Kitchen Makeover: DIY Tips

May 18, 2015


Before I get to the kitchen, I wanted to thank Megan at Honey We’re Home for featuring my master bedroom recently. I’ve been following Megan for a long time now and love the way she has decorated her home. You will find tons of inspiration from her blog. Thank you Megan!! To me, the master bedroom should be three things: cozy, comfortable and romantic! One day, I’ll share about all the DIY tips to our sultry decorated bedroom πŸ˜€ 


I hope you had a fantastic weekend! As promised, here is the breakdown of our kitchen transformation. If you missed the Before and After post, you can find it here. I’m going to keep it as short as possible. You can always contact me for more questions. Remember, we are not professionals by any means so this is just our method of painting our cabinets. If you decide to paint your cabinets, make sure to do your own research. There are different types of cabinets and some are best done by professionals. We had dark cherry stained, glossy cabinets. We definitely ran into bumps doing our cabinets so I’ll elaborate on that too. 

IMG_1682Here is what our cabinets looked like before. 

When I originally started painting, I didn’t realize how glossy our cabinets and frame were. I found out the hard way that sanding is critical to this process. 


After painting a section of the cabinets, I knicked the cabinet frame and the paint came off in a small spot. I realized it peeled right off and realized that was going to be a big problem. I ended up having to remove the cabinets that were done in this spot and had to peel it all off and redo the entire thing. It was a good lesson because we ended up doing it the right way after that. We used liquid sander for about 1/4 of the kitchen. I hand sanded the rest of the frames and machine sanded the cabinets and drawers. If you use a liquid sander, you need to do it a few times to ensure you remove the glossy layer. 


I highly recommend unscrewing all of the brackets off. Label them in baggies and just store them inside the cabinets. 


IMG_1790Have a good working space ready. We used one side of our garage and worked about 4 nights a week. After sanding, we hand primed everything. The only part we didn’t prime was the backside of the cabinets. We just spray painted those with one layer. Since no one is going to really look at that side, I opted to not prime or double coat them. If you machine sand the cabinets, they will really soak up that primer. We waited till it completely dried and then put on the first coat of paint with the sprayer. Using a paint sprayer is much quicker and more even than doing it by hand. Here are our steps.

  1. take off hardware and place in labeled bags
  2. sand 
  3. prime the front side of the cabinets and drawers
  4. after prime dries, spray the backside of the cabinets
  5. after completely drying usually overnight, spray the primed front side of cabinet
  6. wait till dried and apply second coat
  7. leave out to dry for at least a couple of days before reinstalling them back

IMG_1921We worked from the right side of the kitchen and moved left. I also spray painted the knobs gold.


 The baby wipes box was perfect for this! 


Hanging up the last few cabinets felt exhilarating!! Parents, teach your boys AND girls how to use tools! I love using the drill gun. I’ve used it so many times to hang curtain rods, frames and now cabinets! 

The island was painted last and I actually did this my hand. Since I wanted to finish the kitchen up quickly at the end, I did this during Emmy’s nap for a couple of days. Because it’s darker, it went on pretty smooth. I really love the color and how it contrasts with the lighter cabinetry.

COLORS: Behr Marquee gray shimmer and dawn gray in satin finish

IMG_2090Love my baking corner! I keep most of my baking supplies in those upper cabinets. 

These pictures were taken during different phases of the painting process hence the different flowers πŸ˜€ These Mother’s Day hydrangeas are over a week old and still going strong!IMG_1838

Even my dark granite countertops look so different against the lighter cabinets!


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Hope these tips are helpful. Lmk if you have any other questions!


and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts– Exodus 31:33

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