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What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

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Over the past 2 weekends, we have been slowly painting our kitchen cabinets. As you know, painting old cabinets that are in good shape is a great way to save money compared to buying all new cabinets.

There was nothing wrong with ours and we liked the existing layout enough (with the addition of a pull out trashcan and an open shelving unit) that painting was perfect for us.

Here’s how we painted the cabinets and some lessons that we learned along the way.

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What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted
What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

We actually painted our bathroom vanities last fall as a test for this project. We wanted to see how hard it was to do and how durable that finish was. Like then, we used Valspar Cabinet Enamel paint. We were pleased with the painting process and also how they held up, so we used the exact same method for these cabinets.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

To prep, we unscrewed all hardware and removed the doors and hinges. I then used the Orbit Sander on each door and on the box of the cabinets. The goal of sanding is to remove the glossy protective finish and make it easier for paint to stick. After sanding, be sure to wipe everything down with a rag.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

The next step was to paint. I love using a high density foam mini roller for the smoothest possible finish. The thing with this paint is that it takes a lot of coats – it took me 6 to be exact. But, it was worth it for the smooth finish in the end.

Here are our best tips for how to open a paint can.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted
What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Our island is Sherwin Williams Watery (like our front door) and the rest of the cabinets were white color matched to our trim. My life tip that Sean never wants to follow: always buy more paint than you think that you need. A quart is almost never enough for anything. Ahem. We used 1 quart of Watery (like, every drop) and almost 2 quarts of the white (should have got a gallon).

The hardware is also via Amazon. Shocker! I got these door knobs and these drawer pulls. I actually asked for them for Christmas because I am that much of a nerd, but I love that they come in 10 packs for economical reasons and because we now have a few spare that we can use on furniture around the house to tie the spaces together.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted
What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

So far, how am I feeling about it? A big part of me wishes that I had painted them all Watery. I love love love the color and just think that it is so me. However, I know that our countertops and our backsplash will bring in a lot more color – so I will reserve judgement until those are in place. And if I still want Watery then, I’ll just take them off the hinges and do it again.

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Here are our tips for organizing kitchen cabinets!

Here is my advice on adding soft close to existing drawers.

Have you painted your cabinets? How did you like the results?

 
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