I already shared how the cabinets look now but here I go into detail about how I went about updating them. There are already tons of DIY posts about all the different methods you can choose from and after reading just about all of them, I decided to do it this way.
I started by unscrewing all the doors off & taking off the hardware. I put em all in a ziploc back for safekeeping and I put a piece of tape on the backside of each door so I knew where it would go after it was all said & done.
Here is the list of items I used to transform my cabinets.
First I used TSP to clean the cabinets. They were caked with grease, grime & old spattered food. Gross I know. Then I sanded each and every surface with 120 grit sandpaper and went over it using a 320 grit to get it nice and smooth and ready for paint.
Then I wiped everything down using some tack cloths. It was the dead heat of summer and I opened up all the windows, put a fan in the dining room to draw the fumes out and most importantly, I used a mask. The kind with for noxious odors.
Next, I started by taping off the dishwasher and priming it, with my favorite primer, Zinsser 1-2-3. I used about 5-6 cans of spray at around $5 each.
I heard it was wise to use enamel paint for kitchen cabinets and I read reviews about how awesome this one is, Rustoleum High Performance Enamel Spray. I used about 5-6 cans which are around $6 each.
After priming and enamel spraying, I used this nifty little caulking tool and got all the edges.
You just smoosh it smoothly to make it look nice & clean.
Doesn’t it look nice?
I got this liner from Lowe’s for around $7 and put it down on all the shelves. It does wonders for making it more cleaner looking.
I can actually see inside my cabinets now…Crazy what white can do.
I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.
It’s been 6 months & it’s been holding up great. It wipes off clean & resists stains. I love how easy this was & how great this has held up. And for such little investment around only $100. Will be more if you have more cabinets. I can’t get away with not cleaning these pretty things. I’m not complaining though.