Kitchen Update

Part one of our kitchen update: Painting Cabinets

Painting our kitchen cabinets is taking FOREVER. Seriously. FOREVER.

Take my advice. If you work full time and are thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets, do yourself a favor and do one section at a time. This allows you to see your progress and motivate you to keep going. Of course, it will be a much easier job if your cabinets aren’t covered in laminate veneer sheets that need to be removed.

Taking on the entire kitchen at once is extremely overwhelming and even disheartening at times.

Here’s a breakdown of our timeline so far:

Weekend #1- Take down all doors, remove all hardware, remove all dishes from cabinets and move into living room,dining room, and guest rooms (Your house should look like you are having an indoor garage sale).

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Weekend #2- Start sanding, realize that sanding does nothing on the laminate veneer and start peeling the veneer sheet off instead. Realize that using a heat gun will make your life ten times easier and finish removing all veneer sheets.

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Weekend #3- Remove veneer sheets from cabinet boxes, drawers, and sides of doors. Remove backsplash. Clean disgusting wall that was behind theΒ backsplash.

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Weekend #4- Sand all doors using 40 grit in order to remove all the glue from the laminate veneer. Sand inside cabinet boxes as well.

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Weekend #5+#6- Rest and go to couples counseling πŸ™‚

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Weekend #7- Finally finish sanding! Final sanding included 220 grit for a smooth surface. Research primers and paints. See final decision below.

Finally start priming!!! Hallelujah!

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Our primer of choice:

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I had briefly debated using an oil based primer like B-I-N but decided to be more “green” and since we were no longer painting over the laminate veneer I didn’t think we really needed something as strong as B-I-N. Plus it was a lot cheaper: $20 at Home Depot.

As far as paint goes, I am leaning towards using Cabinet Coat or Benjamin Moore. Anyone use either of these?

Hoping to have more progress for you in the next post. (Hopefully it won’t take us another six weeks to finish!)

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