Monday, September 6, 2010

Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Part I

Last Week I Re-Did the Cupboards that are
around My Peninsula,
Here is How I Did It:

Before:
I Quickly Washed Them Down
With Dish Soap and Water,
Then I Sanded Them,
Using a Sander and
Course SandPaper.
I was Really Worried about
the Wood Grain Showing Through,
So I Gave a Thorough Sanding,
to Be Sure.
Then I Did TWO Coats
of Primer.
I Used Valspar's
Contractor Primers Bonding Primer,
Then I Did TWO Coats
of
Valspar's Black Kettle, in Satin Finish.
Then I Used a Sander to Distress the Edges.
I Usually do the Distressing by Hand,
But with So Much to Do,
I went for the Sander,
and It was a Bit too Big, and Tricky,
but it Did the Job.
Then I put a Tintable Glaze On.
This Glaze was Tinted a Brown Color,
and To Be Honest,
that Probably Could have Been Skipped.
Finally,
I Put a Clear Coat of Polyacrylic in Satin On,
and
Last, But Not Least,
The Handles.

I LOVE How They've Turned Out!

I'm Pleased that the Wood Grain

Does Not Show Through,

but Then again,

Perhaps Black is a Good Hider.

I Still have Several Things to Do,

Like the Rest of the Cupboards,

(Doing Something Different, There),

Before I do a Full Kitchen Reveal.

101 comments:

Amy said...

Painting our kitchen cupboards is on my to-do list once baby has arrived. I was going to go with white, but I do love the black.

You go, girl.

I'll be patiently waiting to see the full kitchen reveal...........so hurry up already!!! :)

laura said...

You are amazing!

Michigan Roys said...

I think they are fantastic! You are so creative and handy!

Grandma said...

Looking great! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Palmer Family said...

These are AWESOME!!!! Hmmmmm...one day I shall attempt. Thanks for the details. Love them!

Between You and Me said...

over from pinterest....you did a GREAT job on your cabinets....amazing!

lynzw21 said...

Wow, this is fantastic!! I saw this on Pinterest and had to come over for a look! We bought a 5 year old home up in the mountains this year and we're trying to come up with ways to give it more character! The builders cabinets, just like yours, are one of the main things I want to change :) I have gorgeous granite countertops, and then boringold cabinets underneath lol! Thanks to finding your blog, this will soon change.... once I build up a little courage lol!

Beanie said...

I just painted a vanity in a house we are remodeling, I used the new Glidden Gel Paint sold at Home Depot (figured I'd try it after seeing numerous commercials on DIY TV shows) It worked wonderful one coat and covered super well, plus I only used 1/2 a quart on the whole vanity, which I painted the inside floor of too.

Lucy Designs said...

saw this on Pinterest and I just love it! great job!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Awesome job. I know it's so much work...but WOW!

DianeCoronado said...

I absolutely love this. My husband and I are in the process of buying a home and after finding the one we love, my only complaint was the standard cabinetry. Now, we don't have to worry about that and spend that money on a nicer countertop!! Love it. Thanks!!

Shelane said...

A little creepy, we have the exact same kitchen. And the banister on your sidebar, it divides the kitchen from the family room? I'm totally planning on painting my cabinets white right after I finish my bedroom, but I am leaning towards spray paint after it turned out so well on the practice cabinet in the half bath.

Brindy said...

Did you paint these with a brush? My husband is convinced you used a sprayer and we are planning to follow your instructions to do this next week. :)

Andie24 said...

were your cabinets solid wood or the standard builder grade where only the doors are wood? I have wanted to paint my cabinets since I moved in 3 years ago but was told I couldn't because I could sand the sides of the cupboards since they weren't solid wood...

Chris said...

Do you have a pic of all the cabinets redone? Right up my alley!

Melanie said...

Love what you've done. I am actually staring at my contractor BORING cabinets right now! Would love to try this. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

Love what you did to those cabinets! And thanks for sharing your "secret recipe" ;-).

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

Stacy said...

I found this on Pinterest, you did a really good job, I love how the cabinets came out.

Dwilmes said...

What type floor do you have in your kitchen??? Saw your kitchen on pinterst and am dying to find out what your floor is. Thanks

JessCrafts said...

