Monday, April 20, 2009

Kitchen cabinet re-do with paint & new hardware.

We are linking this older post to Kimbas DIY party.

My kitchen cabinets have been bothering me for a long time. Pricing out new ones was too expensive for our budget, so I began to look for other alternatives. After finding inspiration and lots of advice from the gracious Katie at Clean and Classic Interiors,

I convinced my husband that painting our kitchen cabinets would be a good thing.

Here are the products we used. The paint is called Cabinet Coat by Insl-x in the color Almond and the glaze we used was from Lowe's in Mocha. We did NOT prime or sand. This paint is self-settling and dries amazingly smooth. It was very easy to work with and we did our entire kitchen (2 coats) with less than one gallon. *The paint was about $46 a gallon but SO worth the price. Especially when you nix the sanding and priming steps!

So, on to the pictures. Warning, my photography skills and the lighting don't do them justice, & there are a lot of pictures.

BEFORE with the lovely gold hardware:






During the painting first coat on the backs of the cabinets.

The hardest part of this project for us, was keeping our 21 month old out of the cupboards.

Just to keep it real here are a couple shots of the in between craziness.

I am so pleased with how these turned out. I wanted an aged off-white look and the almond with the mocha glaze turned out just as I had hoped, so...drum roll please...

AFTER with the glazing, new hinges and hardware in oil-rubbed bronze.


This is the light fixture that I spray painted to match all the new hardware.




Next on our to do list is a new back splash and new counter tops, but that's going to take some time to save up for. I don't mind though, because every time I walk into my kitchen I can't help but smile and feel happy at how they turned out.

~JJ

52 comments:

Carie said...

I would like to leave a personal testimonial to how great these look. As amazing they are in the pictures, they are more incredible in person. JJ, you are my idol.

Suzi said...

HOLY COW...talk about a "project"!! AMAZING...

Andee Blackham said...

Looks awesome Jamey. If you are just wanting to redo the laminate we had someone carefully remove our old laminate and replace it with a really cool one. You could come see it sometime. Tiling isn't so hard either it's removing the other tile and making the wall ready for tile that is harder. If you don't want to do it your self I have someone for that too. ANDEE

Michelle said...

Looks great Jamey!

Amy said...

WOW! Your cabinets look great! It makes me want to paint something but you know how much time I don't have.:) You and your sisters are so creative. I have 2 sisters but I am the only one that got the creative gene, so it isn't quit as fun. Can't wait to check back and see what other things I can get inspired by!!!! Love, Amy

aahcoffee said...

I have been toying around with the idea of painting our oak cabinets too. I was raised to "never paint wood!!!", but I hate my cabinets. They are good cabinets, but I am just not an oak kind of girl. Can you tell me the steps you did? Did you paint the inside of the cabinets? Or just the back of the doors? Do they chip easily? Or scratch easily? Did you use a roller or a brush? Or both? LOL. Argh! Now I want a pretty light kitchen too......

Barb said...

Love your kitchen!!
I re did my cupboards about 8 years ago,.
Went from dark brown, to creamy white.
Love it!!

blessings,
barbara jean

Jeppson Clan said...

aahcoffe,

we did two coats of paint, then the glaze and finished with 2 coats of polyurethane.
we did paint the trim on the insides of the cabinets, but NOT the insides of the cabinets does that make sense?

we used foam rollers and paint normal brushes. brushes worked best for applying the glaze. we bought a box of t-shirt type rags for wiping off the glaze and they worked great.
let me know if you have any more questions, i'd love to help. good luck!
~jj

Sarah said...

Your cabinets are gorgeous!

Crystal said...

These look great! Where do you buy that cabinet coat paint? And the ORB rustoleum I have not been able to find...where did you find?

Thanks!
This is what I have wanted to do to my kitchen cabs.

sherri said...

Thanks for posting! It gives me courage to paint my oak kitchen cabinets too! The oak is just so passe' now, but I can't talk my husband into it...maybe if I show him your pictures it will help!~Sherri

TwoHeartsTogether said...

wow that looks so good, looks like a totally different kitchen! great work

tkay said...

