Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Paint Cabinet Boxes

Refreshing the look of your kitchen can seem like a very huge and expensive project. But it doesn't have to be. As you know, we're in the middle of a kitchen redo here at Bloom. and we've already posted about painting cabinet interiors, as well as how to paint tile grout. Today's post will focus on painting cabinet boxes.

For my kitchen cabinets, I decided on the popular two-toned look, with white cabinets up top and darker cabinets below. After researching different whites, I decided on Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore for the uppers. The lower cabinet color is still up in the air as of now. I will also have two open-concept cabinet boxes, on either side of my sink, with dark interiors, which will showcase my nice dishes and vintage decor items. Here are few inspiration pics to give you an idea of the look I am going for:

Photo Source: Beautiful Matters Blog
Photo Source: Design Sponge
Photo Source: Design Darling
Here are the cabinets after we painted the interiors, but before we started painting the boxes:

To begin, the cabinet doors were removed from the cabinet boxes. I like to work in sections, so I don't feel overwhelmed and can easily plan out my painting schedule. I started with the cabinets over my sink and counter area, and with Danielle's help, we first wiped away all dirt and grime using a wet rag and dish-soap. It is important to get all surface areas clean, especially where there is grease buildup, so the paint will adhere. After cleaning, we went over each cabinet box with a medium grit sanding block. We also made repairs where needed, including chips in the wood veneer. After we finished sanding the entire surface was wiped down with a slightly damp rag and left to dry.

Time to paint! For this project, we are using one of our favorite products by Benjamin Moore, their Advance line. This paint is perfect for cabinets as it offers a durable finish and is waterborne for easy clean up and maintenance.

Beginning at the top of each box, we used small, angled Purdy brushes to cut into the trim and edges.

We then used small, microplush rollers by Wooster starting at the top and working our way down the boxes and finally, underneath.

Quick Tip: Use foil to line your paint tray. When you're finished, simply pull out and throw away for easy clean up!
This paint dries very quickly and within an hour we were able to add two coats. Here's a shot as we were cutting in the edges and trim:

Here's a shot after 1 coat:

Between each coat, we used medium grit sanding blocks and very gently sanded the surface. After 4 coats the cabinets looked great!

Next, we moved on to the cabinets above my stove and refrigerator area. Same process here: Start at the top and working down and then underneath.

Here they were, with doors removed before painting:

And after a few coats:

I am loving how crisp and clean the paint is making the cabinets look! It is amazing how far a few coats of paint can go! I cannot wait to get started on the cabinet doors! We'll be using the HVLP paint sprayer on the doors and of course, will be posting on that process very soon! There's also hardware to choose for the cabinets, as well as deciding on a wall color and a new light fixture over the many new projects in the works for my Kitchen Redo! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for new posts from our DIY Series!



JaynaPyke said...

Looks great! Thanks for the tip about lining trays with aluminum foil...such a simple time saver I had never thought of!

Shannon Goodwin said...

Thank you Jayna! I've heard saran wrap works great too! Glad you liked the post!