Saturday, May 31, 2014

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

It has been chaos in here! We have been painting and doing minor improvements to our house. Since we have some financial goals to achieve this year (like, I might be going to Uruguay this year! yay! I'll tell you later WHY) our updates involve the most economical method: PAINT. Our kitchen was outdated, our house is 16 years old and that oaky-orangey color, plus dirt and grease, were driving me nuts. I always dreamed of a white kitchen and subway tile...our kitchen is not very big so painting the walls a lighter color and the cabinets White Dove white made a BIG difference! Today I will be sharing the method we used to painting them. I know, there are a gazillion tutorials, but this is what worked for us. Trust me, I researched this for over 2 years thinking if I dared to do it and if the job was going to turn out nice. It actually turned out great so I am glad we did it.

Step one:
The first step is removing all doors and hinges. I was lucky that my hinges are on the inside and are not seen. I numbered the doors starting from right to left and then from bottom left to bottom right and I wrote a number in the space where the hinges go. I used ziploc bags to put all the hardware in and numbered them. Trust me, you WANT to do this, otherwise you will go insane trying to figure out which hinge go in which door.

Step two:
After that I removed everything from the cabinets and stored them in boxes. I could not believe how much junk I had, I threw away a lot of stuff that was unnecessary or that we barely used. WARNING: your house will be a MESS! Make sure you eat take out and have a lot of cereal on hand! haha!

Yes, my daughter decided to bring her toys upstairs too, see the play washing machine?

Step three:
Cover everything! There will be a lot of spills and dust!

Step four:
Clean them really good. You will find gross stuff! We used TSP diluted in water. Sorry if this makes you barf...ewwwwwwwwww
Step five:
This is the worst step of all: sanding! I know there are other tutorials out there that say they did not sand them and just used a really good primer like BIN or one of the Zinsser ones. I decided to do this even though it was going to take us longer. This enhances primer adhesion even more so why not? You will be covered in dust. After you sand, vacuum and clean them really well. We used an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper first, then 320 for in between coats. Yes, if you thought you were done sanding on the first step...nope! But I promise the results are great!

This is what the sanding will do to the cabinets, that glossy finish is gone! And the surface becomes more porous.
For the doors, make sure you take them outside to the garage and create sort of a painting station in which they do not touch the floor, like this:

Step six:
This one is optional, but since it is the KITCHEN we decided to do it and believe me, it was a key factor in the success of this project. We used wood filler to fill the oak grain. Just plain ol' Elmers. I applied a THIN coat, let it dry and then sanded it with 320 grit sandpaper. We vacuumed and cleaned again! My arms were numb...

Step seven:
The painting starts-FINALLY-!
We painted a couple of coats with a GOOD primer. We used one from Valspar that adheres to anything. It is formulated for cabinetry. Let dry for at least 8 hours. 24 hrs is better but if you are as impatient as me you can try the 8...

Step eight:
PAINT! Make sure you use a REALLY GOOD quality paint, I recommend  Benjamin Moore products. I used the INSUL-X paint from BM in White Dove, they can tint it to any of the BM products. This paint is especially formulated for cabinets, is self leveling, it dries fast and the finish is awesome. It hardens like enamel. It is pricey bit it is still a LOT cheaper than replacing your cabinets! I used a good quality brush for the corners (get the PURDY brand) and a small roller for super smooth surfaces. If you can, you can get a spray painter for an even better job. I gave three coats and it took me two days on this part.
These are the steps. I am not going to lie, it is a tedious process, but the results are awesome. The kitchen looks now bigger and modern. We also painted the walls in BM Moonshine. The final reveal will come soon, for now you can get a peak...

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

For the Soul Sundays

Friday, May 9, 2014

Long Time No See!

Hello friends and family. I am again back into the blogging world. I decided to take some months off as I was going through some difficulties. I am now better and ready to come back again. I really had to put some distance to my blogging since I needed some time to de-stress and re-energize. In an upcoming blog post, I will explain what I went through because I know there are several other women suffering from the same condition and I know how important it is to reach out and help one another. However, I took some time to finish some projects around the house, and some are BIG! I give you a little bit of upcoming posts:
kitchen makeover, office reveal, fabric projects, summer recipes, new science experiments with kids, boredom busters, new "For the Soul Sundays," hallway makeover, easiest board and batten and much more...
Sneak peaks of inspiration boards...

Remember the family room an the living room? Almost done!

Stay tuned...
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