8 years. 8 long years! That’s how long I’ve lived in my condo and disliked my kitchen, mostly the cabinets. I have the typical late 80s, early 90s almond formica cabinets with the wood trim. Great, well made cabinets, horrible look for the new millennial.
With so much advancement in paint and thanks to the web, I was able to research and get ideas to DIY my kitchen cabinets and give them the makeover they needed.
I will show you how you can literally give your kitchen a beautiful update in less than 72 hours and without breaking the bank.
1. First things first, I took off all of my cabinet doors and laid them out on a plastic drop cloth. ( I did this the night before I was going to paint)
2. Next thing I did was de-glossed all of the cabinets and frame in the kitchen. The guy at the store said it would make a nice ‘tacky’ feel for the paint and it would also get off any grease or grime on the cabinets.
You can find this at your local hardware store. I went to Home Depot. It’s called Kleen Strip Sander Deglosser
3. The next morning, I taped off the frame of the cabinets and started to paint the doors and my dad (poor guy is up visiting from Florida and I roped him into helping 😉 ) started to paint the frame.
Now, the paint I chose is an all-in-one- BEHR Marquee Ultra Pure White Semi-Gloss Paint with Primer! My dad and I wanted a one stop shop paint for this project. The man at Home Depot suggested this once I explained what I was doing. It is fast drying, and will only need to be done with two coats, depending upon if the wood will bleed through.
Also to paint, I used a small roller and an actual paintbrush. You will want to make sure you do the edges of the cabinet doors and get in the grooves of the wood and the formica.
4. I started at 8:30am and I was done with two coats by 11:00am. My dad also applied another coat over the frame of the cabinets.
5. I then left the cabinets and the frame to dry for the rest of the day and night. I wanted to make sure they would dry completely before I placed the doors back on the frame.
6. The next morning, I screwed the doors back on. Make sure to take a step back and see if you need to touch up any of the doors. Some of mine needed a nice quick roll over with the paint to give it a nice finish. Literally took 15 minutes.
7. Now since the lady before me had drilled holes in these cabinet doors, I needed to replace the knobs. I chose these nice brushed nickel knobs that I found at Home Depot. I couldn’t believe how affordable they were!
8. Once all of the doors were on, I screwed on the door knobs, peeled off the painters tape and took a step back and couldn’t believe my eyes! My kitchen has literally been transformed. I also can’t believe that I hated my kitchen so much that I don’t have a single picture of it from before (besides the ones from this)
(I’m still not a huge fan of my mauve countertop, but it look SO much better.)
If you’ve always wanted to update your cabinets, don’t think it will take forever and/or a lot of money! I did this all on a single gal’s budget on 2 hot summer days (thank god for central air).
I am so proud of how it came out, I encourage all of you do a little changing in your home to give it a refreshing new look and feel!
Any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!