If, like me, you’re cursed with cheap, orange-hued, builder-grade oak cabinets, don’t despair.
There’s hope in a can of paint.
When I decided to diy my kitchen (more on that story here), I crossed paths with a 2008 blog post from “Girl with Aspirin” that was linked up to a garden web forum.
… I was obsessed.
I followed Girl with Aspirin’s instructions to a tee … and now I will recreate them for you here (I’d share a link but can’t find an active Girl with Aspirin blog).
1. Cabinets: original oak cabinets, painted in Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate Satin Impervo Alkyd (oil-based) paint
2. Faucet: MOEN Lindley Single Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet in Spot Resistant Stainless ($218.00)
3. Walls: Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue (blue-gray color)
4. Backsplash: 1” blue-gray glass mosaic tiles found at Tile Outlet Ltd. in Chicago for $3.99/square foot
- BM Satin Impervo Alkyd (oil-based) in Bittersweet Chocolate
- Purdy angled brushes
- Small foam roller brush
- Thick plastic drop cloths
- Sandpaper and electric hand sander
- Tack cloths and rages
- Mineral spirits for clean-up
I followed these instructions in stages because I didn’t have room to paint all the drawers and doors at the same time. I also did some of the painting indoors (which I don’t recommend) but made sure the family was out of the house. I opened the windows and doors and never, ever turned on the stove around those flammable fumes.
Finally, since I used an oil-based paint I skipped the priming step.
1. Remove doors and drawers.
2. Clean doors, drawers and outside of boxes with soap and water.
3. Lightly sand outside edge of boxes. I wiped them down with damp paper towels and let it dry.
4. Paint the outside edges of the boxes. I used the foam roller at first and then went back with the Purdy brush to pull through and even it out and give it more of a “wood grain” look. I didn’t paint the interiors and have no regrets! Oh, and open all doors and windows and order take-out for dinner.
|There’s no turning back now …|
5. Sand doors and drawers (I only sanded the fronts). Wipe clean.
6. Paint the backs of doors and insides of drawers first. I first rolled on with a small foam roller and then immediately pulled through with the Purdy brush. Use thin coats to avoid drips. It also lets some of the wood grain show through, which I liked. It almost looks more like stain than paint.
7. Be patient. Let the doors dry for — at a minimum — a full day. If you can wait, give it a few days to avoid smudges when you flip them over.
8. Turn doors over and paint fronts the same way. Since I had inset frames, I first used the brush to paint where the inset met the molding. Then I rolled and pulled through with the brush.
9. Let cure for as long as you can stand it. A week or more would ideal. We lived like this for awhile:
|The sink basin had serious water damage so we replaced it with a new cabinet.|
10. Rehang doors. We did ours in stages. I had cabinet doors and drawers strewn about the house for weeks.
|Just waiting on the new counter-top …|
11. I kept the paint can and brush handy for the next month or so for touch-ups.
I ended up only doing one coat and then going back here and there for some touch-up. Just be careful not to overwork or you’ll end up with some weird brush stroke patches.
It’s been a year now and the cabinets have stood up really well. I was a bit worried since I skipped the primer.
To “Girl with Aspirin” – wherever you may be – I send out a giant thank you!
Linking up with:
The Shabby Nest
Miss Mustard Seed
Lolly Jane Boutique
Under the Table and Dreaming
Home Stories A 2 Z
Savvy Southern Style
Funky Junk Interiors
Addicted 2 Decorating
Tatertots and Jello
Sisters of the Wild West