DIY Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget

 

Kitchen

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

Before construction2style pictures of Kitchen Renovation, dark wood kitchen

construction2style home remodel, after pictures, white cabinetry, minneapolis home remodeler, Jamie Molitor

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!

before and after of DIY white cabinetry

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.

Be sure to check it out How to DIY a Kitchen Range Hood for under $40 

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How to DIY your Kitchen Cabinets

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1. Materials

  • Angled Paintbrush
  • Mini Foam Roller
  • Cedar Key Oil Based Paint by Benjamin Moore
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • WoodFiller
  • Primer

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2. Remove Cabinet Doors and Hardware

Take down all of the cabinet doors. Remove drawers and hardware from the doors.

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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.

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4. Caulk

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!
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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.

construction2style Kitchen Remodel demolition, BLACK+DECKER Your Big Finish campaign, Jamie and Morgan Molitor

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.

construction2style Kitchen Remodel demolition, BLACK+DECKER Your Big Finish campaign, Jamie and Morgan Molitor

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.

construction2style Kitchen Remodel demolition, BLACK+DECKER Your Big Finish campaign, Jamie and Morgan Molitor

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!!

construction2style home remodel, after pictures, white cabinetry, minneapolis home remodeler, Jamie Molitor

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