This is a cautionary tale about painting kitchen cabinets. My favorite room in the house, the heart of our home, the kitchen. It started out dark and dreary, blue linoleum countertops on honey cabinets on honey floors with dark trim and beige walls wasn’t working for me. I knew I wanted white shiplap walls but had a tiny budget and no clue how to even measure the walls or where to begin. Project paralysis is real friends don’t let it get the better of you. If you have determination, anything can be fixed so just go for it!
I decided to just go for it, what’s the worst that could happen? I started by hanging and painting the shiplap to see if I could live with those honey cabinets once the walls were white. As you can see from the picture below, I couldn’t. I also couldn’t stand the blue countertops. But remember tiny budget. I decided to cover them with some reclaimed cedar fence boards. you can read about how i did that HERE.
I’d painted furniture before but nothing like kitchen cabinets. I had to just go for it so I started painting them with white chalk paint. <insert horrified emoji> No prep, no primer, just plain old chalk paint. Monumentuous mistake. On a trip for more paint a worker told me I needed a deglosser. So I grabbed some and started wiping the doors that hadn’t been painted yet. when i was finished the cabinets looked great. until the paint started scratching off in large flakes. It was at that moment that I realized what I had done.
I finally understood the reason for products like TSP and Sander Deglosser and most importantly PRIMER! Sadly for my cabinets it was too late for primer. everything already had 2 coats of paint. After researching online I found out that kitchen cabinets are sealed with a real deal varnish. Meant to repel anything that could stain including the grease from our hands and cooking. It’s basically an impossible surface for paint to adhere. But like I said earlier, even the biggest disasters can be fixed!
Check out my next blog post HERE where I share the right way to paint your kitchen cabinets so they last.