At first I was so pumped about my Christmas vacation project, and then I knew I reached a point of renovation hell! I had read several blogs and DIY sites to get the top tips. Here’s what we did:
1. Clean the cabinets. I used Krud Kutter.
The mistake I made was that I cleaned cabinets like I was just cleaning the kitchen. What I learned is that I needed to clean every nook and cranny. I didn’t even see that much dirt and greasing coming off the cabinets and I suppose I didn’t think they were that dirty. As a result, the paint was pulling.
Shout out to all my friends on Facebook that offered advice: Jared, Leah, Jennifer, Lisa, Margie, and Amy. It’s so great to hear words of encouragement and advice while you are in the muck of renovation hell, when all seems hopeless.
2. Sand and clean with acetone
Shout out to my awesome neighbor Steve who helped us tremendously on this project and the built in’s…more to come on that.
Shout out to my terrific husband for helping, contracting, and being my rock, as always. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me ❤️
So here is the hardest part, the one I dreaded even considering this project. I tried both paint brush and rolling the paint.
I preferred the paint brush look but in the end used the roller as I thought it would improve the pulling paint.
Then I let each side dry for a day.
While they dried we painted the actual cabinet bases. Again, prime and two coats of paint. Don’t forget to tape everything off.
This was definitely a five day project as the drying took longer than expected. I learned a little trick by putting the rollers and brushes in a bag to keep them without cleaning each day.
The cabinet that were pulling evened out after sanding and painting again.
This was a great and really involved project. But all well worth it in the end.
I really love the way it turned out and the white really made the white appliances disappear! Hurray!!