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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to paint kitchen cabinets - project complete

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Just DIY It!

Hi HELLO family – well its ready –  How to paint your kitchen cabinets is happening right here tonight!  I wanted to take my time writing this post to capture all you need to know to do your DIY project.  So, how many of you did your homework?  Did you visit a paint shop and ask those questions?  Have you chosen your brand of paint?  Did you order the Cabinet Video from The Magic Brush?

Great job!  Now let’s get started on how to paint kitchen cabinets the Hello I Live Here way.

What you need:

Cordless drill or screwdriver
Krud Cutter or Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
Bucket
Rubber gloves
Protective goggles
Sponge
Putty knife
Spackling compound or wood filler
120- to 220-grit sandpaper
Tack cloth or rag
Deglosser
Painter’s tape
Drop cloth
Primer
Paintbrushes, 1.5-inch tapered and 2-inch-wide synthetic fiber brushes
Microfiber paint rollers, 2-3 inches wide
Paint
Paint tray and stir sticks

Instruction:

First, you really need to think about the paint you want to use.  We chose to use General Finishes Milk Paints to complete our project.

How to paint kitchen cabinets - General Finishes

We like this paint because it has a very good self-leveling agent.  This helps to level out the brush marks as the paint dries for a super smooth finish, which for us was the only choice since we were hand brushing everything. Because we are doing a cottage theme in the villa, we decided on Antique White for the tops, and Queenstown Gray for the bottoms.  We used 1 quart of each color (not bad right?)

Then, drop cloth cover all surfaces you do not want paint on, like your counters and floors, and use painters table around edges to keep paint off back-splash if you have one, and side walls.  We elected not to drop cloth the floors or the counter tops because, well, we are ripping both out.  Wood floors will be installed and new counter tops are on order along with back-splash systems.  But, you may not be doing those upgrades, so make sure you prep these areas before starting.

Next, remove those hinges and hardware.  (Note: I did not empty out my cabinets because I am a freak and clean mine every couple weeks to remove debris.) The best way to paint cabinets is to remove the doors and drawers. Don’t ever paint over the hardware – it’s an expensive mistake and keeps doors and drawers from closing correctly. Now, map out that kitchen! Map just how the doors and drawers go together in the kitchen by labeling each piece with its position.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - label doors and frames

 

This helps you reassembly fast and easy. Use a cordless drill or screwdriver to remove hinges and hardware. If your cabinets have adjustable shelves, be sure to remove those — and the hardware that supports them — from the cabinets – ours set far enough back so we had no need to remove them as they do not touch the frames.

Once you are done mapping out the door return system, then you are going to scrub the cabinets like crazy!  Strap on the goggles, glove up and Get in there – remove all the junk and grease that all cabinets have on them. You can use TSP or Krud Cutter.  We used Krud Cutter an all-purpose, water-based, multi-task cleaner, degreaser, stain remover, and exterior wash. It removes even the toughest stains. Leaves no residue and requires no rinsing. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, non-abrasive, and non-flammable.  Spray or wash on and let dry thoroughly before the next step.  You can purchase Krud Cutter at a paint supply store or your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

How to paint kitchen cabinets -Krud Kutter

All clean and dry? Remember, if your cabinets are in great shape and free of nicks and dents, you can degloss with Krud Cutter and you not have to sand.  But if your cabinets are in bad shape and need work, now is the time to use a putty knife and the wood filler to fill any nicks or dents with spackling compound or wood filler; let dry. Sand the surface with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper to dull the surface and smooth down any imperfections. You can use a small sanding block from Home Depot to softly sand the areas and the frames and doors in all places. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove the dust after sanding.

Now that you are done, prepping, mapping, and cleaning the doors and frames, it’s time to do the prep work.  If you are using new hardware, make sure they are either the same size as what you are removing, or fill those holes with wood filler, and sand lightly to remove any hard surface – you want them smooth.

Prep work is important to the validly of the finished product.  Select a primer that’s recommended for the type of surface you have (wood, metal, or laminate) and have it tinted to the color of the top coat.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets  - primer the doors

 

This is especially important if the surface is dark or stained because the original finish can “bleed,” or be visible, through the top coat.

Again, this is where your paint stores like Reinke Decorating or Flanagan Paint & Supplies come in handy.

Consulting with the expert at your paint retailer can help you decide between a waterborne or solvent-borne primer.  We used Zinsser primer special for our type of cabinets (they were not the real wood we thought they were – so this worked great). We used a good Pro Purdy brush for primer, and worked it all in with the roller first, then stroked over with our Pro Purdy brush.  We let dry a couple hours as directed by the manufacture.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets  - primer the frames

Once we finished priming, and it dried – we moved on to adding our paint color.  We cracked open a quart of General Finishes Queenstown gray and applied the first coat to the face frames and the back of each door using the same method as when we primed the cabinets.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - Bottom Cabinets Queenstown Grey

 

Rolled, then worked it all in by hand brushing – we did 2 coats letting dry 2 hours between each coat and following the manufactures directions.  Once both coats were completed and dried, we added the top coat to seal the product using General Finishes Professional Sealer with a satin finish.  Once dry we stood back in awe as we could not see one brush stroke!  AMAZING!!!

