Thursday, August 26, 2010

oh heavens!


I don't think I've ever seen a kitchen that is more my style than this. That's it. I can't take it any more. I am painting my kitchen. . . as soon as it cools off outside. Like in November.

Have you ever painted kitchen cabinets? Do you have any tips?


Image via it's mary ruffle, who consistently has the prettiest images I've ever seen.

25 comments:

  1. You are right- that is one awesome kitchen. I love the wide plank floors. And how old and crusty they look.

    I'm trying to think exactly where I've seen painted kitchen cabinet tutorials.... possibly The Nester? Google it and I bet you'll find a ton of DIY stuff on blogger.

    I have dreams of painting our cabinets too, but I'd be in the doghouse at the slightest mention of it since our cabinets are only a little over a year old. :)

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  3. I have been wanting to do exactly the same thing. I have early 90's standard oak cabinets and they are showing their age. I have a lovely new quartz counter top and I think a beautiful ivory paint would show it off beautifully. I have been wanting those same drawer pulls as well.

    My sister is a painting guru.
    Some of her tips are tips are: sand to break through the varnish, clean with T.S.P. (tri sodium phosphate). It removes grease, grime, and skin oil, etc... Then prime prime prime! Use a good quality brush too. I just painted an old oak desk as a trial run and used Behr Enamel High Gloss. It is not too shiney and leveled off beautifully! No trouble! Am I brave enough for the kitchen? I think so!

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  4. i hear it's a pain, very time consuming. but once it's cool, kids are at school, might be doable. i think you could do it, you have done awesome projects. and i SO would love to paint mine too.
    BTW, last weekend went to Yodipity for the first time. YUM!

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  5. I would definitely research it quite a bit before starting. We did it in our old house and I don't think Loi used the right kind of paint because it was peeling off in spots. But I feel your pain. I want to redo ours as well. The finish is stripping off of ours again. I am so upset that we paid so much and it's such a disappointment.

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  6. I would love to have that kitchen. I love that it is white and I love all of the windows. My advice, don't use oil based paint, it yellows and it's a mess. But you probably already know that.

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  7. I love reading your blog - but this is my first time commenting... I just have to give you advice because I have painted many cabinets before.

    My advise - do a good sanding job and then lay the paint on thick. I you put it on thick it will reduce the amount of coats that you will have to do. Just watch them carefully as they dry so there arent any drips. I promise this will cut your painting time down by half! The paint will settle nicely into the cracks of the doors too. I promise :)

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  8. I love the natural light and pretty much everything about this kitchen as well =)

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  9. Love this kitchen and yes it does look like you!
    I asked Bob about painting you cabinets and he said it is a lot of work but worth it if you take your time and do it right. First you sand them then use a good primer and after that dries you use the enamel. Be sure to let it dry for a day or so and do another coat if necessary. If you use a good primer you may not need another coat. DO NOT put on thick coats and it will take a week to dry and will most likely chip easily. Do it!!!! you won't be happy until you do because you are like me and you want to do it now!!!!

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  10. Love this kitchen and yes it does look like you!
    I asked Bob about painting you cabinets and he said it is a lot of work but worth it if you take your time and do it right. First you sand them then use a good primer and after that dries you use the enamel. Be sure to let it dry for a day or so and do another coat if necessary. If you use a good primer you may not need another coat. DO NOT put on thick coats and it will take a week to dry and will most likely chip easily. Do it!!!! you won't be happy until you do because you are like me and you want to do it now!!!!

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  11. Oh, hello dream kitchen..!
    I love the floor, the windows, everything. If only...