Your kitchen looks great! I've wanted to paint my oak cabinets for years - now thanks all of your information and pictures, you've inspired me. Two questions: How long did the process take from start to finish? and Did you do a "top coat" of sorts (not sure the technical name) to protect the paint on the cabinets and make them easy to wipe clean. Thanks!!!

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Enchantresses Three said...

tkay,
Thanks for your comment! We finished the entire kitchen in about 3 1/2 days. We did do a polyurethane top coat, using the spray can kind, not the brush on. We did two coats of that. They wipe clean just fine.
If it helps any, we have three boys ages 6 and under, so the kitchen sees a lot of traffic and love. :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

susie said...

they are amazing! what a difference a little paint and a lot of hard work can make!

Twice Remembered said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You did an awesome job! Loved the keeping it real shot....I took one of my kitchen, too, when we were painting our cabinets - fun to look back on!

Blue Creek Home said...

Wow! What a major difference this made in your kitchen. You did a wonderful job.
Rhonda

Kara said...

Wow, wow, wow! I just love how they turned out! I wish I had known about that paint before I started my cabinets. I hate the sanding and priming steps!

Mandi said...

Ah-MAZING! LOve this and you may have made me brave enough to try to glaze my own now. Thanks for sharing. Really great job!

Trudi said...

Wow, I'm dying to paint my cabinets. Your's look awesome.
Great Work!

Alison said...

incredible!!!! You did a great job!

Chris said...

Wow! All that work paid off! It looks amazing!

Janice said...

Nice Job there!!! Yours was the first link I went to at ASPTL. I'm determined to paint my cabinets. Love the depth you got from the glaze!

Sims Family said...

I'm just peeking at your blog from Kimba's party. I LOVE your cabinets. I want to do this, but have been scared. I was looking into some kind og no sand primer, but this is a much better option. Thanks so much for sharing! One question - I heard that Polyurethane turns yellow. Did you use a special non-yellowing kind? I think I may start with a small bathroom for a test area. :)

Poulsen Family said...

Amazing! Love it! I'm here from ASPTL. You know there is paint you can paint your counter tops with at lowes I think...could be a quick solution till there's more money for better ones. You can do it all one color or...I've even seen some do granite type paint...here's a link. http://www.ehow.com/how_2262652_countertop-look-like-real-granite.html

The Cockrells said...

oh my gosh! those are stunning. i don't think i have the stamina or patience to pull off such a huge project--congrats!

Kitty Scraps said...

Well I bow to you as the kitchen cabinet painting Goddess because I know from experience how labor intensive painting cabinets can be and I had nothing like the number of them you have nor did I have kids underfoot! And I did my painting before we moved in... You are truly one inspiring lady, GREAT JOB! Well done you!

Anonymous said...

Those cabinets look great. Since its wood, be sure to clean them regularly with a wood cabinet cleaner

Carmen said...

Wow, this is amazing and just the look I want for our tired builder oak cabinets. Did you also buy the paint at Lowes?

Torey said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling us about the cabinet enamel paint you used. I have ridiculous super shiny old wood cabinets and I have been dying to paint them. But I have not been dying to sand off the varnish and inhale whatever toxic dust they would be giving off. I can't wait to try this paint and avoid sanding!!!

Delightful Dwelling said...

Love,love, love it! Painting the cabinets is one of my next to do things for my kitchen. They are the blah orangey oak similar to what yours were.

Ms. Tee said...

This is *so* pretty! I love the way painting oak cabinets can completely update a room like that!

Becky said...

They look great! I am so in awe of the courage this takes. Well done!!

Melissa said...

I found you through ASPTL. Hello!

I love your cabinets! They are the first painted cabs I've seen that look like mine in color and style. This was a great push in the motivation department to get me off my rear and get me painting. Did you find your cabinet paint at Lowes and does is say that you don't HAVE to sand and prime? I only ask because the laquer on my cabs seems pretty thick, and I can't imagine NOT at least sanding. Just curious.

Love your blog!

Enchantresses Three said...

Thanks everyone!
We bought the paint at ACE hardware. We live in the Kansas City area.

