Thursday, December 2, 2010

~painted cabinets tutorial & a winner~

One thing I forgot to mention about the floors yesterday was to be sure and wear knee pads.
My knees started hurting about 1/4 way through the process.
I have a high tolerance for pain and was too stubborn to stop, so I ignored it.
At the end of the night when I stepped out of my grubby work clothes, my knee caps were raw and bleeding. The skin had totally rubbed off.
So there you go, save your knees and wear pads!
Now, onto the cabinets!
I used a color by Ralph Lauren called Oatmeal.
I had it color matched to Behr paint, the new kind with the primer built in.
Very worth it.
I did a satin finish.
I removed all the doors and hardware and sanded them with my palm sander outside.
This picture is out of order, but this is the glaze I used.
More on that later on down this post.

I set up a workroom on my dining room table.
I painted 2 coats of the paint onto the doors with one of those throw away foam brushes that cost about 52 cents.
I was not very particular about the painting. I just made sure it had an even coat and no globs anywhere.
Let dry between coats, about an hour.
2 coats was all that was needed, love this paint!

This is our corner unit that I didn't take off because I couldn't get to the hinges.
This is the door I will be giving you the glaze technique on.
Here you can see it is painted, and that's it.
I didn't sand them anymore at this point.

I used another cheap foam brush to apply the glaze
{pictured above}
that I got at a craft store.
You want to put it in all the "cracks" and "crevices" that your doors have.
As you can see, you can be very sloppy with this step.
I would recommend doing 1 section at a time, just to ensure the glaze doesn't dry to much on you for the next step.

Next, take a rag that is damp, not wet, damp.
Have another dry one on hand as well.
Simply use the rag to "take off" some of the glaze, making sure you leave it in the crevices.
Does that make sense?
Seriously, not good at tutorials....

If the rag is too wet you will take off too much.
If it is too dry you will just smear it all around and it will look like you let a 2 year old do it.
Use a combination of the damp rag and the dry rag until you get the look you are going for.
Don't make it too "perfect"
You want some areas to have the glaze more heavily than other areas.
This is what gives it character.
This process takes less than 5 minutes per door.
Have several rags handy. You don't want to use the same one over and over, as you will just deposit glaze from used parts of the rag onto parts of the doors you don't want glaze.

And here is the finished door, voila!
I used the leftover Varathane from the floor to seal the cabinets.
For those of you that asked, it's a product made by Varathane and the can says,

no odor floor finish, polyurethane. High traffic formula, fastest drying water based, crystal clear, satin. It was spendy but I only went through 1 gallon on both the floor and cabinets. Someone else asked about my cabinet hardware.
I think I got it at Home Depot, but it was such a long time ago, I don't remember!
It might have been Target.
Wherever it was, I need to remember because I lost one of mine in this whole process!
Another question someone asked about the floors was if I needed to tape off the trim work/baseboards.
The answer is no.
It was very easy to do both the sanding and staining without getting any on these areas.
I hope I answered all your questions!

In other news....
I have a winner to announce for the Willow House giveaway!
Congrats to Laurel from
like rain on a tin roof!

You are the lucky winner!

Please email me!

Laurel wrote that she would put her favorite cool quotes and unexpected "happy notes" for family and friends on the memo board!

I love that!


jennifer said...

The cabinets look great! I have been looking for a way to update our cabinets so this tutorial couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you!

Folkman's said...

I love this tutorial on the cabinets! You made it so simple! A lot of prople do so many other things and use so many other paint brushes and stuff. I am renovating a house for a friend and want to paint the kitchen cabinets but have been intimidated. I think I might try this now! What type of wood were your cabinets to start with?

Stacy said...

The cabinets look fantastic! A couple questions: Did you paint the inside of the doors? Did you use any glaze on the cabinet boxes - or just on the doors? Thanks! Keep up the awesome DIY decorating - love it!

Janette Mallory Interior Design, Inc said...

Wonder Woman you are my idol. I wish I had your talent and energy. Your kitchen looks amazing! xoxo janette mallory

White and Rust said...

The cabinets look awesome! Thanks for sharing the kind of glaze you used.

Kendra said...

Looks amazing, you've been hard at work!!

Annie Louise said...

Your cabinets look amazing! Your tutorial is great. I am thinking about painting our cabinets and your tutorial may just be the push I need to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing.

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Your cabinets look great! I just got done doing that myself and am very pleased with the outcome! Amazing what a little paint and hard work can do for a kitchen makeover!

Sanctuary Home said...

You did a great job on your kitchen cabinets. They look awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, it takes the guesswork out of it. I am trying to talk my fiance into helping me paint ours, except ours our melamine (yuck), so I don't know if they would turn out as well. But I'm willing to give it a go. I'm inspired by your kitchen makeover. :0)

Sandi said...

