Today, I am insanely proud to share with you my latest DIY makeover, made possible by DecoArt. You guys, I have wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets since Ben and I moved into our home over a year ago. To say I'm excited about the way this turned out, would be quite an understatement. I'm OBSESSED, which is why I am happy to share with you how to makeover your own kitchen cabinets so that you, too, can feel super awesome and handy.
Above is the final product, below is what I started with:
Now, don't be scared! I totally was, but once I got started I realized it was something I should have done a LONG time ago! Here's all you need to begin:
Step 1: Empty Drawers & Cabinets
I read a tutorial where someone left everything in their cabinets and drawers, but that seemed insane to me. So I emptied them out and it actually worked to my advantage - I realized just how many things Ben and I had that we didn't need, want, or ever use. So we have a giant bag full of items to drop off at Goodwill! Unfortunately, as a result for about a week - our kitchen looked like this.
After emptying, I did a lot of cleaning. I used Clorox wipes to get as much grease and grime off as I could. Fortunately, our cabinets were very recently replaced so this step wasn't bad.
Step 2: Remove & Label Hardware
Now that your cabinets, drawers, and counter are clean - it's time to remove the hardware. Taking the doors off as well as the knobs will make painting WAY easier. So even though this step is a little annoying, it'll save you time later.
I snagged this insanely helpful tip from The Palette Muse. Saved me a lot of guesswork. So be sure to label your hardware with the same number as the cabinet it was attached to. Also label the cabinet door so that you remember where it goes once you've painted it! You think you'll remember, but when painting happens over the course of a few days...this will really save you the frustration of putting a very similar sized cabinet door onto the wrong hinge.
Step 3: Tape, Tape, Tape!
Since I knew I wasn't going to paint the inside of the cabinets, I didn't want there to be any chance of paint getting in there. This step is a little time consuming - but makes painting easy breezy.
Step 4: Stainblocker
Now it's time to apply your stainblocker! Anywhere that you plan to paint, cover first with a coat of stainblocker. This will rough up the texture of your cabinets a bit so that the paint won't just slide off and it prevents previous stains from showing through.
Step 5: Mix Your Paint
Mix more than you think you'll need! I used a large plastic tupperware to store it in. With kitchens, messes happen all the time, so you want to be sure you have a little extra paint stashed away to touch up scratches or chips after the job is done. This was especially true in my case since I made a custom color.
If you're a fan of the color I mixed, here's all you need:
Step 6: Paint!
I laid the doors on the floor on top of a drop cloth, I put a couple paper plates under them to keep them raised up.
Everything only needed about two coats, but there were some areas that needed three. I think it all depends on how thick of a coat you put on. But this paint covers really well!
Once the paint dried, I started attaching cabinet doors. I did the top cabinets first so that I could start putting away some of our dishes that were completely taking over the downstairs.
And that's all it takes! I'd say it took about 25-30 hours if you don't include shopping for cute kitchen decor to bring this thang to the NEXT LEVEL! :)
Ben and I had planned to put up a tile backsplash, but after looking through a ton of options and realizing that nothing looked right - I went to my standby: Paint! I used leftover gray from our half bath makeover and voila! I think it's just the pop of contrast it needed! :)
Thank you so much to DecoArt for making this possible!! I love the way it turned out! If anyone has questions about refinishing their own cabinets please reach out below! I'll do my best to help :)
photo above: heather michelle photography
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