Sunday, January 30, 2011

Painting My Cabinets Gray...


Hey guys!  Happy Sunday!

I wanted to share my latest project with you.

I recently had an itch to revamp my laundry room.  I decided that if I changed it up a bit it might make me fall in love with doing laundry... I'll let you know how that works out for me ;-)

Here is how my laundry room looked before this weekend.  It has looked like this for 2 years with no change at all whatsoever.  I've never even hung anything on the walls.


Here's my uppers...


And I have this long one in the center with adjustable shelving.





So there is not really anything wrong with it.  I'm just over it.  My ceilings match the wall which is fine in the rest of the house but I was wanting to brighten this room up and change that window up for sure.

I decided to go gray.

I LOVE gray cabinets.  I especially love when I see gray cabinets mixed with traditional lines and hardware.  That is my goal in here.  Today I am just showing you how I painted them.


My original cabinets were painted with an oil based paint.  I wanted to put a latex paint over them so I went to my local paint store and was told my a very helpful man to use THIS primer.

First, I removed all my doors, drawers and hardware and laid the doors out in the garage.  I put two coats of primer on everything.  I didn't tape off the walls or cabinets yet because I knew I would be painting the walls a different color.

I love when I find new favorite products!!  Many of you ask how I apply paint to some of my projects.  This is my first time using these and I will never paint walls, cabinets or furniture again without them.



I found mine at Lowe's and it comes with a 4" tool like this.


I used 2 coats of primer on everything.  After that dried I started on my gray.  For the doors I would use an angle brush to get in all my grooves like this first.



Then, I would use my Whizz roller to cover the rest of the door.  I used the roller on my cabinets and the angle brush on the crown at the top.  It took two coats of gray to get everything smooth and I was done!  





I decided to leave that middle door off.  I filled the holes from the hardware with some wood putty, sanded it and it looked brand new.  I am going to do something fun on those shelves just because.

Remember my knobs??


Yep... They got a little revamp too!  I will show you those in my next post when I get them all on and start to get this room back together.

I hope you like them.  I love them!  It was hard, but only because I was working in such a small space and I had to keep climbing over the washer and dryer.  Ooooh... I should have taken pics of that for you guys :-)

I am so happy I asked the nice man at the paint store about my primer.  That stuff went on perfect and I didn't have to sand anything!

Let me know if you have any questions!  Have a great week and I will be back soon with an update.

~Whitney

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22 comments:

AnneLoyd said...

I love your cabinets! Actually, I love everything on your blog!

Tammy said...

love 'em!!! the look great, and i think the center one looks much better with out the door.

Anna @ Take the Side Street said...

Looks fabulous! I wish I was brave enough for gray cabinets :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You had me at gray. :)
Can't wait to see the rest!

Cindy @ Shanty Insanity said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the gray! I am on a gray kick right now....painted my master bath gray, both daughter's bedrooms are gray, and one other bath in my house....not all the same shade of course. This post is perfect timing for me! I am planning to repaint the island in my kitchen. I know the painter used an oil-based paint on it, and I have been putting off this project because I didn't want to deal with oil-based paint! So happy to know about the primer! :o)

Natosha @ Seven One Six said...

ohhhhh the grey is beautiful! I especially like the calm "clean" feeling it brings to your laundry room! Great job

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

They look great! I LOVE them! Can't wait to see the finished room!

LeeHillPrimitives said...

LOVE it! Nice color. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Christina said...

I love it, love it, LOVE IT! Gray is my FAVORITE and it's beautiful in this room!! GREAT job!!

Kelly said...

Very lovely and very chic! Seeing so much lovely gray around the design world right now!

Kelly

Jodi said...

They look really nice, I like the gray! I am going to paint my cuboards in my kitchen, unless I chicken out; they are oak now and I want them a creamy color.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love them gray. Can't wait to see what you did with those knobs.

Judy said...

That looks amazing. We are about to redo our laundry room and I have toyed with painting the cabinets. This was a great inspiration.

JJ said...

The cabinetry is beautiful. I wish I had your laundry room.

I have a question for you. We bought our home from another owner and I'm trying to match a treatment he had on some cabinetry and it looks a lot like the treatment that was originally on your laundry cabinets. Did you do that? If so, how did you do it? Was it paint and then a wood stain?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Heather @ REOlisticRenovation said...

Love the gray and can't wait to see what else you do!

katy said...

Did you sand your cabinets or just prime them? It is looking great so far!

Amy@ Just Pleased as Punch said...

Love, love, love it! I am dying to paint my lovely honey oak builder's grade cabinets, but have been forbidden by the hubs. Hmph.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Looks great! I really love gray!
Can't wait to see it all done!

Amy said...

So awesome! I have been thinking about doing my kitchen cabinets forever--you are getting me a little closer to actually DOING it. Thanks for sharing that primer.

Comeca Jones said...

OMG The cabinet knobs are beyond wonderful!

farmers daughter said...

I love to paint! My family kids that if it sets still long enough, it'll get painted!

Niki @blake959805@me.com said...

Laundry room looks great...I would love to win some tape! :)

 
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