Found this on Pinterest and fell IN LOVE! We have (IMHO) the ugliest builder-grade cabinets...and they really need to be redone...so I really found your post very helpful!! Hopefully I can tackle this soon. One question I do have: For the side of the cabinet where the cabinets end, not sure about how yours are, but the panel at the end of mine (if this even makes sense) is not real wood...would I just paint over this? Or maybe lightly sand off just to get rid of the "shine" so the paint sticks well? Thanks for your post and help!

rgass said...

How did you shoot the base of your cabinet. Did you paint inside or did you remove the cupboard and shoot outside?

rgass said...

How did you shoot the base of your cubboards? Did you take them off the wall and shoot them outside?

Treva said...

I love your cabinets. My cabinets are exactly the same as yours and I have estimates on refacing them but this seems much better. How do you keep the paint from flaking off?

Man of God said...

I was wondering if your cabinets before were the pre-fabbed kind, or were they solid oak? Do you think it would work if it was the pre-fabbed kind?

Jeralyn said...

@Treva- I haven't had any problem with the paint flaking off. Maybe a Combination of all the Primer I used, plus the layer or two of the polyacrylic I Finished With.

@Man of God- My Cupboards were Definitely NOT Solid Oak. They are the Cheap Standard Builder Cupboards.

WhitePineLane said...

Such a fabulous idea! I'm going to try this on the hideous cupboards in our cabin next summer! There's lots of black (naturally distressed) trim in the cabin, so the black cupboards would go really well. Thanks for the inspiration and for the tutorial too!

Cindy Lyles said...

Saw this on pinterest - FABULOUS JOB!!!!!! Very inspiring!!!

The Activity Mom said...

Looks great! Found you on pinterest. We are doing our cabinets tonight. =)

Melissa said...

Hi there, found you Pinterest. I was wondering where you got your handles and knobs for the cabinets? I'm looking for some for my own kitchen and haven't found any that I love but I LOVE yours :)

Jeralyn said...

@Melissa, I got My Handles and Knobs at My Local Lowes Store. Hopefully, you'll be able to find some at Yours, too! Happy Holidays!

Mrs. B said...

How long did the project take? Would you be able to complete this in a weekend?

Jeralyn said...

@Mrs.B, I only did this (the black paint) on the cupboards around the bottom of my pennisula- 5 drawers, two cupboards, and it did take a few days, but I had to work around kids and other things. I suppose, if I dedicated a weekend to do that amount, it would be doable.
When I did My Entire Kitchen, and added bead board to the cupboards It was NOT a weekend project. :)

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Wow, not only do I love this project, I also think you did such a great job on the tutorial. This is my first time visiting & I love it here! Must . . . follow . . . can't . . . resist!

Warmly, Michelle
PS - I can tell you're a kindred spirit because we like a lot of the same books!

ddub1fan said...

Can I paint over my cabinets that are already painted or do I need to sand them off?

beulahbags said...

I just completed my bathroom cabinets like yours.
I love them! Thanks for the great information and inspiration!
Heather

Jeralyn said...

@ddub1fan, I would sand it at least a little, to give it some "grip" to hold onto the new paint, also, I always prime. I don't know what color you're going over, but I would sand and prime to start with! Good Luck!

@beulahbags, Hoo-Ray! Way to Go!

B + S said...

Funny thing is I'm headed in the opposite direction. Our cabinets have been painted and in my particular kitchen, it simply dates the whole room in a bad way. So I have recently started sanding everything down and am reverting to a nice natural finish!

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Lizzie Forrest said...

So you did the top cupboards in the distressed white and bottom in the darker color? Do you have a pic of the whole room- I am going to do this - just unsure about doing 2 different finishes- leaning towards the white- except it would have to be a cream distressed because I have dark countertops with a tiny amount of specked cream- white would not go. You did an amazing job!

Lizzie Forrest said...

Did you do the top counters in the white and the bottom in the darker color - do you have a pic of the entire kitchen? I am going to do this in cream-distressed- I have dark granite specked counter tops- small amount of cream speck- white would not look right- actually the bottom dark color would really match my counter tops- I have the same as your original right now- but I want to lighten the kitchen up. Would love to see a pic of the whole kitchen!

