The painting of cabinets has begun! In the laundry room that is! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that the kitchen is started too. Shhhh! Don’t tell!
I started in the laundry room about a month ago for a couple reasons (1) small space, (2) I had leftover trim primer and paint (not enough or good enough for the kitchen), and (3) a smaller, less noticeable space to test out my cabinet painting skilz.
Let me remind you where we started in this room:
The cabinets are nice and solid oak, but the previous owners had spray painted the exterior (and only the exterior, thank goodness!) black. Not just any old black, cheap, cheap, CHEAP black spray paint. The kind that rubs off with a rag and water/vinegar. Ask me how I know.
Prior to move in, we had cleaned, painted the trim, and painted the walls, leaving us with this:
Whoops, sorry folks. Looks like I didn’t take “after” pictures after the painting. I had a lot going on at that time. This is going to be a common theme of all updates going forward. I’m sure I’m missing tons of photos.
The trim is now white (save the window…that will get there someday). Three walls are a light blue/aqua, and the wall behind the toilet is Marblehead Gold (Benjamin Moor color matched to Olympic). Kind of odd colors, you might say. Well, technically this is the odd-ball-here’s-the-colors-we-have-left room. However, I do have a plan to bring it all together. Ha, we’ll see how that works out…
Ok, so that bring us to where we are today (minus flooring which again, no pictures, sorry!)….er, where we were prior to starting the cabinet painting.
First I sand the cabinets down. It didn’t take much elbow grease as I mention, water/vinegar could remove the spray paint.
You can’t see it in the pictures, but there is as fine black dust covering everything. It was gross. The bottoms of my feet were BLACK. Yuck!
Just because I know you’re dying to see it closeup:
On to the cabinet doors! I removed the old hinges and gave them the heave-ho. One tip I learned from Kristen, who does cabinet work all the time is to replace the hinges when you paint. Old hinges will make even a good paint job look worn and old.
I sanded each side twice: once with a 120 grit sandpaper and once with a 220 to make sure everything was nice and smooth. After cleaning off all the dust from sanding, I rubbed both side down with deglosser (liquid sandpaper). I did this step because I know I don’t get into the cracks of the moulding good enough with just sand paper. Also, I figure a little more roughing up couldn’t hurt. Right?
We are ready for paint! I mean primer!
Oh yeah, and I filled the holes from the old hinges and sanded those down as the new hinges didn’t quite line up with the old holes.
Oh here are my tools, in case you are interested. I LOVE the brush. A very good investment, if you ask me. However, I wish it came in a smaller size. Both the width (2″) and the handle are a bit much in my opinion.
Now just to get that handsome hubby of mine to help me re-hang those doors!
Oops, cats out of the bag. He already did. I really thought I took finishing photos too, but I can’t find them. I blame that on the pregnancy. I’ll take more soon and post the after pictures!