So I read about 1,432 articles about how to paint your cabinets, I was prepared and ready to do it. Ultimately my husband said… “Sara, really? You have a 16 month old and a new born baby, just pay someone. Is painting cabinets really how you want to spend your maternity leave?”
Ok, he was right. (Yes, I just put the fact that my husband was right in writing.)
It was worth every penny of the $3000 it cost to have this done.
The painter initially told me it would take one coat of primer and two coats of lacquer. In the end it took two coats of primer (one coat being oil based) and FIVE coats of lacquer to cover the oak! Apparently the previous owners had rubbed the doors with a wax to preserve the wood. This wax never really dries and is very hard to paint over or sand down.
I also had them put bead board around the island, crown molding around the top of the cabinets and install hardware. What a difference.
The grand reveal, drum roll please….
Old oak cabinets
The whole room is just so much brighter. I love them. And it is so nice to now have hardware on the doors.
I wasn’t sure how the black appliances and brown/granite were going to look with the new color. However, once done I now love the black appliances, I think it sort of grounds the kitchen. The granite still wouldn’t be my first choice, but I don’t mind it nearly as much now.
Left to do:
The backsplash still doesn’t work for me. I’d like to get some white/blue glass tiles.
The two small pendant above the table still annoy me. I’d like to get a black iron chandelier above the island and just put in two can lights above the table. It is so annoying to have to always be lining my table up with those lights. But unfortunately that isn’t a dyi project and will require an electrician to come out. One day…
And the white floors with the white cabinets is a bit much. One day they will be a dark hardwood. But with two young kids tearing up my floors and throwing every meal they have on it, I’m going to wait a bit to convert the floors into something nice.
All the doors removed
Spraying the frames. Couldn’t use the kitchen for three days!
Close up of the crown
Now we have to be very careful with the new paint job. The lacquer was dry to the touch within in a day, but the painter said it takes a full 30 days to totally cure. And with how many coats were on my doors, he said it would take 60 days.
So while the DYIer in me is a little sad I wasn’t able to do it myself, the realist in my is so glad that I hired this job out.