Do you have golden oak cabinets? If you love them, awesome! If you hate them, you have options! If your cabinets are in good shape, why in the world would you rip them out and send them to the landfill? Check out this oak cabinet makeover we just completed for a customer and then keep reading for the step by step tutorial.
For those of you that are new to my blog, you may not be familiar with my contracting business, Rekindled Spaces that specializes in cabinet and furniture refinishing. For 18 years, I have been transforming people’s homes with paint and stain. While I would LOVE to travel all over the U.S. refinishing your cabinets, there is only so much time in a day and my husband and 3 boys are here in Kansas City. Don’t fret…I am confident that this oak cabinet makeover tutorial with teach you the correct way to paint your outdated cabinets.
I want to warn you…This is not an easy job. You will not finish this in a couple of hours or even a couple of days. Painting your cabinets like a professional will take 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the kitchen. Still not a bad investment to save thousands of dollars right?
Here is a picture of the kitchen the day we started. You can’t deny there is a TON of golden oak in this kitchen.
We start every cabinet job by removing all of the knobs and pulls and place them in gallon-sized ziploc bags. Next, we remove all of the doors and drawers. Click here to see exactly how we label them to make it easy to reinstall them.
Once the cabinet doors and drawers are removed, we tape and paper around each set of cabinets making sure to have the tape butted up to the base shoe of the cabinet.
Using our masking gun, we repeat the tape/paper process along the wall next to the sides of the cabinets.
Next, a controversial topic…SANDING. The number one question I am asked is whether or not you have to sand furniture or cabinets before you paint. No matter what type of paint you are using, the answer remains the same…ALWAYS SAND! Click here to see a full tutorial on how to prepare your cabinets like a professional.
The next step is caulking every seam or joint. This is a super important step and should not be skipped. You see, when your cabinets are stained, you don’t notice all of the gaps but I promise…when you paint them they will stick out everywhere! Let caulk dry.
Make sure you invest in good caulk. It needs to be flexible like this one.
If you find large gaps between the cabinet and the wall, they will need to be addressed before you paint. Depending on the size of the gap, insert of piece of backer rod just on the other side of the gap. Follow with a thick bead of caulk..This flexible foam material will hold the caulk in place. Let caulk dry.
Once cabinets, have been sanded, cleaned and caulked…it’s time to prime. This is the only primer I use when painting cabinets.
We spray our primer coats but you can brush and roll this coat if you don’t own a paint sprayer. For this kitchen, we sprayed the inside and outside of the cabinets for a crisp, clean look. Let primer dry overnight.
Once the primer has dried overnight, take a buffing pad and lightly sand the primer. This will accomplish two things: It will smooth the finish for the next coat of paint and most importantly it will ensure that the primer bonded to the original surface.
Now it’s time to paint. Again, we use a paint sprayer to apply the finish but you can easily use a good-quality brush and roller to achieve a professional look. We applied to layers of enamel to this kitchen, letting it dry completely between coats.
Once the second coat is completely dry, replace doors, drawers and hardware.
Once your cabinets are painted, you may decide you want to try some new cabinet hardware and don’t forget the cabinet stoppers to protect your finish.
We have updated hundreds of kitchens by simply updating the cabinets. It’s the biggest impact that you can make in your kitchen and one that is often overlooked. When we are finished our clients always say “Why didn’t I do that sooner?”.
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