Saturday, September 17, 2016

Refreshing The Cabinets With Paint

Another title for this post could be, "Repainting Professionally Painted Cabinets."
I wasn't sure how I was going to do this. 

I am a stew-er. 
I mull things over. 
I worry. 
Bill was out of town for a week.
I entertained scenarios in my head about different fates that could lead to his demise. 
Plane crashes, train derailments, and blood sugar issues top the list. 
My son was meeting him there which could mean further train derailments!
It isn't rational since Chris rides the subway on a daily basis... 

I know. 
I'm a sick puppy. 
Bill and a friend had to take "Good Housekeeping" Magazine away from me because we had a new disease each time a new issue came out. 

My answer to keep worry at bay, besides trusting in the Lord, is busy work. 
If I keep busy, busy, busy, then I don't think about all the catastrophic events that could befall my loved ones. 

My kitchen cabinets. 

Can I be honest with you? 
I diligently touched up the paint for about a year after we had them professionally painted. 
After that, not so much. 
Then, I painted the walls white. 

Not a stark white. 
I knew that wouldn't work, but a slightly off white that looked fabulous everywhere else in the house. 
It was terrible. 
The whole room looked sickly yellow like when my babies had jaundice. 
All three of my babies had jaundice. I was a basket case. 

Three months later, I repainted the walls but once that sickly yellow was seen, it could not be unseen.

So a yellowish cast, combined with four years of dings, scratches, and chips and I'd had enough. 
I went to Sherwin Williams with my old paint can, some ideas in my head, and a Pinterest app on my phone. 
I pulled chip after chip of white paint off of the shelf, compared it with the drips on my old paint can and checked my app for gorgeous photos of white cabinets. 

Snowbound in satin finish topped the list.
Snowbound Pro Classic Enamel by Sherwin Williams. 

The sales associate walked me through the necessary prep. 
He suggested sanding (gag) and cleaning with a degreaser. 
Not all the cabinets were greasy. Just the bank by the stove so those are the only ones that got the recommended treatment. 
The rest just got a light cleaning with a wet rag.
This paint went on beautifully. 
It dried very quickly for oil based which pleased the socks off of me. 
I did some test spots with a brush. 

I did the rest with a roller and a brush. 
The fastest application involved rolling the paint onto the flat parts of the cabinet doors and then brushing the paint into all the crevices.

There was one repair to do. 

I may have said before that I didn't care for our granite guy. 
Our new stove was not centered with our old counters. 
I asked him to account for the centering of the stove when he measured the template for the granite. 
He didn't do it. 
I wasn't pleased. 
I centered the stove but I had to make a spacer to close the gap between the stove and the cabinet. 
Years of use, the breakdown of the glue, and attaching the spacer did a number to the facing of the cabinet. 

After applying Liquid Nails, I used blocks to lift the sagging facing. 

Since I couldn't clamp this, I countersunk three screws to keep it in place.

I drilled a pilot hole. 

I used a countersink bit so that the screw would not have to sit flush with the facing. 

The cabinet is now secure. 

 I painted with the doors on because that is what the painter did four years ago. 
I wasn't pleased about that because he painted the hinges but it was easier to repaint with them on. 
I left them propped open to dry. 
I also painted with oil based because that is what they used four years ago. 
I wasn't about to go through the necessary steps to prepare these for latex paint.

Oil based paint yellows faster than latex. Satin yellows less than Semi-gloss which is was the old sheen.

Stay out of the kitchen when they are drying because if you bump into one after you have had your shower you will be annoyed when oil based paint gets on your new comfy dress. 
Don't ask me how I know this. 

A project that was supposed to stretch out for a week was done in two days.  

Here are a couple of photos showing the contrast between the old and the new color. 

I'm please with the end result.
My big fear is that I would mess up what the painter did four years ago.  
These cabinets look like they have been resprayed instead of rolled and brushed. 
I'm thrilled. 

I have to hit publish now so I can go play in my bright and fresh kitchen. 



  1. so much better with the whiter white. I love the direction you're headed with your kitchen. Our whole house house a yellowish cast to it, which I hate too. The only time it looks good to me is when Fall comes and brings the oranges and yellows of that season. We've decided to sell since it just seems like a waste to redo everything.

  2. Sorry about your comfy dress, but your kitchen looks GREAT :)

  3. Your cabinets look wonderful! I had noticed the yellowish paint in earlier posts, but thought it was my monitor. The white makes it seems so clean and new. Great job!

  4. Looks great Katie. I have used that color snowbound and love it too. It has just a tint of gray to keep the yellow down. The cabinets look great.

  5. I was pissed when I learned that my cabinets in my new house are really covered in paper not paint. Some of them are loose and could come off if I really tried. I'll eventually have to repaint them eventually

  6. Oh Katie, That's a lot of work but they really look fresher! I have to retouch mine, there have been some paint chips around the knobs, but I'm not looking forward to do all that cleaning/painting job! :)

  7. Katie they look absolutely fabulous! We just started the To Grandma's House we go link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too, thanks :)

  8. Katie, it looks amazing white! And, boo about your dress! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to The Round-Up. Happy Fall day to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse