Since we bought our new home a little over 1 year ago my inner interior designer came out, making my home makeover simple and fun. We have done quite a few improvements/makeovers—but our current project is probably my favorite. Our kitchen.
The heart of our home, we knew it needed an upgrade. So, I decided to tackle this project without having to spend a lot of money. I have watched quite a few YouTube videos on how to paint kitchen cabinets and once I was done watching I was convinced! It was the perfect DIY solution! New types of water-based cabinet paint like acrylic alkyds and acrylic urethanes have made it much easier to get a durable, professional-looking job. These finishes can be cleaned up with water and don’t make your house smell like a chemical factory. And quality tools like mini rollers and good consumer-grade sprayers allow even beginners, like me, to get pro results.
I started with our kitchen island first. I knew that I wanted our island be our “statement piece”. For a pop of color, my husband and I decided to go with the color sage. I went to Home Depot, got my primer and sage color paint, as well as brushes, etc.
Take off all cabinet doors and drawers.
Clean all surfaces with TSP cleaner to remove any grease and dirt. Cover your countertops, appliances and other areas you want to protect. NOTE: I placed painter’s tape on the wall along the cabinet edges.
Prime kitchen cabinets. It’s important to use even strokes and finish back into the wet primer. NOTE: I used a mini roller on large, flat areas. Also, the primer doesn’t have to look perfect. Its purpose is to solely cover the surface and provide a good base for the finish paint.
Paint the doors and drawers. I started with the backside and applied a smooth even coat. When its dry, I flipped the door over and painted the front.
Paint cabinet frames. I used a brush to paint the frames. Also, please note that you need to apply to coats of paint.
Once everything has been painted (my island took about 4 hrs) it’s time to reassemble the cabinets and hardware.
We absolutely love how our kitchen island turned out. So much, in fact, that my husband and I decided to paint our entire kitchen in a light grey color…so stay tuned for the full kitchen makeover reveal!