Great job on your cabinets! I know how hard and time consuming it is but they do look wonderful! I love all your ideas, your very inspiring! I don't post much on my blog but would love for you to look at some pics of my new home in the country. Any ideas would be welcome..Thanks

Dawn said...

They look question...did you use the palm sander to sand the cabinet "box" as well?? I am definitely going to attempt this after the holidays!

Dawn said...

They look question...did you use the palm sander to sand the cabinet "box" as well?? I am definitely going to attempt this after the holidays!

Judith said...

Again, Melaine, thanks so much for the details. I'm going to start my staining project this weekend! Your kitchen looks fantastic and I know it must be so satisfying to have done the work yourself. Enjoy it!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the tutorial!! My husband and I are wanting to try doing that. Our neighbor just paid $5,000 to have someone do that to their's. Yikes!! (and it looks exactly the same as yours!!) Thanks again.

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job on your cabinets! did a great tutorial...What do you mean you're not good at them? You did a great job! I have that same Oatmeal color on the cabinets in the bathroom on our lower level. I have always loved it. I even have one of my bedrooms painted in that color and I used that color and Ralph Lauren's Crab Apple in my kitchen. The thing I like best about it is that the color changes during the day as the sun moves across the room.

I am soooo bummed. I had that same Plaid glaze in my hand yesterday...walked all over the store with it and then put it back because I wasn't sure it would work! Darn it! Now I have to make a trip back and pick it up because it is EXACTLY what I want! Well, at least I put it in the spot it belonged so I can find it again!

I don't always respond when I visit here. If I am at work there is something in our settings that blocks your blog. I think maybe there is an advertiser attached or something that puts up a warning. I have 2 or 3 sites that I can't visit....darn...cuz I love coming here as an escape from my work day.

Have a wonderful Saturday...and enjoy all your hard work! Hugs-Diana

Chris -East Coast Suburbanite said...

you make it look so simple. My husband and I have decided to try to hire someone to paint ours since I'm too scared I'll mess them up. We have builder grade maple cabinets. Now you having me thinking it might come out ok if I do it. Yours are beautiful.

from me to thee......... said...

just beautiful, I went to the home improvement store yesterday and seen cabinets look just like yours !!!!!!!!! you done an awesome job!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I did the same thing a year ago and love them. I now need to figure out how to paint the tile backsplash (White square plain 80's tile in a straight pattern) because my counter top is also white! I have a quick your barstools..where did you get them? Thanks:)

Patina said...

I'm a painting contractor and I do lots of cabinets...I have an even better trick for you to use next time. Instead of a wet/dry cloth. Huggies diaper wipes are the best thing to use for removing excess glaze. Not too wet, not too dry. I carry them in my "kit" as they work great for cleaning paint cans or keeping my brushes moist until I can get home and clean them in my own sink! Your cabinets look great, I have had bad luck with the Behr All in One. I used it on my own cabinets and I'm not happy with how it's held up. I hope yours will be better than mine! I'm back to good old Benjamin Moore!

CabinFever said...

Love love love your cabinets but am having difficulty locating the glaze you used. Do you mind divulging your source? Thanks - guess you know what I'm gonna be doing for New Years.

Unknown said...

Maybe I missed the answer, but did you glaze the entire door or just the crevices? Did you glaze the cabinet boxes, too? They look great and just what I'd like to do in my kitchen--since gutting it is not an option at this point.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job and great tutorial!! I love the oatmeal color you used, will for sure have to keep that in mind for a future project. Also, thanks for the tip on the top coat you used, never would have thought of using a floor finish for cabinets but why not!!

Thanks for sharing.


Lawra Loo said...

Used your tutorial last night and did my cabinets. LOVE THEM.
They really look like I just bought them this way!
Thanks so much for posting this!

Sylvia said...

Did you by chance remember where you got the cabinet hardware? I love them. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Michele Roundtree.....Love it!!! And I agree with another poster who said this is very easy and simple. Other methods tend to be very involved.

Stacy said...

If anyone knows what Behr color was used for these cabinets, I would greatly appreciate it. I know it was originally Ralph Lauren "Oatmeal" but was color matched for Behr. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Beautiful!! How much sanding did you do on the cabinets? Did you sand lightly or all the way down to the wood??? What was the color match by Behr??? I need to update some golden oak cabinets.

Unknown said...

Hi, Love your cabinets..I want to do this to my cabinets...You said you used Behr paint but was it satin or semigloss.

Unknown said...

This has been extremely helpful. We are doing tons of kitchen renovations in Halifax and can't wait to start with the cabinets soon.

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Unknown said...

What brand of hardware did you use?

Unknown said...

I want to do that to my cabinets. I have one question though I just want to make them look antiqued, I don't want to paint them. Do I have to Paint them or can I just use the glaze?

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I would love an idea on how to do this to dark walnut cabinets?

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Do the cabinets come out smooth or can u see brush strokes?

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