I mentioned in this past Saturday’s post that I have this week off from work, and that my wife and I were going to be painting our kitchen cabinets…
My wife has wanted to paint our kitchen cabinets white since we moved into our house in 2008, and we’re finally going to do it. I was pretty skeptical at first. I thought it would be a lot of work, and I didn’t particularly trust that it would turn out very well. However, with the internet making so much information available my wife did some searching and found several people’s blogs detailing how they had done this exact same type of project. I guess if other people can do it, we can too.
Our kitchen cabinets are fairly dated and could really stand to be replaced altogether. But the price of putting in all new kitchen cabinets is way beyond our budget. However, just because we’re working with a budget doesn’t mean we can’t at least do something about our cabinets’ appearance.
Here are a couple pictures of our kitchen at the start of our project:
Laying The Groundwork
There is a lot of prep-work that has to be done before we can actually start work on our cabinets.
The first thing we did was make a list of all the supplies we would need. I’ll post a complete list of everything we bought once our project is completed (since we may end up having to go back to the store and buy additional supplies as we go along). But this includes things like paint, rollers, brushes, sandpaper, tape, etc. So far our total expense is around $150.00, and I don’t foresee it going too much higher unless we need to buy another gallon of paint or something.
The second thing we did was just to sit down and talk about everything that needs done. We know the general idea is that our cabinets need painted, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We need to take off all the doors and drawers (some people actually take down all the actual cabinets as well and then re-hang them after they’ve painted). We need to remove all the hinges and knobs. We found a good deal on knobs at the hardware store, so we’ll be replacing those. But we’re going to be spray-painting our hinges and re-using them. Did you know that a single cabinet door hinge runs $4 to $5? And that’s for a pretty basic hinge. Replacing every hinge on our cabinets would have cost us $150 by itself. We decided on white, semi-gloss enamel paint. This will give our cabinets a nice glossy finish that will be easily washable (very important when you have young children in the house).
My wife spent the better part of a day taking everything out of the cupboards and drawers and putting it all into our office (which is now totally full). I then spent an hour and a half taking down all the doors and drawers. So far so good, but the real work has yet to begin. The kitchen now looks quite naked, and we’ll start working on all the sanding and painting tomorrow.
What kind of home improvement projects have you worked on? I’ve replaced a toilet and installed a dishwasher, but this is my first “big” project. Any pointers?