I know this series is called “painting cabinets”, but painting is just the final and probably the easiest step! Before you break out the paint, make sure you check out the first two posts in this series…
Now, let’s talk about the paint.
For the cabinets and trim in my house, I’m using Benjamin Moore’s Advanced paint in the Satin finish.
It’s a waterborne paint that behaves a bit more like an oil. It has a long open time, which means you can brush over it, fix drips, etc. without pulling off the drying paint. I think the reason I like using this paint so much, though, is that it is thinner, like milk paint. The advantage to thinner paint is that it’s self-leveling. Brush and roller marks disappear, making for a beautiful finish. The disadvantage is it doesn’t cover quite as well as a thicker paint, which means more coats, and you do have to keep an eye out for drips.
Another advantage is that it is a dream to put through a sprayer. It doesn’t need to be thinned with water, like the primer or most other paints.
As I did with the primer, I sprayed the doors and painted the cabinets with a brush and roller.
Once the primer is dry, that’s the time to fix any imperfections – sand out drips, texture, sprayer splatters, etc. As I mentioned in the post on priming, it’s not about how the primer looks, but how it feels. Take a minute to run your hand over the primed surface. If you feel lumps, bumps, drips, etc., then it’s worth taking the time to sand them out. They will, most likely, show through the final coat of paint.
Use a very fine sand paper, like a 320, and sand the trouble areas by hand.
(My mom helped me on this step when I was painting the living room built-ins when she was visiting a few weeks ago.)
Once everything was smoothed out (and most of the cabinets and doors didn’t require sanding), I sprayed the doors with my little spray set-up…
…and let them dry.
You can find tips on spraying in THIS POST.
And I painted the cabinets with a brush and roller in the same manner and with the same tools that I used to apply the primer.
I had to apply two coats on the cabinets, though. The first coat looks pretty ugly…
But the second coat looks great.
Now, I know you’re going to ask about a topcoat. If you use a quality paint with a satin gloss (or glossier), you do not need to apply a topcoat. It is basically built into the paint. It will dry hard and will be durable and wipeable.
There are many paints on the market that don’t require priming, but the tradeoff is that, in most cases, they require a topcoat. So, you can pick if you’d rather prime or apply a topcoat. Either way, it’s the same amount of steps. One option isn’t right or wrong, it just depends on the look and finish you are going for.
Most paints and finishes take 30 days to fully cure. You can put the doors back on when they are dry to the touch, but just ask your family to be gentle with them during that cure time.
Jeff laughed when I requested that of him and asked, “How exactly do I do that?”
“I don’t know! Just be gentle with them!”
So, this week is going to be an exciting week for the kitchen. I painted the crown over the weekend and will paint the walls and island this week. Also, the new hardware is coming in the mail and my new gas range will be delivered and installed!
It has involved hours and hours of painting, but I can see the finish line…
You can see the reveal of the painted cabinets HERE.