I wasn’t prepared to spend two full days working and still not open the paint can.
First, I pulled all the hardware off the cabinet doors, the doors off their hinges, and the hinges off the cabinets.
So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.
The first coat of paint is dry on the kitchen cabinets, and it’s looking like it needs some revision. If these are techno gray (at left) and the two next shades on the same chip (middle = Chatroom; right = Hardware), I’m not sure if one further step darker will be dark enough!
I skipped the sanding when I did the bathroom vanity, but these cabinets clearly needed it, especially the ones next to and above the stove.
They were covered in sticky grime that had probably built up over 25 years of sautéing on the stove. Sunday morning started with the cabinets themselves; I wiped them down one more time, and primed.
When I bought my supplies, they told me it was a little too dark to go under the paint I’d chosen. I’m glad I bought a full gallon of paint; hopefully it will be enough.After each door came down, it was labeled by cabinet location These masking tape labels will follow each of the 21 doors through the painting process to keep them all straight. And if I never sand another piece of wood, that would be fine by me!It took about 8 hours of continuous work to sand the 21 doors, 6 drawer fronts, and all of the cabinet frames.Unlike with the bathroom vanity, this time I bought a small roller to help with the bigger expanses, and to avoid brush marks. Originally I’d planned to do the cabinets in phases, only taking on half or so at a time.But then I saw what a mess the sanding made, and realized that I didn’t want coats of paint going on in one part of the kitchen when sanding was going on somewhere else. If I EVER mention open shelving in a kitchen, please direct me back to these photos.