(This post is done in collaboration with Hickory Hardware, Dunn-Edwards, and HomeRight This post may also include affiliate links. All opinions and comments are 100% mine, I only promote products I believe in!)
I’m absolutely loving my new kitchen! It’s been a long time coming and I’m ecstatic to be complete. With each week of the makeover compacted with work I haven’t been able to share how I repainted my cabinets. YES, I said repaint!
When we 1st bought our home we painted the cabinets white, the only problem was that I used the wrong paint and it was chipping and wearing away. So it was a necessity to redo them for this project.
You can see below our home at day 1 then after we first painted the cabinets white.
From a far they look okay, but up close they were bad. We also ripped out the old backsplash, installed new granite, new faucet, new floors, and new wall paint. But that’s where we stopped. Now, 3 years later I was ready to tackle my kitchen the right way!
So here’s how I repainted my cabinets.
Step 1 // I removed all the door fronts from the cabinet base.
Step 2 // I cleaned the base & doors. Then re-caulked in the joints and spackled any holes including the old hinge holes since I would be installing new hinges.
Step 3 // Then I lightly sanded both the base and doors using 220 grit sandpaper.
Step 4 // Next I dusted everything off and prepped my backyard to spray everything. I ended up making my own make shift spray tent since the Spray Shelter from HomeRight was back ordered. But it would have been so much faster and easier using their tent! This shelter is pretty amazing!
Step 5 // I started off priming all the doors and the cabinet base. I used Dunn-Edwards ULTRA-GRIP® Select Primer. I hand painted the base but I sprayed the cabinet doors.
To spray the doors I used HomeRights Finish Max Sprayer. It’s the perfect hand held spray gun that gets the job done! Plus, it’s light weight and easy to clean when your done.
Step 6 // After the primer dried on everything, I wiped it all down with a tack cloth.
Step 7 // Next, I sprayed the 1st coat of Paint on the doors. I started by spraying the back, or the inside of the cabinet doors. I used Dunn-Edwards Cool December (DEW383) in semi-gloss in their ARISTOSHIELD® line. It’s the perfect bright white.
I allowed everything to dry outside for the suggested amount of time. Then, I applied the 1st coat to the front. Again, letting everything dry, I finally applied 1 more coat to the front. So, in the end the doors got 1 coat primer, 1 coat paint on the back, and 2 coats paint on the front.
Step 8 // At the end of the day I moved all the doors into my garage to sit and REALLY dry for about 2 days.
During this period I finished painting the cabinet base with a coat of the paint.
Step 9 // Time to put it all back together. My original hardware was your standard exposed hinges. But the 1st time I painted my cabinets I painted over them and they did NOT hold up. This was the worst part of our cabinets before. So, with this makeover I really wanted concealed hinges. Unfortunately, how my cabinets were built this would of been a huge task to make it happen. So I went with the next best option and used Hickory Hardware Semi-Concealed Full Wrap Hinge in white.
They did take some time to install, especially when it came to hanging them back on the cabinet base, but well worth the time. For one thing they look so much better and finished, then to top it off the white blends perfectly with my cabinet color.
To mount everything I purchased these templates. In all honesty, I only used them half the time since some of my pulls were too long.
But here is the breakdown for the pulls:
- Cabinet Pulls, Hickory Hardware 160mm Skylight pull in Stainless Steel
- Small Upper Cabinet Pulls, Hickory Hardware 96mm Skylight pull in Stainless Steel
- Cupboard Pulls, Hickory Hardware 12″ Skylight pull in Stainless Steel
Again, this did take some time (about 1 day of work) but well well worth it!
I was so excited and relieved once I installed that last piece of hardware! My cabinets are complete and look 100x better than before.
Here’s more after pictures.
If you want to catch my entire Kitchen makover, find all the previous posts here. Including the reveal.
Or check out the Reveal here:
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