As stated in earlier posts, I abhor the color of our cabinets in our new house. They have been a yellow natural wood color, and it's a little too Gatlinburg for my taste. It has been my goal one since day one to paint that color away. Of course it would've been ideal to hire the job out. However, after getting some quotes- I thought "There's no way I am THAT bad of a painter..." I am what you'd call VERY STINGY when it comes to doling out funds for major projects that could even potentially be DIY. TJ has learned that I'm going to be determined to try it myself before we give-in to paying someone else for anything.
After months of researching, reading articles on pinterest, watching youtube videos, etc- I decided to dive in. Well, before I could dive in- we took roughly 6 trips to Lowes to FINALLY decide on the perfect color and product. Following lots of discussion, it was concluded that practice on the laundry room cabinets which are identical to the kitchen cabinets (the end goal is a kitchen makeover) would be a good idea. I knew I wouldn't be heart broken if the laundry room didn't look perfect... after-all, I am the world's worst laundress and barely spend any time in there anyway ha.
Let me start by introducing you to the product that made this possible: Valspar Cabinet Enamel. This paint is made for projects like this and painters like us (amateurs). While I'd read of sanding, priming, nightmares.... none of that was necessary thanks to Valspar. No sanding (aside from imperfections we wanted to get rid of), no priming- just PAINT. This paint is self-leveling, meaning that even with my crazy inconsistent brush strokes and noob painting- it makes me look like a professional. The brush strokes are minimized and the paint is heavy duty enough that it is not going to easily scratch or damage. This product is a life saver. Another great thing about it is how far one can of it goes- a lot goes A LONG way.
We chose Mountain Smoke as our color and away I went. TJ removed all hardware/took the cabinet doors down. I draped a pink drop cloth over our dining room table, and went to town. I decided that two coats would be necessary due to my subpar skills. The first coat was purely for coverage, the second was for perfecting. For a day or two, I would paint the first coat, let it dry over night and then paint the second coat. When I got home from work, we would re-assemble with hardware and hang the cabinets. VOILA- I had a laundry room transformation. This laundry room look meant much more than that- it gave me the courage and confidence in my painting to continue throughout the house.... bathroom is complete- and kitchen is underway. Who knows what else I will find to makeover.
I also think new hardware is a great way to make a change, but was having a hard time talking TJ into the Gold that I loved (Especially with our Mountain Smoke color). SO- for the laundry room practice round, I sprayed painter the original hardware GOLD (it was Silver). The colors pop and come together perfectly- and it actually made me like the original hardware enough to keep it ... and TJ likes it too :).
I am learning through this process of making our house a home that screams of our personalities, that it just takes a little push to dive in and take on the projects you never dreamed you could. If you've ever thought of painting your cabinets- DO IT. It is so rewarding to see the finished transformation. If you have any questions or need an extra push to start on your cabinet painting journey- let me know!
I've since completed our master bathroom cabinet project and can't wait to post post-painting pictures of our kitchen too!