Whew! Going through these pictures makes me realize how glad I am to be done! It was a big job. I did it by myself, with the 3 kids hanging around and trying to run through the wet paint. So if I can do it, anyone can! Really.
Here is how I painted my kitchen cabinets.
Step 1: Prep Kitchen
I took everything out of the drawers and cabinets. The food and plates and silverware and some other things went in the pantry. Everything else went on the countertops, which I covered with garbage bags.
Tape around the cabinets, and on the shelves right next to the frame.
Step 2: Remove hardware
I found it was easier to take the doors off the frames first, and then remove the rest of the hardware from the door.
I took off all the old bumpers. I didn’t want to have to paint around anything.
Make sure to label your drawers and doors, and keep the hardware together.
Step 3: Sand. My dad let me borrow his orbital sander. I really don’t think I could have done this without it. I highly recommend using one.
You don’t have to sand a ton, just get the shine off.
Step 4: Caulk
When I starting painting the cabinets a few months ago, I didn’t do any prep work. There was a pretty big gap in all of the cupboard doors where the trim and panel met. This is what happened with the paint:
So I decided to caulk in that space. It was a huge pain, it took forever and was messy. If I could go back, I would still caulk the doors. However, I wouldn’t have tried to get it done so fast. I got sloppy with the cleanup, thinking I’d sand it down later. Didn’t really work out that way. If you are going to caulk, definitely make sure you wipe it up thoroughly before it dries.
This is what I used. I actually got two on clearance for 25 cents each!
Run the caulk along the edges.
Smooth with your finger. Keep a wet rag handy to clean off your finger.
Clean up the excess (very important!)
Step 5: Paint
I painted the cupboards first, and then the doors and drawers.
I ran out of floor space, so I just stacked up the drawers on bar stools.
The cupboards were all over the kitchen floor. It was too cold to paint them in the garage, so I just layed out a plastic painter sheet and lined them up inside.
I used plastic bathroom cups to prop up the doors so they wouldn’t stick to the plastic. I painted two coats on the front of the doors, let them dry for 12 hours or so, flipped them over and painted two more coats on the other side.
I cut into the corners with a paintbrush, and used a high density foam roller for the rest. Like this:
Step 6: Finish
After letting them dry for at least one full day, replace all the hardware and hang the doors back up. Put some new bumpers on the doors and drawers. If you don’t, the doors will stick to the frame.
Remove the tape. I like to run a razor along the edge so the tape doesn’t pull the paint off with it.