My kitchen makeover adventure is nicely on course, and it’s going pretty great after just the one bump in the road when a funny thing happened on the way to the paint store.
After that slight detour it was full speed ahead to my first stop, painting the kitchen cupboards and leaving the old sagey green in the dust with absolutely no regrets.
I’m staring with this cupboard, which is between my fridge and stove.
Painting Kitchen Cupboards Happy
All you need to paint your kitchen cupboards happy is a colour that you love.
This fabulous blue is Beauti-tone’s Enchanted Evening. I got it on sale for $30. It’s a high hide water-based paint and primer combo, and I only needed one coat with just a few touch ups here and there. The green paint was also water-based so I didn’t need to sand at all. If I was starting with wood cupboards there would be a lot more prep work needed.
All I had to do was wipe down all the cupboards so they were nice and clean. I just used a light soap and water combo and a rag, and then just water to wipe afterward to make sure there was no soap residue. You could certainly use TSP if you think your cupboards need de-greasing, but I haven’t fried anything in years and I didn’t see any grease on them anywhere.
This is my fourth time painting these old cupboards in 19 years, and if my memory serves me correctly it’s the 8th kitchen makeover that I’ve done in my life.
And no I’m not a masochist… I just get bored, and I love to paint stuff.
Honest, I really do. 🙂
Here’s all I need to paint my kitchen cupboards. An angle edged brush is a must. I’ve had this small one for years.
The first thing I always do with a can of paint is put holes into the inner rim with a hammer and nail. This allows any excess paint to drip back into the can.
In all my kitchen painting escapades over the years I’ve never removed a hinge or a door, and I only remove a drawer if it’s absolutely necessary… meaning no matter how I contort my hand or my brush I cannot paint around it.
The only things I usually remove are the knobs and handles on the fronts. And actually one very stubborn knob wouldn’t come off so I had to paint around it.
Tips to Painting Kitchen Cupboards
To paint the molding that surrounds my punched tin panels I used a thin piece of cardboard (like a cereal or kleenex box) to protect the metal and I made my way around.
I always do the door fronts first.
I let the doors and drawers dry , and then I paint around the cabinet fronts using a thin piece of cardboard again, where necessary.
The angled brush also works great painting around the hinges. The trick is to not have too much paint on your brush.
After I’ve used my angled brush to paint around the hinges, I use my small roller to do the rest.
I paint the insides of the doors after the outside has dried. It helps to be able to hang onto the front of the door while painting the back.
I used my angled brush to paint around the edges of the sides of the cupboard.
Then I used my roller to finish it up. It’s amazing how much time this little roller saves.
Here you can really see the difference between the old colour and new. The new blue is so bright and happy.
Use an Angle Edge Brush for Painting Trim
I haven’t used painting tape in decades. Old houses like mine are wonky, and pretty much nothing in this kitchen is straight or plum, so taping around everything is my idea of a redecorating nightmare.
I’d rather be painting than spending all that time taping.
With my angled brush, a steady hand I can move along pretty quick. Again, like the hinges on the doors the trick is to not have too much paint on the brush.
This can take some practice, so painter’s tape can certainly be used.
I don’t worry about making oopsies because that’s what my favourite painting clothes are for… especially sleeves. They’re great for cleaning off minor drips and ooopsies.
Clearly, I’ve made a few over the years. 🙂
So, here’s my main wall of vintage cupboards in the sagey green.
And here’s the after.
I think my vintage cupboards are very happy now. I know I am. 🙂
This past weekend I painted the kitchen walls and ceiling. Now all that’s left are the front door and the basement door, and some edging at the ceiling in front of the cupboards.
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time…