Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - New Look!

Christy from Embellished Bayou made a dramatic change in her kitchen just by restaining her cabinets!

Before:


After:



Amazing! Here are the DIY steps she took:

1. Remove all cabinet doors & drawers. I numbered each door & drawer with a piece of tape on the back to keep track.

2. Clean all surfaces with TSP cleaner.

3. Lightly sand all surfaces with fine to medium sandpaper.

4. Clean again with TSP, wipe with tack cloth

5. Apply stain with foam brush, wipe off after several minutes. I used Olympic Premium Interior Oil Based Stain in Mocha Brown.

6. Apply second coat, wipe off

7. Use a dry brush to further work stain into grain and trim work if neccessary.

8. Let dry overnight or for a couple days

9. Apply clear polyurethane (follow direction on can). I used Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethan in Clear Satin.

10. Let dry for 24 hours.

11. Rehang doors & insert drawers.

I only did the front side of the cabinets, not the insides. This would have taken twice as long, obviously, and I was ready to be done! Overall, I think the project took a couple weekends, just because I liked to let everything dry very well. There are some scratch marks around the cabinet knobs on a couple doors and a couple small places where the stain has rubbed off after I spilled something and had to wipe hard with a damp cloth, but overall they have held up well. It really transformed the look of the kitchen!


I love how updated and new they look by just changing the color! Thanks for sharing Christy! You did a fantastic job!

10 comments:

Domestic Princess said...

Those look like real wood! Great Job=)

Pearl Maple said...

Followed your link from the Inspired Room, great renvoation you have going there, like the classic colour scheme.

Thanks for sharing ideas and inspiration.

Embellished Bayou said...

Thanks for the feature! Oh, and by the way, they are real wood, they were just stained an ugly orangey color before. They are good quality new oak cabinets, that's why we didn't want to replace them, just change them to fit our style.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wow! She really dressed up that kitchen. It looks so much more elegant. Great job! laurie

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

It looks fantastic! I think I'm feeling a bit of staining in my future (read mine and Jason's future). ;)
She did a great job!
*Tricia

Liz said...

Holy moly! Great job Christy, you really transformed very basic-looking cabinets into a gorgeous focal point - they look fab!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

WOWSA! Those look great!

Angie said...

I love that dark wood color. Amazing job!

Caroline said...

Great job!!

Susie Q said...

Great job. I actually just painted the ones in our half bath so I'll look for some of that finish for them.

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