We always get asked what color paint we used on our kitchen cabinets and how we painted them. So today, we are sharing the goodies behind the cabinetry of our kitchen remodels.
Before and After
With a little paint and new hardware you can do wonders to your kitchen! As you can see below, in our former home renovation property, simply all we did to the cabinetry was paint the cabinets Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore and spray painted the hardware!
Painting your cabinets does take some time but you save a ton of money and it can make the world of a difference and best part…anyone can do it! And in a lot of instances you don’t even need to buy new hardware, spray paint does the trick!
We never want to invest a ton of money into our renovation properties being we were going to sell eventually, so we always do what we can with what the homes have. Luckily, in both of our homes, we have been able to salvage the cabinets. However, we did do a little bit more than new paint and hardware in our current home remodel because we wanted to remove the office area they had setup in their kitchen and replace that area with the fridge. We also wanted to move the placement of the microwave and incorporate a large kitchen range hood. So we had to build new cabinetry to incorporate with the old.
How to DIY your Kitchen Cabinets
- Angled Paintbrush
- Mini Foam Roller
- Cedar Key Oil Based Paint by Benjamin Moore
2. Remove Cabinet Doors and Hardware
Take down all of the cabinet doors. Remove drawers and hardware from the doors.
3. Sand Cabinets
We did not need to sand the cabinets on our first home renovation because they were in decent shape. You only need to sand down the doors if they are in rough shape or if you are adding on additional material, like we did for our 2nd home renovation to give it a cleaner finish.
Caulk between all gaps, openings and seams you can find. For our 1st home renovation we put crown molding onto the tops of the cabinetry, so we had to caulk the area in-between the crown and ceiling. Caulking gives everything a finished look!
5. Prime Cabinets
Priming cabinets helps with the durability of your cabinets. Prime cabinets, let dry and you are ready for paint! We typically always use Behr silky white oil based primer, but really any primer does the trick.
6. Paint Cabinets
Spraying vs. rolling is always the big debate. Well in our house anyway. If you know me, I don’t have much patience. And if you know my husband, he does. So I can assume you know who wants to do what. 🙂
We always use Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore to paint the cabinetry. When we first picked out this paint, I wasn’t 100% certain as it looked brown to me. But as you can see below it gives it a beautiful off white look!
Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore
We use an angled brush and roller to paint the cabinets. First we brush, and while the paint is still wet we take a small foam roller and roll over our brush marks.
7. Sand Cabinets
Once you have painted the two coats of paint on the cabinets make sure to go back over the cabinetry for a final sanding.
8. Attach Doors and Hardware
My favorite step! When the kitchen looks complete, putting the doors back up and installing the hardware. Nothing feels as good as when you complete your very own DIY project!!