I promised a tutorial on how I painted my kitchen island, and I’m finally making good on it. It was a project I approached with great trepidation, but I am very pleased with the outcome.
I am going to break this down into two parts, since the method I used on the drawers and doors was different from how I tackled the rest of the island. Let’s call this the Paint Sprayer Method.
I borrowed a paint sprayer from a friend of mine, since I have been contemplating painting ALL of my kitchen cabinets. But using this tool was a good test for me. I only wish I could have used it on the entire island!
First, I removed the doors and drawer fronts and cleaned them with TSP – Trisodium Phosphate. It’s a great cleaner to get rid of any dirt and grime that you may have on your cabinets.
Once I cleaned them and wiped them down, I pulled out my new best friend, my orbital sander. How I have lived this long without this little darling, is beyond me.
This really helped to get all of the gloss that was on the cabinets since I was totally paranoid that I would do something wrong in the prep that would
send me up sh*t creek without a paddle jeopardize the whole project. (I actually ended up sanding them even more than what is shown in these pictures. I wanted to be sure there was no sign of any gloss remaining).
In selecting paint, I talked to a couple of my “local hardware men” about my cabinet painting project, and I think they both thought I was crazy to attempt this on my own, which really kind of annoyed me. I was showing them my cabinet door samples and even brought my actual kitchen cabinet door into the store, and yet I got a comment, “Did you get this idea from HGTV?”
Whatever. I just wanted advice on paint, I didn’t need a lecture on how much time and effort is involved in painting kitchen cabinets. I am DIY Woman, hear me ROAR!
As for paint, I chose Benjamin Moore acrylic latex paint in a low lustre finish. (In looking at my paint can again, I bought an exterior paint vs. interior. Don’t know why, BUT, I had a lengthy conversation with the hardware guys, about latex vs. oil, and they said latex paints have come a long way and this acrylic latex would work. They also told me that I didn’t need to prime my cabinets. Yes, you read that correctly. No priming. More on that later.
One of the Local Hardware Men did take my black cabinet sample and did a paint match for me, which was great. I’m really pleased with the final color.
I think this is where I had a temporary memory lapse and didn’t take any pictures. I used the power sprayer to spray both the fronts and the backs of the cabinets. It was a whole lot of “hurry up and wait”, since the sprayer made quick work of the cabinet doors. And like they instructed, I didn’t prime the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. (I was freakin’).
But, since I sanded them really well, and was going to lightly distress them, the no priming method worked to my advantage. They distressed nicely and I was pleased with how the doors looked.
There are a couple of spots that are more distressed than I’d like, but some brilliant readers suggested touching it up with a black stain. Now why didn’t I think of that? So, I purchased some of that today and will be putting it to work for some of my trouble spots.
I finished it off with a coat of Minwax Clear Wipe-On Poly in a satin finish.
So, there you have it! Or at least, part of it. 🙂 The rest of the island was a horse of a different color, but definitely rounded out my cabinet painting experience. Part II will be coming soon…
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