Monday, July 23, 2012

Painting Oak Cabinets

Happy Monday! So excited to start off the week with a finished project to show you. Friday afternoon I posted on Facebook that I would be painting the guest bathroom vanity. Well, nothing like a little social media pressure to force me to finish something.

This is the oak cabinetry in need of a makeover...

My material list consisted of...

  • screwdriver
  • painter's tape
  • 80 grit sanding sponge
  • 220 grit sanding sponge
  • tack cloth
  • paint stick
  • Purdy paintbrush
  • foam paint roller
  • paint pan with plastic liners
  • Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer

  • quart of Benjamin Moore "Fieldstone Gray" in satin finish
  • drop cloth
  • protective eyewear and mask
  • paper towels
  • saw horses

I'm sure most of you are way more organized than I am. But, if you're anything like me, this list could prove to be helpful. If you gather all these materials ahead of time, you will not have to run up and down stairs a hundred times to retrieve the materials you didn't have in place. Let's just say my legs got quite the workout throughout the day :)
I'm usually in a hurry to get things started and just jump right in. However, a little prep work saves time and energy in the long run.

I began the project by removing the doors and drawers from the cabinets. I then used the 80 grit sanding sponge to take the sheen off the cabinets and rough them up a bit.

Safety first...

Using the foam roller and paint brush, I applied the primer. If you use the oil-based primer, you'll be glad to have a mask on and the windows open. That stuff is TOXIC... yuck!

When the primer dried, I used the 220 grit sanding sponge to smooth out any spots that needed it. Then, I got to the fun part... painting!

I followed the advice of others to use foam rollers, but I found that it left too many bubbles in the paint for my taste. (Maybe I was applying it wrong?) I just rolled on the paint and dragged my paintbrush through it, and I was happy with the result.

I lightly sanded after the first coat of paint and applied a second coat. I let it dry overnight before reattaching the doors.

Here's how it turned out...

Some new cabinet hardware and this bad boy's makeover will be complete.

Oh... and just in case I made it seem as if this project went off without a hitch, I'll share my oil primer/mineral spirits debacle with you next time :)

Have a great day!!

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  1. Oh, I could have saved you so much time by only using a few items for the same outcome. I just painted our cabinets a few weeks ago and used Benjamin Moores Advanced paint which is for cabinets and furniture. No priming needed. It is built in. It has very little smell and has a leveling agent in it which makes the brush marks not show when it dries. I used a brush on ours and they look like they were sprayed. Yours look very good and look like the same color as mine. I used a gray, too.

  2. I'm going to be in Indy for a few days this week. Have any time for a short get together? Coffee?
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  3. I'm going to be in Indy for a few days this week. Have any time for a short get together? Coffee?
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  4. The cabinets look good, can't wait to see the new hardware!

    I tried a foam roller yesterday and had the same bubbles you mentioned and went back to brush only. I might try it again and brush after roller - thanks for the good idea!

    @ Kim, I've been trying to find the name of that paint, thanks to you too!

  5. They look great! I did the same thing with my bathroom cabinet which was also a dark oak - looks wonderful all fresh and clean in BM Cloud White.

    I also used a foam roller and switched back to a brush - I just lightly skimmed it with the foam roller to remove any brush strokes. But once it was sanded, it was really smooth.

  6. This looks awesome! I love the grey color and you did such a good job. I'm sure it feels great to get that done!

  7. Very nice job!!! I'm currenting in the middle of painting the out side of our house. The bathroom's next, and I may or may not be doing the same thing to my bathroom cabinetry. Just sayin'!

  8. Looks great! When I painted our kitchen cabinets I used the same primer and it is awesome for durability. I used a foam roller and followed with a brush as well. Feels good to have it done, huh? :)

  9. Carolyn-- THAT looks fantastic. You did a wonderful job and you would never know it was the same cabinetry. xo Diana

  10. Wow! I love how good they look now. Grey has become such a popular color on cabinets now and it looks great in your bathroom. I know you must be glad to have that project done. You just made your bathroom look so much more expensive now!

  11. Amazing, even after all these years, what a paint job can do to improve a piece! The bathroom just looks fresher and cleaner (which is good in a bathroom!) and probably makes the room look brighter too!

  12. Looks divine! Lovely job! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from My Uncommon. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Wishing you a grand week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. That looked like hard work, but so worth it. It has given the whole bathroom such a lift. Well done. x Sharon

  14. What a difference paint makes!! Your bathroom is stunning! Love the mirrors!

  15. Love the old cabinets that now look like new cabinets! Fabulous job!

  16. What a wonderful makeover. I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

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