It has been a busy few days at the Stafford house. J went out of town this week and I got the bright idea I was going to surprise him and spray paint the kitchen cabinets. Yes spray paint, in February, in the snow. Crazy I know, but that's just how I work. I researched spray painting cabinets on the internet of course and found someone that had great success so I felt that I could do it too. I recruited some help, all of which asked that I not mention their names to J when he got home, (I think they doubted me just a little). First, I set up a make-shift spray paint room in a little mud room off of the kitchen. I lightly sanded and then sprayed all of the cabinets with a spray primer. Then I coated the back side of all the cabinets with 2 coats and the front sides with 1 coat of Krylon spray paint. This took about 4 cans of primer and 6 cans of Krylon.
They still needed more coats so at this point I rolled a coat of Creamy White Behr Primer and Paint in one. Once the doors were hung, I rolled another coat using a small sponge roller, this really made the paint look smooth. I do think spray painting the first few coats did save some time, but I am glad I rolled those last couple of coats, spraypaint can be tricky and stinky....if I would have inhaled any more of that stuff I think I would have died! It took about 2 1/2 days to do all of this and I put the last knob on about 15 min. before J walked in the door. J was surprised and yes he loves it (especially loves that he didn't have to do it)! A BIG thank you to all of you anonymous helpers!!
For all of you out there in blog land that are about to take the paint-your-cabinets-plunge, here are my suggestions;
*sand first-especially the non-wood areas
*prime-I liked the spray primer, it was quick and easy to apply
*prime again-I love the Behr primer and paint in one from Home Depot, this extra primer in the paint will help keep the paint from chipping
*paint the last coat after you re-hang the doors, this way you will see them as they will be and see what areas need repainting
*use a small sponge roller for the last coat-it leaves a smooth finish
*use paint that is washable and durable
*try to surprise your husband while he is out of town
*spray paint in the house-the smell and spray paint dust was too much at times even with doors & windows open-it was a lot of cabinets
*buy cheap paint
*be afraid-I was nervous once I saw the doors waiting on the floor to be painted, but I was not turning back and I'm glad I didn't!
I am a southern, Jesus lovin' girl who's blessed with a handsome, hard workin' hubby and 2 red-headed cuties, simply living life more abundantly. Here you will see a glimpse into our home and everyday lives.