In this part we give the kitchen a fresh new look by painting and replacing the hardware on the cupboards and cabinets.
(There are three parts, for lack of a better word, that we will be painting: the frames, the doors, and the drawers. The steps for each of these are essentially the same and basic instructions on each step apply to all of them. Exceptions and caveats for each part will be detailed below the main instructions.)
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Multipurpose Primer, 1 Gallon
- Latex Paint, 1 Gallon - A more expensive but more durable option is an enamel paint which should list cabinets as an intended use. This is what we were told we were getting but they actually gave us a pretty basic paint. As far as gloss level goes I would suggest a semi-gloss at the very least. The less glossy the harder it is to clean the surface.
- Knobs/Handles/Pulls; eBay - An easy way to change the style of your kitchen. We used straight, clean bar pulls on everything to modernize the look. eBay is a great place to find quality hardware for $1-2 less per item. That adds up over 30-40 items.
- Hinges - You may just want to reuse the old ones, which is easy, but again you can use new hinges, especially if you need to match finishes with the the pulls. The invisible no-bore hinges we used are available from D. Lawless Hardware and are $1.44/each.
- Small Wood Blocks - These are only necessary for installing frameless hinges on full framed cabinets. Scrap wood of the proper size (See Step 6) is fine.
- Wood Screws - Only necessary if you switch to a different style of hinge.
- General Purpose Adhesive - Only necessary if you want to use a through bolt drawer pull in a place where you can't bolt through (See Step 6).
- Screwdriver & bits - Drill and driver bits.
- Sanding block or palm sander - You don't want to sand all of this by hand unless you have time to kill.
- Damp cloth - To remove the dust after sanding.
- Saw horses - Or something else to support the pieces as you paint and prep.
- Masking tape, stirrer, & other painting supplies
- High density foam rollers and brushes - High density foam gives the smoothest coat.
- Paint sprayer - Not required but it will save you a lot of time on the doors and drawers.
- Board and nails - To build a lifter to so you can paint both sides of the doors much quicker.
- Dust mask
- Drop cloths - We are replacing the floors (Part 3 coming soon) so we didn't really protect the floors but you should unless yours are coming out too.
- Center Punch
- Hack Saw - See General Purpose Adhesive above.