I wanted the kitchen cabinets updated, he didn’t.
Do you have a family member who is stuck in the past, maybe a parent or a grandparent who just doesn’t want to do an update to their kitchen? I do—and it took some talking to get Jamie’s dad to let me give his kitchen cabinets a makeover. His house is a 100 year old farmhouse. The kitchen was updated in the 70’s, long before we bought this house. There are many updates that need to be done, but for now, I am just tackling the cabinets.
Here is the before and after. Quite a change, don’t you think?
The steps involved were as follows:
- Wash all wood with TSP
- Lightly sand all surfaces with fine grit (220) sandpaper
- Wipe down all surfaces
- Remove doors and drawers and all hardware
- Put hardware in a safe place, being careful not to lose anything
- If necessary, sand (built up grease) edges of doors
- Use painter’s tape and newspaper to protect inside of doors from paint.
- Add picture frame molding for detail
- Prime all wood surfaces with a light coat of primer
- Allow to dry
- Lightly sand all surfaces, apply another light coat of primer
- Allow to dry—lightly sand
- Apply a light coat of Semi-Gloss paint
- Allow to dry—lightly sand
- Apply a second coat of Semi-Gloss Paint
- Allow all surfaces to cure well before re-installing doors and drawers. I waited two weeks after last coat of paint. Due to storing the doors/drawers in the garage, they were still a little tacky. The facings and other surfaces in the kitchen cured much more quickly.
- Drill holes for new knobs, reinstall hardware—I switched from handles to knobs
- Spray paint hinges/drawer handles, install hinges and doors. I used Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
- Step back and SMILE! Pat yourself on the back!
I used the touch up roller for the first coat, but after that I switched to this foam roller. The foam roller does a much better job getting in tight places around the trim.
I have a Homeright Finish Max paint sprayer that I used on all of the doors and drawer fronts. It really makes the job go quicker. I find it works best with the surface held vertically. I sprayed the surface with the Zinser oil based paint, then laid the door down to get the edges.
I used this combination square to make sure the molding is all equidistant from the edge.
A handy nail gun, and some wood putty made this job easy.
I used EasyCare in semi-gloss (Sugar Sweet) on these cabinets. A good paint brush is a must.
I made a little template out of some thin plywood to insure all my knobs would be placed the same. It was two-sided—one for left knobs, the other for right knobs. I placed the dot into the corner where the knob was to go, marked it with a pencil, then drilled my hole.
Some new bead board and the window frames got a nice coat of paint also.
In addition I bought two new blinds to brighten up the space.
Is the kitchen fully updated? No—but this was a huge step in the right direction, and Jamie’s dad loves the new look!
How about you? Do you love the updated look? Is there someone in your family resisting change?