The second day we did the same process to the upper cabinets only we used the Antique White.  We again, primed, let dry, added 2 healthy coats of antique white, let dry 2 hours between each application, and then followed that with 3 coats of Professional Satin top coat by General Finishes.

How to paint kitchen cabinets - General Finishes Antique White

Once the paint finish has dried completely, it’s was time to attach drawer pulls, screw the hinges on the doors, and hang the doors on the frames, according to the map we made. We then slid the drawers back into place and stood back to enjoy the new cabinets we created.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - Antique White top cabinets two coats

See not so bad right?  Well, do you think it’s easy?  Are you going to try to DIY it now that you see how to paint kitchen cabinets?  DIY can be rewarding if you take your time, and enjoy the process.  After saving a bucket load of money by DIYing our cabinets, we were able to afford the new counter tops and wood floors.  Yep both – you can see our wood floor story on the blog – as those are already in and took us about 4 weekends from start to finish.

Hope you learned How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets!  Please share a comment about your DIY kitchen cabinets experience!  Until our next blog post.

Paint your Kitchen cabinets-finished look

Linda 🙂

 

 

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DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

DIY Towel Racks

DIY Towel Holders

Curated board for Hometalk

Happy Sunday HELLO readers!  We are excited to share that Hometalk has invited Hello I Live Here to share a curated board about DIY Towel Holders.  Why DIY towel Holders?  Well, not only do we love them as you can see by our projects, but is a big honor to be asked to show DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk and share our choices with our readers.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

What does it mean to curate?  Well, Hometalk took note when you guys and many other readers shared our DIY Shutter Towel Rack  Readers of Hometalk pined our Towel rack to Pinterest over 2.9K times, shared on Facebook, 253 times, left me over 100 awesome comments on Hometalk, liked and shared with others on Hometalk 306 times, and clipped and shared on their Hometalk boards over 157 times!  🙂  How excited where we when we found out you loved this project so much that Hometalk invited us to curate a board of other great DIY towel holders shared on Hometalk.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY shutter Towel Rack by Hello I Live Here – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

So after searching wonderful DIY Towel Holders on Hometalk, we are sharing these amazing projects on our blog, and our social media so you can have awesome ideas to fill those bathrooms with unique towel holders to keep those towels up off the floors!

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

It all started when I took two old shutters found at a garage sale, some on-clearance plant hooks from Lowe’s, a can of spray paint by Rust-Oleum, a few bolts from, a piece of wood, and pulled together this lovely DIY Shutter Towel Rack to share with you all.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Shutters from Garage Sale DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Spray Paint from Lowe’s – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Plant Hooks added – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

Knowing there are other great ideas out there, Hometalk had HELLO I LIVE HERE choose some great projects that were our favorites made by others.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack Boards Curated by Hello I Live Here on Hometalk

So stop by our Hometalk boards and see our curated picks. We have also added our boards to Pinterest, Google + Facebook and shared with Bob Vila Nation.  We hope you like DIY towel Holders we curated today!   A great big thank you to Hometalk for inviting HELLO I LIVE HERE to team up with them to find these great DIY Towel Holder options.  We are humbled to have been asked, and even more so because you, the readers loved our DIY Shutter Towel Rack.

Thank yo again Hometalk for inviting us to share in this curated experience!

Enjoy the boards readers!

~Linda

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

The Villa Goes Shades of Gray

Happy Sunday everyone! We are going gaga over at Hello I Live Here for Shades of Gray. We have started the process to change our rooms to this color and the furniture will not be far behind. (No worries I recruited hubby to do my shades of gray painting – so I am following doctors orders 😉 He’s awesome to help a girl out).

Shades of Gray

I know, we have only been here a year, however the gold colors for us are no longer working as we are working hard to change our small villa to that homey feel through a new color and furnishings we have found or build to fit the space we live, including a cooler paint tones of shades of gray.

Shades of Gray

Various shades of gray are neutral, balanced colors, and in cool tones you can go as conservative in decor, or turn around and evoke strong finishes with shades of gray that will totally support your decor loves.  Shades of gray are those moody type of sophisticated colors that just get along with others.

Paint colors

Our visions boards are going wild since completing the Master Bathroom Makeover Series with all the great shades of gray and a few pops of colors into each room.  If you missed the the posts, you can click here to read the posts and see what we have changed so far to date.

Grey

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

DIY Tile Project

Board and Batten Wainscoting

With all the shades of gray peaking at us from the master bathroom, we moved from the into the master bedroom taking out all the old gold colors, painting all the walls the lighter gray, and the accent walls into the darker gray from Pantone String by Valspar from Lowe’s, and Behr Collonade Gray for the dark walls from Home Depot. This is the result so far 🙂  and We are loving it!!!!