Reignee said...

I painted my kitchen cabinets...sanding, a good primer like Xerolac, the paint and it works well. I think the top coat as suggested would be better...think I might try that. It takes time (I painted mine inside as well) but it's definitely worth it. I wouldn't suggest using a brush b/c it leaves strokes. I used a foam roller.

Jeralyn said...

@Lizze Forrest, check out my "{Kitchen}Make Over" Link on My Side Blog for a Picture of the Whole Kitchen! Hope that Helps!

@Reignee, When I Did My Upper Cupboards, "Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Part II", I Used a Foam Roller, and Found that to Be Highly Recommended, as Well! Gets in all those Cracks Great, and Leaves No Brush Strokes! Excellent Point!

Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

Hi,

Did you distress the beadboard also around the peninsula?

Jeralyn said...

@ Jenn, for the Beadboard around the Pennisula, I used a Glaze that I had tinted a Brown color (so it would show against the Black), and I just used that over the top of the paint,where I wanted it to Look distressed- like I did on the cupboards. The color I had tinted the Glaze was called Baronial Brown. :)

Emily May said...

Did you use a brush, a sprayer or a roller? Or a commbination? My husband and I are thinking of starting this project soon!

Jeralyn said...

@Emily M. -For the Black cupboards in this post, I used a paint brush. When I did the rest of my cupboards, I used a foam roller brush- which will leave things really smooth, so that may be a better Option! Good Luck!!

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Haylee said...

Love your cupboards! I'm doing mine as soon as it warms up a bit this spring so I can open windows. You said you applied two coats of primer. Did you sand between coats? If so, what grit?

Jeralyn said...

@Haylee,
I Don't Recall if I sanded between coats of Primer. I probably didn't on these. However, its never a bad idea in My opinion- makes the paint stick better, and makes for a smooth finish!

Katrina Alana said...

Saw this photo at Pinterest and couldn't resist taking a closer look at your post. The cupboards turned out great. I love the vintage look!

Tricia Rush Richner said...

Yeah, I too, saw this on pinterest. We have horrible cabinets and think we need to re-do before we sell. Good to know you've already attempted this and was successful.

bestteachermom said...

These look fantastic - I thought it was a silver finish (from the photo) but I really like - may copy for my kitchen this summer...

Kathy said...

Looks nice. You are so brave!

Kathy said...

Looks nice! You are so brave!

Brecca said...

Did you use a paint brush, roller or sprayer?

holmeta444 said...

My sister found this after I decribed to her what I wanted to do for my kitchen remodel. She was spot on! Your project is literally the picture that I had in my mind...hardware and all! I bought an entire set of wooden cabinets at our local Habitat Restore this weekend and can't wait to transform them!!!

Catastrophe Waitress said...

I've repainted/distressed many pieces of furniture, picture frames, etc. I sand it down, then use a plain white unscented candle around the edges that I don't want the paint to stick to. Then paint it whichever color I liked, and the paint didn't stick wherever the wax was on the wood. You can also paint it one color as the base, then use the wax, then paint over, and wipe off the top coat of paint where you put the wax and you end up with a two tone (perhaps sage green under and black on top). Works great!

Crystal said...

are there more pictures?

Nicki said...

I saw this on Pinterest - love it - thanks for sharing - we are big KC fans as well! All the more reason to keep following your blog

Joyce said...

You may have already answered this and I can't find it...
In your pics it looks at though you just took the drawers and the faces off and sanded them. For the cabinets themselves did you sand them also, or just prime and paint. Did you take the whole system off the walls?! Thanks...

Jeralyn said...

@Brecca, On these I used a Brush, but when I did the rest of the Kitchen Cupboards, [see Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Part II], I Used a Foam Roller, and I'd Probably recommend that.
@Crystal, check out my Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Part II for more pictures.
@Joyce, I Didn't take the Whole system Off, but I did Sand the Whole Thing, including the drawers and faces that I Took off.

Dori said...

Love the black kitchen cabinets! Do your have any experience working with MDF cabinetry? We have white mdf cabinets in the kitchen that I would love to change to creamy old world. Any thoughts?
Thanks!

cathhasablog@gmail.com said...

