I have had a lot of people ask me about Painting Cabinets. Here's the good news! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SAND ANYTHING!
Yep, you heard me right. No Sanding.
Here's all the information you need to give your cabinets a new look.
The cabinets took me about 3 days (working between naps and such) but I probably could have knocked them out in one day if I was really focused. I thought it was going to be super hard, which is another reason I kept putting it off. I did my homework before I started and found some easy ways to do it.
Here are some tips....
1- You DO NOT have to take the doors off.
2- Get a QUART of Zinsser B-I-N Primer. [Just so you know, I bought a gallon and I barely used any off the top]. It's awesome and dries clear!!! The best part... you DO NOT have to sand anything... just swipe one layer on and it does the same thing as a sander. It gives you the same foundation as a sanded surface. You can get a really cheap (BIG paint brush for this). -Do not use those foam brushes... made that mistake... not fun! LET DRY COMPLETELY!
Here's a Picture of it so that you can see what it looks like. To me it's always easier to find things in the store when I know what I am looking for.
3- Believe it or not, but one gallon of paint did my entire cabinets (twice) and I still have plenty left to touch up the trim and the window seals, etc. But the trick is this. ONLY buy Semi Gloss finish, not eggshell, not satin... ONLY Semi Gloss.
4- Fork over the $11 and get a good paint brush. I bought Purdy's 2". Worked GREAT! It's soft and doesn't leave streaks when the pain dries. It gives you a nice smooth finish.
5- Give it a nice coat and let dry and then touch up a few hours later in the areas that need it.
6- Take your time and start at the top when you paint and work your way down.
7- Prop something inside of the cabinet so that it won't close on your paint.
8- That's about it. It really was that easy.
SHOPPING LIST of ITEMS NEEDED:
1 Gallon Zinsser B-I-N Primer.
1 Gallon of your choice paint in SEMI GLOSS FINISH
1 2" Paint Brush that's nice and soft and has the slanted edge (you know the kind that I am talking about).
1 Plastic Cover (if you need it... I didn't care).
In other news, here are a few before and afters of some small crafts/hands-on projects that I have completed lately.
In my honest opinion they are not blog worthy, but they turned out quite nice so I felt that they did indeed need to be featured somehow-someway.
This here is a small wooden Jewelry Holder that I found at Goodwill for $10. I already own one but I thought this was super cute and well.. a girl can never have too many places to store her jewelry. Personally I own TONS of it and well.. that's okay. A girl can never have too many choices.
The second project is one that you saw in my Project Cook Post on Wednesday in the Kitchen Makeover. The mirror was given to me by my mother in law. It was stored away in the back of her storage room for quite sometime because it didn't match her home decor. When she offered it to me I of course said "yes". I decided to throw a coat of paint on it and order a stencil for the top. I searched Etsy and finally settled on a seller. Click HERE to visit her store!
I had the stencil custom designed using our "Family Initial" - hence "Dub". When ordering, I emailed the seller the measurements of the space I had to fill and she made it fit perfectly. She was so easy to work with and I HIGHLY recommend her.
I have a few more projects that I am currently working on and I can't wait to share them with you. They are very fun!
Have you completed a fun project lately?
If so, I'd love to hear about it. I'm always up for new crafts!