Kitchen Renovation: Painting Cabinets White

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Here’s an update on our slow kitchen remodel.  We are so glad to have the cabinets finished.  It was a BIG project, but well worth it!  We are loving the white cabinets!  On a side note, if you have oak cabinets like we do, you may want to think twice about painting them because oak has a deep grain that is impossible to fill unless you take the time to putty and sand it all before painting.

Supplies:
  • paint and primer
  • new hardware
  • new hinges
  • paint sprayer
  • sand paper
Game Plan:

1.  Clean cabinet surfaces with soapy hot water.  Let dry.

2.  Sand down cabinet surface areas.

This was the messiest part.  Dust got everywhere and I ended up having to wash everything that was in our cabinets because we didn’t block anything off.  It was probably a good thing though, because I ended up getting rid of a lot of stuff we don’t use.  We sanded some by hand and some with a powered hand sander.

3. Remove cabinet doors and hinges from the face frames.

4.  Apply primer to cabinet frames.

We were told to do two coats of primer from a paint specialist so we followed instructions.  We used a brush and small roller to apply paint to the cabinet frames.

5.  Paint 2 coats of white (or your choice of color) paint onto cabinet doors.  Allow to dry for 24 hours between coats.

We used Sherwin Williams’ semi-gloss smooth enamel finish paint in extra white.

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Face frames finished

how to paint kitchen cabinets tutorial6.  We used a paint sprayer to paint our cabinet doors so we could get a smooth finish.

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So far, the changes we have made to our kitchen have been installing a new pendant light, purchasing a new oven, and painting our cabinets white.

We have many more things on our to-do list for our kitchen remodeling:

  • paint toe kick
  • get quartz countertop we picked out installed
  • put in new sink and faucet
  • tile backsplash

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