When we first moved into this house, we knew that the cabinets were not a color we wanted to keep around. They were a very dark brown with ugly hardware. But we agreed that the shape and style was just what we would probably choose out today. This fact made them a great fit to be painted! I did a lot of research on how to paint cabinets and I was really worried that it would be a long process involving removing everything and lots of sanding. I was not excited about the prospect of being surrounded by open (and admittedly messy) cabinets and I truly despise sanding, I avoid it whenever possible. So I used what I had learned in my research and came up with a solution to all that!
That’s right! I did not remove any doors for this painting project and I did no sanding. Ok, that’s a tiny lie: when I filled in the holes from the previous hardware, I did lightly sand down the spackling. But that took like no time at all and didn’t create a dust storm nightmare so it doesn’t count :)
Painting these cabinets was probably the only route we were ever going to go because our remodeling options in this house are limited. Since we have no idea how long we may be here, we can’t justify spending large amounts of money on these projects. However, having a kitchen that I feel comfortable in, that feels open and clean and that I love is very important to me. I knew I wanted to change a lot and I was really thrilled that the style of these cabinets was something I could happily live with, albeit with a color change.
So it was fantastic that my method for cutting out all that terrible legwork worked out so well! I’ve had these cabinets done for about a month now, which isn’t terribly long I know, but they still don’t have a scuff on them and I don’t foresee that happening. The paint is sturdy and wipes off clean and don’t you just love the color?! It’s Behr Serene Breeze, it took me forever and like 6 samples to decide on a color and I love it! I think the minty/aqua really compliments the vintage stove.
I really considered using the Rustoleum cabinet refinishing kit as it sells itself as being easier and no sanding. However, I didn’t like that I was very limited on my color options (mint was out of the question) and that it wasn’t easy to find in store and I would have to buy it online. Additionally, I figured out that it would cost about twice as much to do my cabinets with that kit as with this method. So I’m really happy I went this route! Its a great option for anyone interested in the ease of the Rustoleum kit but not in their color options or pricing.