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Posted 4 Jan 2019

We bought this beautiful 100+ year old craftsman style home in PNW. While the house was overall good, the kitchen remodel that was done before left the kitchen dark.

Dark granite with cedar tone cabinets in PNW made the kitchen a gloomy place for my wife.

(Please don’t be fooled by professional pictures taken by stagers, in rainy PNW its rare to get that much light)

Before Pictures - angle1

Before Pictures - angle2

So we looked around options for a quick quality kitchen makeover while we decided on long term remodeling options. We read some horror stories about people who painted their cabinets and others that were extremely pleased by it.

We decided to take a plunge to paint the cabinets, here is our experience

Things needed

Step by step instructions

Step 1:
Very important, select paint color, bring sample home and compare them in your actual room with the actual lighting.

We did this noob mistake when we painted our bedroom luckily we did it the right way for cabinets but got bit cocky for our bedroom paint project, trust me it wasn’t fun - wasted time and money.

Before Pictures - with sample chip

Paint color we choose for our kitchen after multiple runs: Hazelnut Cream White

Step 2:
Remove cabinet doors, shelves, draws (we didn’t paint the inside, we only painted the cabinet doors and outside part)

Before Pictures - doors taken out

Step 3:
Remove the knobs, so you can clean and paint better In progress

Step 4:
In a well ventilated area, clean the cabinets thoroughly using a degreaser - we used TSP should be available in local hardware store

Step 5:
Using 220 grit sand paper and gently scrum the entire surface, this is so that the paint sticks better

Step 6:
In a well ventilated area, paint the cabinets using brush or roller (For first timers, from my personal experience rollers provided an even finish and was faster. for more experienced (read my wife) brush gave her better finish, but bit slower)

Step 7:
Allow the paint to dry off completely. 2 - 4 hours for Behr low VOC paint. read the instruction for other paint types.

Color we used:

Step 8:
Repeat step 5, 2 more times. In total 3 coats. Finished look

Finished look

1 year later pictures:

Based on our experience, our friend decided to make over her kitchen, here’s her pictures