Home Sweet Home-Update

January 5, 2018

Hello!!  I was trying to decide what I wanted to write about, and I thought giving you an update on our home would be best!!  I took on a HUGE project.  To be honest, I had no idea how huge it was until I started.  I painted all the cabinets in the kitchen!! They were an orange oak color and I painted them a bright white.  I’m completely in love with it and am going to share some tips and pictures.

First, my disclaimer is I am NOT a professional painter.  I have no idea if my way was “best practice” but I did do lots of research and suggest you do as well if you are tackling a project this size!

The biggest part of painting the cabinets was the prep work.  I took all the doors off and removed the hardware then laid the doors in my living room on a tarp.  They needed to be completely cleaned and free of dust, and yucky stuff.  We had some cabinets that were CAKED with grease…like the owners before us never wiped them down! Especially above the stove.  It was so nasty and I made Michael clean those ones 😛  So we scrubbed and scrubbed.  I used liquid TSP solution to really get the grease off and de-shine them (<—-no idea if that’s a real word!).  Then I did a light sanding over them to get more of the shine off.  I used an electric hand sander but you could also do it with just a piece of sand paper.  Once they were cleaned, I wiped them down with a damp cloth, then tack cloth (to get all the tiny dust particles) then let dry.

Next up, PRIMER.  I used Sherwin Williams Primer and did 2 coats, making sure they were completely dry before adding the next layer.  I used the cabinet rollers from Sherwin Williams and that seemed to work really well.  I used a Purdy 1″ angled brush to get the creases and sides.

After I did the 2 coats of primer, I painted them with 3 coats of Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic paint.  I didn’t have any tint added…just the white straight out of the can.  I was concerned it would be “too” white, but I actually love how bright it is!!  It really opens the room.  Make sure that the each coat of paint is completely dry before adding the next or you will get streaks and brush marks!  I didn’t do any topcoat because the paint I used is meant for trim and cabinets!

The steps are simple, but between the prep, drying time, and life, this project took me about 2 months!!

Here are some things I learned/tips if you want to tackle this project!

  1. If you have animals, make sure before you paint on the next coat, that there is no animal hair on the cabinets!
  2. Don’t skimp on materials.  Using a quality brush and roller will make a HUGH difference in the project.  The same with paint.  Use a quality paint made for cabinets.  You’ll thank yourself later.
  3. Double and triple check that the cabinets are prepped properly otherwise the paint will start to peal.
  4. Don’t rush the drying time.  If the cabinet is still sticky and you try to paint another coat, you will for certain see brush marks.
  5. Embrace the imperfect.  My cabinets are definitely no perfect, but no one but me notices the little imperfections.  You are human.
  6. Wait an extra day before you hang the cabinets back up.  Even if its dry to the touch, waiting an extra day will allow the paint to cure so that it doesn’t stick to the paint of the frames.
  7. Buy cabinet rubber stoppers.  They go in the corners of your cabinets and create a buffer so they don’t touch the paint on the frames.  This is just an extra precaution.

So that’s it!  Here are some pictures of my new kitchen with a few details added in!

This is literally the ONLY before picture I could find.  I used to be so much better at taking them…so here is a crappy cell phone before picture 🙂



This little guy was given to me by a student!


Corner dedicated to my dad. <3


My dad would always say “love you more!” after every conversation.


My dear friend, Allison, had this made for me.  I love this quote.