Before we even moved into our home, I knew that I would be painting the kitchen cabinets. They were oak and just made the kitchen feel dated.
We have lived here for a few months now but with the arrival of the baby and our other projects, we just hadn’t had time to get to the kitchen cabinets yet. So about a week ago I finally had a minute of free time and decided to just go for it.
I really did not want to sand every single cabinet down, so we decided to use this liquid sander deglosser. We removed all of the cabinet doors and (wearing a glove) used a cloth to wipe this stuff on – a little goes a long way. After that was finished, I waited ten minutes and then did a second coat.
Then, I applied the first coat of paint with a paintbrush.
The paint did not completely cover up the wood, but I didn’t worry about it too much since it was just the first coat.
I let the first coat of paint dry for 24 hours and then sanded with a super-fine sandpaper (800 grit) just to remove any tiny little bumps in the paint. After that, I wiped everything down to remove all sanding dust.
For the second coat, I decided to use a roller for a smoother finish. Obviously the roller wouldn’t fit into the edges so I used a brush on those first and then went over the flat parts with a roller.
In the picture below, the cabinet door on the left has been rolled. The one on the right only has one coat (with the paintbrush). Much better finish with the roller!
I let the second coat dry for about 24 hours again and then touched them up with a paint brush in a few little spots.
Then, I used a brush to apply a clear satin polycrylic. I chose a water-based sealant because an oil-based one may yellow after time. I’m not sure if it would matter a whole lot on dark colored cabinets, but since I was putting this over white I wanted to be extra careful.
After a while, I got tired of brushing on the poly and decided to try using a spray can. This worked just as well and I would absolutely recommend it. So much easier!
The poly dries super fast – I waited about 30 minutes after applying the first coat and then sanded the cabinets down with an 800 grit sandpaper. Again, this is just to remove any tiny bubbles/imperfections. After that I applied one more coat and let it dry for a couple hours before re-hanging the cabinet doors.
After I hung the cabinets I realized that I didn’t want to put all of the old hardware back on (because it was ugly…just saying). BUT I also didn’t want to go buy all new hardware just yet – I’m not ready to make that kind of a commitment. ;)
So…spray paint to the rescue!
Here’s the end result. The lower cabinets are still not finished, because I just haven’t found the time to do them, but I will post pictures when I’m done!
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