Just like a lot of other people in the country we took a lot of the time we had at home during the shut down to catch up on a few outstanding projects we had around the house. On this edition of At Home with the Kings we are going to talk about refinishing kitchen cabinets.
This was how the cabinets looked when we first moved into the house. The first time we refinished them we made the lowers a chocolate brown and the uppers white with a glazed finish.
The second time we refinished them we went with a navy on the lowers and kept the uppers the same. The upper cabinets didn’t have the same wear and tear as the lowers so I used a little cleaner on them with a magic eraser and then finished with furniture polish
The First Time… The first time we refinished the cabinets I used the Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit. It came with a liquid stripper, paint and sealer. The process was relatively easy and came with step by step instructions. The finished product was also great and held up well. I refinished the cabinets the first time in 2013 and over the years I have done a few spot touch ups.
The Second Time… While we were home Justin and I agreed it was time to refinish the lower cabinets again. This time we decided to do the process on our own.
There were several dings and other small spots on the doors that needed to be repaired so we filled the spaces with wood putty and then lightly sanded the cabinets down. This time I purchased outdoor paint with primer in Hale Navy and used that to paint the cabinets. We removed the doors and painted outside. I used a small paint brush for the first coat and an artists brush to do the small intricate trim pieces.
For the second coat I used the artists brush to do the intricate areas and then went back over with a small roller like this one. It really helped to smooth everything out so you didn’t see brush strokes.
This is a great option if you are looking to change the colors in your kitchen or if they just need a small update. Make sure that you check the quality of the inside of your cabinets before deciding if this is something you want to do. It is a cheaper and easier fix than having to replace all of your cabinets but if the interior of your cabinets is worn out or damaged it may not be worth your time. We will need to replace our cabinets at some point in the next 10 years more than likely but I love the way they came out.
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