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  12. 1. I love that kitchen too.
    2. I have painted so many cabinets in my last 2 houses and have tons of tips but Barbara said exactly what I would say. Sanding is important...but you can also use a liquid sander...those work great and are so easy. I think there are even ones that aren't smelly now. Don't skip that step no matter what ANYONE tells you...even the guys at the paint store. Use a primer too. And Sherwin Williams enamel is awesome and goes on so smooth. Buy an expensive brush...they save you time and make everything look better in the end...no clumpies or brush strokes....you can use both a brush and a little roller. I used a roller and then brushed it out so it was nice and smooth. I never took my doors off...I painted the hinges too.
    If you take the time to do it right you will love them and wont' have trouble with chipping. If you rush and skip steps (because I've done this before) it isn't worth doing it.

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  13. That is gorgeous!

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  14. I can totally see you in that kitchen! It has your name all over it.
    I saw this picture too, through your sisters blog. Ya, it's awesome. So are all of the other beautiful kitchens on there! I saved a bunch of them in my 'future home' file. I can't get enough of them. Did you see the one with the 2 side by side sinks? I'm in love. I dream about this stuff. But I don't dare paint my cabinets. They're only 4 years old.
    That's it, I'm going to post that double sink picture on my blog.
    It was fun sitting next to you and Mr. Elliot last night. He's too cute!

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  15. I'm dying to do the same thing but so afraid of messing up cabinets that are perfectly good. But my friend Sandra has a great tutorial on her blog
    www.sawdustandpaperscraps.blogspot.com

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  16. Go check out www.younghouselove.com. But beware because you'll be there for hours devouring their site. They have a tutorial for painting cabinets.

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  18. Oh my. That looks so much like the kitchen in the house we just sold :( Same lights, hardware, cabinets, countertops, sink . . . that's a gorgeous photo-love the wide plank hardwoods. . . I also painted cabinets in a house we owned a fear years back. It was a tremendous amount of work and I would recommend looking into the cost of having them professionally sprayed :)

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  19. I 100% agree with Erin. I bought a home 6 1/2 years ago with orignal oak cabinets. Everywhere. I painted all but one bathroom. For the kitchen I removed all the doors and drawers, numbered them, took them outside, prime, prime, flip, prime, prime, flip, coat, flip, coat, flip, coat, flip, coat, flip, etc...
    Catch my drift? Oh, don't forget painting the actual facing of the cabinets. I didn't do the insides.
    While I loved the results and my home is on the market and others love it. I swore at the time I'd never do it again. So worth the money. It is a total time value of money item.

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  20. Andrew Bagley's father and his crew primed and painted out cabinets. RED. They were awesome! :)

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  21. so much counter space! and windows! and the floors! oh my.

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  22. that kitchen is perfection. i have painted kitchen cabinets twice. It is a lengthy painstaking process but i think well worth it. I would recommend sanding well so that the paint will stick better and then priming. and maybe do it a section at a time ( i worked on it for 6 hours straight one night and about died.) good luck! I love painted cabbies.

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  23. beautiful kitchen! we painted our cabinets last summer and our contractor friend told us to add a thinner to the paint to prevent streaking. I dont remember the name but it came in an orange bottle with instructions on how much to add per gallon and we got it at lowes. im sure you can ask them about it (if you can ever find someone to talk to!!!) It really looks great and greatly reduced any streaking and gave a professional looking finish!

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  24. That kitchen is dreamy- especially the floors and white cabinets! Good luck with the painting- I know you will do a wonderful job! I painted the cabinets in the master bath in my old house and it was a disaster- but I was lazy and did not sand or use primer. And it still took a million years! I'm just going to have to save up to get mine "re-faced" someday- there's no way I'd try painting again!
    PS- Happy Birthday!!! Hope you did something fun!

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  25. a beautiful kitchen indeed!

    i knew i had to comment when i read, painting cabinets... oh geez.

    we did just that at our new home and i have never wanted to throw in the towel during a project more than i did with this one. i'm still having nightmares about it all. but we did it, and they look better than i thought they would. and i love the saved $$ in our pockets. but i will never (ever) do it again.

    i'm going to get around to posting pictures someday, but if you want i can email you our before and afters, as well as how we did it. and what we would've done differently.

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