When we moved into our house three years ago, I was psyched about many things in our kitchen…but not the orangey-oak cabinets. Now and then we whined about how we wished the original owners had picked out more high-end finishes when they built the house…but then we reminded ourselves that any high-end finishes might have precluded us from buying it.
And so, we lived with the cabinets, adding a faux-tin backslash with the hopes that it would help…
Fast forward to this past August. I couldn’t take it any more and I was Googling “how to paint cabinets.” That is when I found Young House Love with the handy step-by-step instructions (I love how they type things out so that I don’t have to!). They made it look so easy and so appealing, so I set into action, running to Lowe’s for supplies and returning to get started. Chris looked scared.
After dismantling, removing hardware, cleaning, and painting four coats (one coat of oil-based primer and three coats of high-gloss ultra white finish) nine hours had passed. Here is the half-way done result. What a difference, right?
But wait, it gets better. Three weeks later I actually finished the job during Project Week. And then 2.5 months later I actually got around to photographing the finished product:
When this was done I swore that I would never pick up another paintbrush. I had blisters and cramps in my hand from grasping the brush and roller for so many hours! Never mind the impossible-to-remove oil-based primer all over my hands, feet and legs! But, it was so worth it and, truth be told, I would do it all over again. (And it didn’t stop me from painting the guest bedroom later that same week.)
I should also note that somewhere along the way we painted the previously primed-only kitchen walls a nice shade of Olympic Glazed Pears. The dark pictures don’t show it well, but this warm white color actually balances the white cabinets and white floors quite well.
What do you think?!? Do you like our transformation as much as we do? Can you believe they are the same cabinets?