Monday, December 29, 2014

Painting the kitchen cabinets - part 2

Here we are, end of day 3, with not a lot to show. What we got done:
  • Primer coat 1 on kitchen cabinets
  • Holes drilled in drawers for hardware

What's left:
  • Everything else
The most important outstanding task is sanding and de-greasing the cabinet doors. I did some math today and realized that the doors are going to make or break my timetable, because each door requires 4 total coats with 16 hours drying time in between. My two-toned plan isn't tenable if I want to finish before I go back to work next week.

Sooo, I've decided to go with a single color for all the cabinets. I'll find another use for that dark greige custom color. I need to be able to spray all the doors at once so it takes a max of 4 days, and the only way I can do that is with a single color on top and bottom.

On a less tense note, here's my genius Tape & Drape technique (patent-pending):
Covered, ready to paint
Uncovered, ready for use
Covered, ready for painting
Uncovered, ready for use
I took a 9x12 plastic drop cloth and cut it into 4 parts. Each section was the perfect cabinet width and depth.

You're welcome, universe.


  1. Oh, god, this looks so familiar. Trigger warning! (Just KIDDING!)

    1. Hahaha, it's SO true! Before I took this on I obsessively read other blogs about painting kitchen cabinets and would click anything in Pinterest that even hinted at it. AFTER painting the cabinets, I flinch and click away when I see those topics.

      I was so anxious for the entire project, I think it gave me PTSD. It's a strange thing to not regret doing it but simultaneously have such a visceral response to thinking about having done it.