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That Weekend We Spent Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

I swear, I have never been so excited to go back to work on a Monday.  It means I don't have to paint anything! Woot woot!  And bonus I get to wear jeans and a hoodie today.  I love casual days!  If only they were every Monday.  As I mentioned on Friday, this weekend we painted out kitchen cabinets.  Holy Moly what a project!  I am so glad we did it, but man was it a lot of work!  Thanks goodness my mother-in-law spent the weekend helping us.  I'm not sure it ever would have gotten done without her.  Even with 3 sets of hands working hard all weekend, the doors still are not back on and a coat of varnish needs to go on the backs of the doors.  I don't have pictures of the finished product yet, well because it's not finished, but hopefully these photos will give you an idea of what we accomplished.

Here are a few before shots.  Of course I forgot to take any before we actually look the cabinet doors off.  These are back from when we first moved in. The cabinets are builders grade.  They weren't horrible, but oh my goodness what a difference some paint made!




Choosing a color was definitely tough.  We have white appliances, except for our fridge which is stainless steal.  The worlds ugliest, most neutral but goes with nothing granite counter tops, white trim, grey walls....you get the picture.  For a whole lot of neutrals it was tough.  The color we ended up with was the same color as our living room/dining room walls which was somewhat of an accident.




The next project on the list is putting a cute contact paper in the shelves and then cleaning them out!  So glad doors hide the clutter!



Fair warning, your house becomes a mess while this is all going on!  There are still doors covering pretty much the entire living room/dining room floor and stuff is everywhere!

My mother in law is the best!  She MADE the color.  We used chalk paint (Annie Sloan), which is AWESOME for projects like this.  No priming, no prepping, just paint.  2 coats and a finishing layer of a polyurethane with a satin finish (ok 2 coats in some placed) and we were done!  The only thing we did ahead of time (besides taking the doors and drawers out, removing all of the hardware and using painters tape to take off edges) was wipe everything down with TSP (make sure you wear plastic gloves!!) to get any gunk and grime build up off.


DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

(In case you are wondering, this is a mixture of Old White, Graphite and French Linen)

Oh except, since our cabinets are not super stellar quality, we discovered some pretty big gaps after we painted a test door.  So the hubby headed off to Home Depot for some wood filler.  He had to fill the gaps, wait for it to dry and then sand and wipe the doors down.  An extra step we were not anticipating.  Had we realized this we would have gotten it done ahead of time.

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets


And then we painted and painted and painted.  I decided I wanted the back of all of the cabinet doors painted too, to give the kitchen a more overall finished look.  It made everything take a little longer but I think it was worth it.

DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets


DIY Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets



Proof that I painted and DIY-ed something!




Buoy was such a good boy all weekend.  And a huge help. ;-)

This is as close to the finished product as we have at the moment.  Hopefully we will get the doors back up tonight and be one step closer to being DONE!  It was a lot of work, but totally worth it!  And now I get to work on the fun part: finding some more pops of color to decorate with!







Phew.  So there you have it.  The weekend we spent painting our kitchen cabinets.  If you are looking to make and "easy" and inexpensive update to your kitchen, I would highly recommend giving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a-whirl.  It was a long weekend, but now we will get years of enjoyment out of it.  Totally worth it!



7 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic!! I love the color you guys went with!!

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    1. Thank you! LOL not sure we could mix it again if we tried! We have just enough left for touch ups!

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  2. They looks so good! i like the color you chose and the silver handles.

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    1. Thanks! Fortunately the silver handles were the ones we had before we painted, so it all worked out really well! Didn't have to buy new hardware!

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  3. I really like the color-- I'm glad you didn't go with white. I think the grayish tone looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks!!! Yeah we thought about white, but it just wasn't going to be quite right. So happy with how it turned out!

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  4. I am very impressed! The color came out fabulous but you are right that looks like a ton of work!

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