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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

diy refinish kitchen cabinets

So, you want to redo your kitchen cabinets without all of the contractors in your home and want to save some money.  I always tell my clients that you don’t have to follow the trends but you absolutely need to love your home.

Here’s the supplies you will need

diy kitchen cabinets makeover

Step 1:  Select a color.

I tend to use the Restoration Hardware color deck when painting kitchen cabinets and really any cabinetry. I love their colors. So make sure you take into consideration everything in the room. This includes countertops, floors, wall color, draperies and furniture. If you don’t consider all of the things you could have regrets and nobody wants that to happen.

I purchase this paint at JC Lichts you can also order it on Amazon and bring it in to be tinted at your local paint store. It doesn’t matter which color deck you use. If you provide them with your paint color and they can match it for you. I use this paint because it does not require a top coat. If you would like to use one you are more than welcome. It is applied the same way as the primer and the paint.

Step 2: Grab some tape and get started.

Make sure you tape around all of your cabinet shells. I never use chalk paint on cabinets. I don’t feel it is durable enough to hold up to my kids and dogs. That’s my preference you can use whatever you want. This is my favorite tape.

Step 3: Grab yourself a drill or a screwdriver and remove your doors and drawers.

You need to number each cabinet door and place the same number on the inside of the cabinet. The first kitchen I ever did, I did not number anything and it made it so much harder to put it all back together. I generally write the number under the hinge in a permanent marker and then I put a piece of tape over it. That way if you cover the number with paint when spraying or brushing you still have that number hidden under that piece of tape.

Step 4: Time to Sand

Once everything is removed you start the sanding process.

  1.  I have a sander and use 220 grit, which makes things a lot quicker but you can also use these sanding pads. They are great. It doesn’t have to be a complete sand to bare wood. It just needs to scuff it enough to give it tooth for your paint to have something to stick to.
  2. After you have them completely sanded you will wipe them down with TSP which you mix with water ½ cup of TSP to 1 gallon of warm water. Be sure to use gloves, a mask and goggles. Wipe them down with a rag thoroughly .
  3. Let them dry and wipe them down again with clean warm water. Keep changing out your water so it stays clean.

Step 5: Time to paint the cabinets

Quick tip: You can use these cabinet triangles to set the doors on so you can get to the edges of the doors. I have set them on cans of paint when I have been in a pinch. Make sure you drop cloth or plastic under where you are painting. If you have any stains on your doors or drawers spray them with a can of bin primer, which will keep them from yellowing. I do not use this on every cabinet only where it is needed.

  1. Always spray or roll them with a primer first. Don’t be afraid of a sprayer either. They are great and you can move so much quicker. Start out slow and after a few doors you will be rocking and rolling. I recommend these rollers and this brush. They work really well with thinner paints. I use an HVLP sprayer. It has been magical. It’s extremely lightweight which is what you need. What you don’t want is to have a container of paint over the gun. It gets really heavy very quickly.
  2. I stand my drawers up on their back end and tape a piece of cardboard over the drawer opening. I tend to spray the doors and roll out the bases or shells of the cabinets. It’s easier to prevent drips when doors are lying flat. If you spray the bases and aren’t used to the sprayer you will get drips. Keep a roller nearby just in case.
  3. Let them dry for an hour and then start your next coat.
  4. Always do 2 coats of paint. You don’t usually need to sand between coats if you have prepped really well. If you do see something that you are not crazy about you can sand using the Mirka sanding pads but be sure to clean off all of the dust. Dust is your arch nemesis during this process. I keep a chip brush around for these instances
  5. Let the cabinets dry overnight so that you do not have any problems with the finish before reinstalling. Trust me on this one. NOBODY wants to start this process over because you rushed it and nicked a cabinet door.

BTW now that you have the hang of it, how about tackling your kitchen table. I have a great tutorial on that and you can find it HERE

Dining Room Table After 2


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