So, remember me dreaming of a white kitchen? Well, I finally got me a white kitchen! And I didn’t spend a fortune on it either. Take a look at our builder basic kitchen before we painted the cabinets white.
Nothing awful but I’m not an orangey-oak, grainy wood kinda gal. All the kitchen pictures in my inspiration folder are of light, airy kitchens with either white or light gray cabinets.
Since our walls are already a gray color, I thought white cabinets would fit in nicely. However, I didn’t have $10,000 sitting around (nor did I want to slap that down on a credit card) for new, custom white cabinets. Needless to say, it was pretty easy to decide on PAINTING our current oak cabinets white. Yes, that’s right, I said PAINTING over oak cabinets. (My dad and grandpa are uneasy over this latest turn of events…being quite the handymen and thinking it a crime to paint oak.)
First, we removed all the cabinet doors and drawer fronts (and by ‘we’ I mean my hubby) and emptied the cabinets of their contents. Our entire kitchen contents lived on/under our dining table for about a week.
The next step was to lightly sand and degloss all cabinetry surfaces.
Then we (this time I really mean ‘we’) primed and painted the cabinet frames that remained on the walls. For maximum benefit, we let the primer cure well longer than the recommended time. Same for the two coats of paint.
We chose an oil-based primer and latex enamel paint for durability. (These cabinets have to put up with our two little boys.) Both were purchased from Sherwin-Williams at one of their 20% off weekend sales. The total cost in primer and paint was less than $80! Once the frames on the wall were painted, our kitchen looked like this for 2 months while we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
We contemplated buying or renting a spray gun for the doors and drawer fronts. But after reading about how difficult they could be to clean and how thinning the paint correctly took some trial-and-error, we looked into having someone spray them for us professionally. Unfortunately, all the quotes were well over $2000… more than we were willing to spend. We had every inclination to just prime and paint them by hand but knew it would be a loooong time before we were able to complete that task… it was January in Ohio… we didn’t want to paint them indoors…plus we have two kiddos that take up most of our time…not to mention jobs. Then we found DJ. DJ was hard up for some work, had a decent portfolio and wanted $280 total to caulk, prime and paint all the doors and drawer fronts. Yippee! And he did it in 5 days. (DJ will definitely be considered for more time-consuming painting projects in our home!)
We got our doors and drawers back from DJ, then looked to IKEA for hardware. We decided on the LANSA handles. Luckily, I had $75 in gift certificates so we only spent $15 out of pocket on hardware.
Steve also made an extra trip back to IKEA for a handy tool to help him line up drill holes for the hardware. It put us back another $2. Here’s the drill template in action.
So, 2 months and $375 later, our kitchen now looks like this.
It’s not 100% finished. I plan on adding a glass front door to the upper cabinet, left of the sink. And Steve is trying to find an organizational rack for the pots and pans in the lower cabinet, left of the fridge. We’ve also been putting away money every month for the last 3 months to upgrade our sink, faucet and countertops. More to come on those changes soon…
But, for now, we are basking in the white-ish glow of our newly painted kitchen cabinets! I might even take up cooking.