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Painting our Kitchen Cabinets

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing how I painted our kitchen cabinets. I did this in the summer of 2019, and it's currently almost been 3 years since I painted them! So I will tell you how they've held up too, and you can decide if you want to go with this method!

Here is where we started:

So much honey oak am I right? The first thing I did was remove the crown moulding from around the top of the cabinets, I especially didn't love it above our sink area. Removing it was like a sigh of relief.

I'm sure you're probably thinking that looks funny....but I didn't leave it like that!

After removing the crown moulding, I gave the cabinets a good scrub and used liquid sandpaper to knock down some of the sheen. I'll be honest, I don't know if the liquid sandpaper did much to help, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Our cabinets had a really solid sheen from poly and I had to do something, and I for sure did not want to sand all of them down. After that was done, I removed every single cabinet door, and taped off the walls.

I used a good primer first, and then did a few coats of paint on the cabinet boxes using a foam roller. You can see that below:

For the doors I propped them up on little paper cups in my garage and used my Home Right paint sprayer from Amazon! This thing was only $100 and it worked great to get a nice even finish.

The last thing I did was spray the cabinet doors with General Finishes water based topcoat. Here is what my kitchen looked like after painting!

If you're curious how it's held up 3 YEARS later...I'd say pretty amazing! I have had to do a couple touch ups on 3-4 of the cabinets that get the most use from little knicks and scratches, but other than that they've held up great. Even with scrubbing etc. SO if you're nervous about painting your cabinets - I think you should go for it!


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