We used a normal spray polyurethane and have had no problems so far. Katie who I linked on this post did hers with the same paint 3 years ago and has had no problems with them. We haven't noticed any yellowing, but with the off-white paint and glazing I don't think I'd even notice if there was.
Let me know if you have any more questions!

Magic Brush said...

I am in Kansas City also! I've never heard of that paint... but my company paints a ton of cabinets... so I will have to look into it! What a wonderful job you did! I'm so happy for you.

Just a thought... you could paint your tile until you can replace the backsplash. Primer sticks to tile... paint sticks to primer. We use car detailing tape to tape off and protect the grout... but then paint away!!!!! Just an idea for you! Many blessings, Jennifer

LindaSonia said...

Can you explain please how you did the glazing. Is it applied over the entire surface and rubbed off or applied only to portions? I painted my cabs in a satin finish white, but they look dull to me or too flat. I'm thinking of adding some antiquing or something.

Also, is the polyurethane a satin or glossy finish? I'm sort of concerned that polyurethane will yellow over time.

Yours look fabulous though. Thanks for sharing! LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Well done~ this is great! I am visiting via ASPTL.
Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

Have a blessed weekend!

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

Looks beautiful. What a difference a little paint (and hard work) will make. You did a great job. Have a wonderful weekend. Connie

Kelli said...

Love, love, love it!!

HeathahLee said...

I have to know, how long did it take y'all do finish this? I have wanted to do this very same thing, but have been so intimidated by the amount of time it's going to take. Any helpful advice? : )

TamraGirl said...

Wow! What an incredible, beautiful change!

eve said...

Those turned out great! I was also going to comment about the way to paint your countertops. I saw it on someone else's blog but now I can't remember whose. They will know at ACE if you want to ask. Again, looks fabulous!

Amy said...

I just have a quick question because I am totally doing my cupbaords now because of you! So you just painted the cupboards with the the one can of paint and then used the galze where you wanted the distressed look? Is that all I have to do. Thanks!
Amy Erpelding
amyerpelding@gmail.com

elisabeth said...

I found this searching for ways to update the oppressive, dark cabinets in the house I am buying without blowing my entire kitchen budget. These.look.AMAZING!! You seriously didn't prime or sand or anything?!?! (several other Cabinet Coat reviewers on other websites said the typical "Prepping your cabinets by cleaning, sanding and priming is key... blahblah...) It seems too good to be true! Did you clean the cabinets with a certain kind of product first?

Nice work!! I can hardly wait to take to those hideous cabinets in my kitchen!!

Cory said...

I SO SO love your cabinets!! My question (now that I have talked my husband into letting me do it) is how have your cabinets held up to regular wear and tear? Would you recommend the products that you used? I am nervous about skipping the sanding and priming steps.
gyrlcac@hotmail.com

Danielle said...

Hi I am from the Kansas City area also! And I too absolutley LOVE your cabinets! I'm sorry if you have already answered this. My question is did you apply the glaze over the entire cabinet or just in the areas you wanted the distressed look? And now that you have the sprayer would you recomend using that if you did it again or would you still use your brushes and rollers? Thanks so much. danielle.jessee@gmail.com

Angela said...

I LOVE the way your cabinets turned out:):) I am wanting to paint ours in a couple of weeks but I am SO nervous. My husband will die if I screw them up. Ours are alot darker than yours were so do you think I would need the primer? Also with the "wood grooves" how did you get it to where the glaze wasn't just all over the place in there when you put it on?? All the tips will be so helpful as this is the same look I'm going for with our kitchen:)

Enchantresses Three said...

Angela,
The Insl-x paint seems to cover EVERYTHING. If you are in doubt though, test a patch on the back of a cabinet door then if it's not covering how you would like you can go back and prime. As far as the glaze goes, you apply it to the whole area so it will be getting in all the grooves, we used t-shirt rags to wipe it off and out of corners. We left a lot in the corners to create dimension. It takes some practice to get the look you like but the stuff we used is pretty forgiving as well. Hope this helps. Good luck and I'd love to see pictures of your before and after!
~Jamey

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