Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

This is our kitchen today!

This is what it looked like when we moved in.

This is the beginning of my process.
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After prepping a few doors, I figured out a better system.
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Let's start painting.
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The backs are done, but they are not consistent in color.  We all looked at them and came to a consensus about which we thought would look best.  We are going for the look on the bottom right, a little more coverage.

Painting the actual cabinet.....
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Everything is painted and the doors are ready to go back on.

An after shot.  But I still need to solve the back splash problem.

I looked at home improvement stores.  Some of their cheap and easy solutions were neither cheap, nor easy.  I first tried one product, but it was wall paper and it tore and ripped horribly.  I then thought of contact paper - durable and easy to clean!
The funny thing is that I had such a difficult time with the wall paper, I didn't want to mess it up.  Over a week later I finally attempted it.  I love it!

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I prefer to decorate with red rather than to have it be part of the permanent decor.  
However, the counter is red and this contact paper caught my eye.

We installed hardware too.

This is my kitchen for now!

After painting, you will want to put a protective coat on, like polyurethane.  This may take several coats.  
I cannot handle the chemicals, so no go for me.  I just have extra paint. 
Even with a protective coating, painted cabinets tend to chip.  Use the BEST quality paint you can find.  A specialty paint store will be more expensive up front, but it will save disappointment in the long run.
Buy the best brush too!
It took me 3 years of wanting to refinish my first set of cabinets.  I was so pleased when I finally did it.  If you are thinking about it, just get started.  If you hate your cabinets, I'm sure any change you make will be an improvement.