Hi Jeralyn! Hey I just wanted to let you know that I featured this amazing transformation on my blog today. You can find it here: http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/2012/03/transforming-your-furniture-with-paint.html

I really enjoy following your blog! ☺Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is: http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

Purple Tulip said...

I am actually using your tutorial this week to refinish one of my bathroom vanities. How many coats of the polycrylic did you put over the paint?

Thanks,
Sara

Jeralyn said...

@Dori, Sorry, I don't have any good experience working with MDF, You can go ahead and Boo Me!

@Cath@Home- Thank You!! That was Awesome to See, and I Love all the ideas You Post! Keep up the Good Work, I get Lots of Creativity Biting Me after Looking at Your Blog!

@Sara, I Put Two Coats on, but Really, You could Probably put as many as You want, I would definitely go for at least two for the Bathroom! I'm Sending You Lots of Good Luck Thoughts!!

orioles82 said...

Did you use latex or oil base paint?

Jeralyn said...

@Orioles82, I used Latex

the Sweetest Memory said...

Just found this on Pinterest. I have seen many painted tutorials, but I love the dark brown and the distressed finish. Beautiful!

EricDanger said...

This is REALLY cool and I think I might try my skills out. good job!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, these look incredible.
hugs ~lynne~

Faith said...

OMGosh! Just beautiful! And totally off the subject, but just let me say that I think the most gorgeous creation of your pages is your adorable family! But, I am waiting on a mirror I have been searching for months!...Just found it in California, discontinued but this awesome representative searched her little heart out & found the very last one in the back of a stock room still in the box!! It's a weathered bronze & I am going to paint it gloss white to put over my fireplace. My first attempt so any suggestions on what type of spray paint? Should I prime it first? It's a composite type material, whatever that means... 45x35, just gorgeous and am really need some help so I don't mess it up! :) Thank you for all your help and inspiration as I am house bound most days and need hobbies like (this when I can) to keep me sane!

Faith said...

OMGosh! Just beautiful! And totally off the subject, but just let me say that I think the most gorgeous creation of all your pages is your adorable family! But, I am waiting on a mirror I have been searching for, for months!...Just found it in California, discontinued but this awesome representative searched her little heart out & found the very last one in the back of a stock room still in the box!! It's a weathered bronze & I am going to paint it gloss white to put over my fireplace. My first attempt so any suggestions on what type of spray paint? Should I prime it first? It's a composite type material, whatever that means... 45x35, just gorgeous and I really need some help so I don't mess it up! :) Thank you for all your help and inspiration as I am house bound most days and need hobbies like this when I can to keep me sane!

Jeralyn said...

@Faith,Sorry it took me so long to get back to you on this! Sounds like you finally got the mirror you searched all over for! I would definitely take all measures against getting any paint on the glass- tape it and cover it and such. I always prime first. Sounds like a spray paint may be the easiest route (for the prime and the paint). If you want it to have a high sheen, definitely go for the Gloss. I Think You will be pleased with the results! If you want to sand it a little after you are done painting it white, it will give it a little "antique" look to it. But if You just want a clean white look, skip that suggestion! I Hope it Goes Great for You! Good Luck!

Idaho Outback Griffons said...

Because no one can receive too many compliments, I will add you are very talented and so sweet to share with the world. I like your other followers am inspired and with some of your coaching the mysteries of the small projects are revealed. I am making your Twin Beds Xlong and I will tackle those pesky kitchen cabinets.

mrs_watts_craig said...

What color is the "brown" glaze you used?

Jeralyn said...

@mrs_watts_craig, Gah, I can't remember! I didn't write it on the can. I think I just grabbed a color swatch and said, "I want this color!" It's brown. not a light brown, not a dark, dark brown, just a medium brown. That is so not helpful, right? Sorry! You probably can't really go too wrong though!

mrs_watts_craig said...

Thank you! I've never used glaze before, so I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing. Any response is a good response. (:

Flourchild said...

I love love love this post! I have been wanting to tackle my kitchen cabniets for 8 years(there exactly like yours) But Im a big fat chicken. You actually gave me hope that Yes I can DO this!!! thank you!! I love your blog :)

Abby's Mommy said...

does your kitchen have that "fake" wood on the sides? If so did you paint that too?