Shades of Gray

See, from gold to gray – it’s a great change for us! But know this is the start – we are not done yet as we now plan the build in book/closets, new bench seating and upgrade the bed platform.

Shades of Gray

It’s true – the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect has taken hold, so we know this train will not be stopping anytime soon!

Shades of Gray

Stop by tomorrow – hubby will be done painting the combo room walls of the kitchen, dining, and living room – and I will be busy making my next inspiration boards for these three rooms and what we will be adding to them.  Until next post have an awesome Sunday everyone!!!

🙂 Linda

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table – Upcycle a Thrift Store Find

Hello readers!  Without further ado, Hello I Live Here brings you our Rustic DIY Coffee Table that you all voted for on our Facebook and Hometalk pages last night.  The Facebook post alone brought Hello I Live Here 2K of readers who helped us choose just how we would stain and dress up this large Rustic DIY Coffee Table.  We want to thank you all for your help, you were wonderful. 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

The winner hands down was the plain top, with Aged Oak Stain.  So, you all voted, and we listened.  This morning we warmed up our work space and got to work bringing your choices to life.

Let’s look at the project and how we got started with this awesome Rustic DIY Coffee Table idea.  Hubby and I were out for an afternoon date, and after lunch I just had to stop by my favorite thrift store to see what unique upcycle DIY project spoke to me.  There she sat, with others running past her – I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  I just knew the moment I hit the door I could waive my magic DIY wand and BAM out would pop a fab upcycle Rustic DIY Coffee Table that any homeowner would love!!!!

Rustic DIY Coffee Table Once home, I ripped off her old top (which will become an awesome upcycle DIY chalk board project post – I never toss anything ;-)), and I started designing her new top.  Once we had the plan, we ran off to The Home Depot to purchase three 8ft – 2 x 8s.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We cut each 2×8 board in half, after all it is easier to handle a 4’ board then a 8’ board.  Since the 2×8 board widths (Big Box store rarely have consistently sized wood – they were off by up to ¼”) were not consistent, we also had to cut two straight edges.  We used a sled, with one true straight edge, made from ¾” birch ply that was 12”x4’, the same length as our 2×8 boards.  We then secured the untrue board edge to the birch ply with a screw and set the straight edge of the birch ply against the fence.  This gave us a straight edge on the 2×8.  We then ran placed the newly cut 2x8s straight edge against the fence and created our second cut.  This provided two true edges and gave us a tight connection between the boards with no gaps.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Next, we planed both sides using our Porter Cable planer.  We feed a sacrificially board of the same thickness as our 2x8s to ensure the first board didn’t have the ever present planer divot, and ran the same sacrificial.  Remember, to remove just a small amount, about 1/32” with each pass.  It is better to run the wood through several passes, versus taking too much off with one pass.  We then feed each board one after the other until each board was a consistent thickness.  We then lowered the planer another 1/32” and planed the other side.  We repeated this process two times to provide a consistent thickness and a smooth top and bottom surface.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We then edge glued our boards with Titebond  wood glue and Kreg joined them all.  We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

With the glue dry we started the finish work.  We added an edge molding as you suggested, which jazzed up the sides and gave it that classic look!  Next, we popped open some wood filler and filled all the Kreg screw holes, and areas we did not want to have deep cracks that could trap dust or dirt (or the occasional cracker crumbs 😉 – We all know who we are!)

Next up was the dreaded sanding process. We used a couple sanders in the process, and finished up with our Ryobi cat sander, which we discussed in an earlier blog and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We started with 80 grit sand paper, followed that by 120, and did a third round with 220 to give it that extra smooth finish – you know for when your feet go up on that table – no sock snags here 😉 !

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Once the sanding was done, I came to you, our readers, for a vote for the grand finish.  Your votes were awesome, and totally left me overwhelmed that over 2K of you wanted to be involved with the vote.  We want you to know, WE LISTEN when we ask our readers to vote, so with your great vote we got to work staining our piece with Minwax, Aged Oak stain color.  As you all suggested we left the top plain (no hardware this project around, but I promise all of you who voted for the hardware, I will find that special piece to support your vote and share it with you all).

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Just look at this wonderful Rustic DIY Coffee Table that we all created together!  As a person who loves DIY Projects and to upcycle furniture, I think we did a wonderful job – kudos to us all!  We hope you all enjoyed this wonderful project and visit our page often.  This year Hello I Live Here will be bringing you wonderful projects that virtually any skill level can complete, and I promise a good deal will be so awesome you will want to run right to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and get started.  Until we vote on the next project together – Stay warm and keep reading and following Hello I Live Here – 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us all 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Thanks for the suggestion and coming over to our blog to cast your vote!  We are so proud that all our readers wanted to vote and help Hello I Live Here with this magical creation.  Until next post – Stay warm out there.

By Linda Crandall 🙂

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