between paying a contractor and wading through all the information I learned to paint your kitchen cabinets I received a web link for a video on painting cabinets.  It was like the cabinet Gods knew! There it was lit up on my screen a lady with curly hair and a paint brush starring right out of my screen telling me it was easier than I thought!  That little Magic Paint brush taunted me to click around the blog and read all that Jennifer Allwood over at The Magic Brush had to offer me in the kitchen cabinet arena – crazy right?

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Magic Brush

After reading Jennifer’s story – I decide what the heck and down loaded her very informative and encouraging Painted cabinet’s video.  This video gave me the courage (yep even though I paint furniture for all of you; I too needed encouragement for the areas I am not comfy – and mine was cabinets).  This one video gave me the courage to stop painting furniture for a couple days and start painting my own cabinets.  So if you follow the directions carefully you just cannot beat DIY – and paint your kitchen cabinets.

At the cost of a $47 video (each) I learned to paint cabinets and you can too.  The way Jennifer teaches – Magical, just like that brush that popped onto my screen!  When you watch her videos, even though she is talking to all who buy them she has a way of making it sound like she is talking only to you.  It’s a breath of fresh air!  So, I provided a link for you to grab a video and watch before you commit to a $5,000 price tag like I almost did.

With my new found confidence I had to find just the right paint brand to paint our kitchen cabinets.  You would think all paints do pretty much the same thing, but you would be wrong.  Every brand is just a little different.  I opted for General Finishes, especially after talking with Carl Reineke and how great General Finishes does on kitchen cabinets.

Paint your kitchen cabinets - General Finishes

The dry rate of General Finishes was awesome – it went on like butter, and leveled out so nice you cannot see one brush stroke – and yep I painted every piece by hand with a good Pro Purdy brush, which we will show you our step by steps on our finished cabinets starting on Monday’s blogs .

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Purdy Professional Brushes

Now that my cabinets are finished, I am going to blog the procedure starting Monday, but don’t look at the counter tops – the new ones are not here yet!   We will show you how to map out your kitchen so all the doors go back into place right the first time, the products that worked best for our kitchen, and hopefully make you a happy DIY homeowner with a new kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

Seriously, once you see how easy it was for us to complete our 10 x 10 kitchen in a weekend – you will want to pick up that brush and do it yourself.  Hubby and I actually had a blast working together on the project, and by the end of the second day (well the first one too) we toasted with a great bottle of wine (which we bought at Luka’s Liquor – go see Gary the owner, he’s a hoot and always has a great story to share)!

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Lukas Liquor

Now that I have you intrigued do you want to try the DIY method and paint your kitchen cabinets? Well, there is some homework.  First, visit some local paint shops in your area. Second, order the cabinet video from Jennifer Allwood’s The Magic Brush site, watch it. (We receive no monetary payments for this reference).  Finally, gain your freedom to keep your money in exchange for your own labor if you have a weekend to spare and the guts to paint your kitchen cabinets.

Well, that’s my share for tonight – Meet me back here on Monday as I show you just how easy it was to create the painted cabinets we now love.

Till Monday my friends!

Linda  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China Cabinet Makeover

China Cabinet Makeover – Part II

Not sure if you recall, but back a while back we started a post about making an old china hutch new again.  Our prior post focused on the top section of the china cabinet makeover part I, the section that holds the china (which we still are doing finishing touches).  This post is all about the bottom storage section of the china cabinet makeover.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

I found this little gem about 4 months ago on my very first thrift store shopping spree at Red Racks for a whole $40!  As you can tell from the before pictures, this china hutch was in desperate need of a redo, and who was better to give her a face lift then the Hello I Live Here team, right! 😉  This was no small undertaking, as we are still working on this baby because, well you know, a girl likes to change her mind as she goes along on a project, which left this QT a little unfinished and begging for me to get back to work now that we have some warm days.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before

Our first task was to rip apart (and I do mean rip) the hideous old and bulky trim molding and round crown that embellished this hidden beauty.  Believe it or not, this old trim was really built to last, real wood trim custom made and heavy duty!  Each trim piece was connected using sturdy dowels and needless to say, it took some muscle to remove the trim, but we made it happen ;-).  After the trim was removed, we also removed the three doors.  We made sure to save the hardware and the old trims just in case it came in handy with a future project, as we all say – don’t toss today what you may need tomorrow!

China Cabinet Makeover - Trim Added

Next up for our china cabinet makeover we added some modern and decorative trim that matched the top part of the cabinet (we really wanted more of that boxy look that was more cottage appearance on this piece).  The trim was purchased from The Home Depot.  We selected trim profiles that fit the design of our villa.  Each trim piece was cut on our Ryobi 10″ laser light miter saw at a 45 degree angle and nailed into place with our trusty Ryobi nail gun (which by the way our shop cannot live without either tool ;-))  We added new center railings for the new doors, and side moldings to each side as shown above and below.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

After the trim was done, our china cabinet makeover was starting to take shape.  We used Bondo all-purpose putty to cover any nail holes, and joining trim pieces we added to the sides (that new square side boarder we just love spiffed up those sides like Cinderella going to a ball).  Once the Bondo dried, we sanded with our Ryobi Corner Cat Sander, and an 80 grit sand paper, followed by a 120 grit to give it the smooth appearance.

China Cabinet Base Trim Details

Once the sanding was completed, we primed the newly installed pieces, using a bare wood primer by Valspar in white.  Primer is important when you are using raw woods.  If you paint and the wood has not been sealed with primer, it tends to suck in the paint, taking up to 3 coats to cover, so always prime bare wood.  That was all I could complete today on this wonderful piece for tonight everyone, but I promise it will not take six more months to finish this series. 🙂

China Cabinet Base Trim detail

China Cabinet Base Trim Painted

Part III will show you our next elements we added to the new looks, and that wonderful little surprise that will introduce this old piece to the 21st century!  Hope you like the progress so far everyone!  Have a great night!

Linda