Abby's Mommy said...

does your kitchen have that "fake" wood on the sides? Just wondering if so were you able to paint that as well?

lsanders3 said...

I absolutely love your blog. You explain the steps so good to helpothers learn to repurpose and refinish furniture.

Jeralyn said...

@Abby's Mommy, My sides were the same fake wood that my cupboards were. Not the Laminate fake wood, though. If mine were laminate, I would probably go about trying to put bead board on the sides. Or trying painting it, and if that doesn't work, you can always restort to the bead board as a last attempt!

And Thank You Isanders3, and Flourchild!

Bailie Williams Johnson said...

I'm currently doing this in our kitchen, but I'm trying to decide on if I need to do the glaze after distressing? you mentioned skipping it..what was your purpose behind it??
And did you distress the trim on the peninsula as well? or just the cupboards?

Thanks!!

Jeralyn said...

@Bailie, I felt like I could have skipped the glaze after distressing, because when I distressed them, I got the brown layer underneath to show through, which is what I wanted.
My Glaze was tinted almost the same color, so when I put it on, it didn't seem to make a difference, because of the brown that was already showing through due to the distressing. I'm not sure that putting the glaze on made any difference.
However, When I put the beadboard around the peninsula, I didn't distress it, that time, I went straight for the glaze, that gave it the same distressed look as the cupboards, but without the sanding. However, I do not believe that would have worked on the cupboards- to just do the glaze and skip the sanding/distressing.
Did I Royally confuse You there? I hope not. Good Luck!!

Christin said...

Jeralyn--LOVE your post! I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets black since we moved into our home 5 years ago but have never worked up the courage! After seeing your post, we are now in process and almost finished. We've sanded, primed, and painted. My question for you is did you spray the finishing coat of polyacrylic on only the doors and drawers, or on the entire frame as well? If you did the entire frame, any suggestions on how to keep it from making a mess of the surrounding walls, floors, inside of cupboards? I've checked with a couple of people at the hardware store, and they said that a finishing coat wasn't necessary, but I feel like it needs something. Thanks!!

Lauren B said...

I am in the process of having someone paint our cabinets and this is what I have chosen! We have not gotten to the distressing part but when we do, did you only distress the cabinet doors and drawers? Or did you do the sides of the cabinets? For example, I have an island- so should I distress the back of the island (the flat surface or leave alone?) I don't want to mess anything up and am nervous because I can't see your entire kitchen. Thanks for your help! :)

Jeralyn said...

@Christin, I didn't use a spray to do the clear coat. I used a foam brush and I did do the whole frame, too. I just tried to be careful not to drip it everywhere. Yeah for You Getting it done!

@Lauren B., I put beadboard around my island, so Yes, I did do some distressing to the breadboard (actually, I just painted some of the light brown glaze on it, here and there, to give it a Distressed Look). If You want to see my whole kitchen, check out my post about my kitchen makeover here:http://timmonsfamilylemonade.blogspot.com/2011/04/kitchen.html
I don't know if you'll be able to see any of the distressing I did around the island, but that may give you an idea of what I did. Hope that helps!

callens crusades said...

Im considering painting my kitchen cupboards in an attempt to not not having to replace them! I have no idea what Im doing! My question is this; as they were painted before, do I follow the same process you did IF they can even be repainted? Thanks. I appreciate your guidance as I've never tried to do this type of thing myself before.

Darlene Liberto said...

Love Love Love this project! I am gonna try this on my table and chairs. I was wondering what kind of floor that is in your new kitchen?

Genevieve said...

Looks great! I'm writing a post on a night stand that I wanted to paint like this and was wondering if you would mind if included one of your photos as an example and linked to your blog. Thanks! :)

Jeralyn said...

@Callens, Yes, I would follow the same procress: Sand, prime, paint.

@Darlene, Thank You, the flooring is Golden Nugget by Mannington

@Genevieve, Yes, and Thank You!

Kim j said...

Just did this with my 25 yr old dresser and it looks great! Love the black kettle color!! Thanks! Now for the rest of the bedroom pieces. You have saved us a lot of $$$$!!!!

Jeralyn said...

@Kim j, Awww, Thanks! That's what I like to hear! Glad things are turning out!

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