Cabinet Refinish Project
Why pay thousands of dollars to have your kitchen updated when you can do it yourself for way less! I have been staring at my outdated cabinets for almost 5 years. They are decent oak cabinets but the 90’s light oak stain. I called for an estimate to have them repainted and was SHOCKED when I received bids between $2500 – $5000.00. I realize I have 44 pieces (including drawer fronts), but that is way more than I could pay (or would pay). So I started doing research and decided I could do this myself, although I was a little concerned they may not turn out like I hoped. My husband was way concerned! I did a lot of research and discovered prep and paint is the key to success. I used a self leveling paint by Benjamin Moore.
Make sure you use self leveling paint because that means you won’t have any brush strokes.http://
The paint is “Advance Paint by Benjamin Moore” This paint is more expensive, but believe me, it’s worth it! First of all, I only used 1 gallon and just about 1 cup of another gallon. I bought an extra gallon when I first started because I figured I would use at least 2 or more gallons. They will come out nice and smooth. But before you start painting you have to do the prep work. I worked in 1 section of cabinets at a time because I did’t want my entire kitchen a work area. I knew I would be taking my time and working when I was off work and on weekends. I had my husband take off the cabinet fronts and mark the cabinet with a piece of tape on the back and also marked that number in the base of the cabinet where the front goes. I put all of the hardware in ziplock bags and placed them in the bases as well. The next step is to clean your cabinets. I used a cleaner called TSP.
After cleaning I sanded. I used a Ryobi hand sander which I bought at Home Depot for about $30.00. You can do it by hand if you want, but I already had the sander and it does make it easier and quicker. I used a 220 grit sand paper for this. The higher the number the finer the sandpaper is. Make sure you remove the dust after you sand. I bought moist baby wipes at a discount grocery store for $1.19 for 100 wipes. They worked great. Then the priming comes in. I used Zinsser primer. Priming is important because helps the paint to adhere and covers up imperfections, although if you have wood chips or chunks missing , priming won’t fix that. You would have to use wood filler for that. Use 2 coats of primer with a light sanding in between. Use a 800 – 1000 grit after priming and painting. This will help achieve a smoother finish. When I primed I just used a foam brush that I through away when I was finished. I bought a pack of about 4 for pretty cheap. You can get them at any hardware store.
For the painting I used a good paint brush. This is important because the cheap ones will shed bristles. You want a nice angled brush to get into the corners. http:///. After 2 coats of priming with sanding lightly between coats, it’s time to start painting. I used a roller for the flat front and used the brush for the beveled areas. I used 2 coats of paint and sanded with the 800 grit sandpaper after the first coat of paint. I did not sand after the 2nd coat and it looks great. You will want to use the same process for the cabinet bases and the inside of the doors too. I did not paint the inside of the cabinet bases, because mine looked pretty good already. I used a satin finish paint which gave them a bit of a shine. No need to use a top coat if you use the good paint. The Benjamin Moore Advance paint is extremely durable. I have dripped sauces and grime on them and they clean up perfectly with no chipping or staining. I am so happy with how my cabinets turned out!! They look fantastic. There’re are no drips or imperfections. With all the supplies I used and after painting 44 pieces, I spent less than $400.00. It completely changes the look of my kitchen. You can do this too. I would love to see pictures of your project. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to help you out. Good Luck!!