Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Hi Everyone!

I love to paint. But I don’t exactly love to paint walls, ceilings and cabinets. But I will paint anything I need to for my Mom.

My Stepdad passed away in August so my Mom is moving into a small Mother-in-Law Suite on our property. Nothing elaborate. It is a metal building that used to house our trucking company office.

This is what Mom and I have been doing lately. I have not been doing LIVE videos on either of my FACEBOOK pages. But soon, I will begin again.

To begin, we painted her raw wood kitchen cabinets with KILZ. We painted one coat of that. Then Mom painted a couple of coats of white paint. But we noticed the paint had really gummed up. It is very humid here (rain too) and the weather was cool so it was not drying very well. I did not take a picture of this sad state of affairs.

So we had to sand off some of the gumminess. I watched a YOUTUBE video that I will link here and it really helped for us to follow his guidelines. We will use this process to paint some furniture we bought for my Mom too. He uses automotive primer and we will use that next time. I will also try the type of paint he recommends next time. (water based alkyd paint) But we used regular Satin Finish Interior paint.

Spray Like Finish On Cabinets NO SPRAY GUN

by Paul Ricalde

It was mainly our doors that had gummed up. So we sanded all the bad areas. We diluted our paint with warm water and mixed it up well.

I would paint a light coat on with a paint brush and then Mom would follow up with a DRY roller brush. She kept wiping the roller brush to keep it dry.

I was a little heavy handed with my brush on this one. But I wanted to capture the brush strokes and how those are NOT what you want on your cabinets.
Here it is before we dry roller brush it.
Dry Roller Brushing. We used a larger roller brush too.
Here you can see the difference. Half done on the left and half undone on the right.

We put on at least 2 coats like this. Sometimes three light coats. We had to use a heater to get our paint to dry. The weather was not cooperating.

Trying to get all the excess paint off. DRIPS are unwanted. lol.
Here the DRY roller brushing is complete. It is not a professional job by any means. But it is better than we had before.
Here are the mischievous doors after all is said and done. I will take pictures when totally complete. Weather, please cooperate!

I used the steel wool after the first coat of paint but after that I didn’t use it again. I think my paint was thin enough after diluting some of it.

Between coats, we store our brushes in ziplock bags or cover them with saran wrap to keep them from drying out. We do that with our craft paint too.

Youtube is a great resource for when you are DIYing a project. It really helped us!

Hope you enjoyed this blog of a different kind. THANKS FOR READING!!

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