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How I Refreshed My Kitchen Cupboards In One Afternoon


We moved into our Nashville dwelling seven years in the past (man, time flies!) and the very very first thing we did was sand down and paint the darkish wooden kitchen cupboards white to convey some extra gentle into the small kitchen.

Let’s simply say that years (and one toddler) later, the paint job had gotten a bit of dingy and worn in locations, and I saved questioning after I’d ever have the time to refresh my kitchen cupboards, for the reason that authentic act of portray them was such a giant course of.

a blonde woman standing in a white kitchen holding a coffee mugAfter I actually sat down to consider it, I spotted that it could not truly be as massive of a job because it appears. And, as soon as I made a plan, I spotted that I may truly do a full cupboard refresh in only one afternoon!

That sounded far more doable than devoting a weekend to the job and as soon as it was achieved it made an enormous distinction in how recent the area feels—I’ll present you what I did!

white kitchen drawers with gold handles
white kitchen cabinets with gold knobs
You may see above within the earlier than photos that we had been positively in want of a refresh. Years of day by day use actually does depart a mark!

someone holding a dry eraserwhite kitchen cabinets with gold knobs

Clear and De-Grime the Cupboards

This step might sound like only a preparation for the actual change later, however I used to be amazed at how a lot better the cupboards regarded simply by doing an intensive cleansing with a magic eraser.

I may nonetheless see the spots the place the paint was worn by means of, however it felt so a lot cleaner general, and confirmed me the place the paint was nonetheless in fine condition.

I knew if I ran out of time, I may skip repainting these areas. It’s additionally a good suggestion in a kitchen to make use of some dish cleaning soap and water to wipe down areas earlier than repainting.

Any grease from cooking that’s nonetheless on the paint might maintain your touch-up paint from adhering correctly, so that you wish to use some soapy water or degreaser product to get it off first. In addition they make these magic erasers which have cleaning soap in them so you are able to do each jobs in a single!

You may see above that the left aspect has been cleaned and the correct hasn’t … although there may be nonetheless some chipped paint, they appear a lot newer already!

someone sanding the white cabinets where they took the gold knobs off

Give the Cupboards a Gentle Sanding

As soon as your wooden is clear, use some high-quality sandpaper (I like this model) to softly tough up the paint within the areas the place you wish to do a paint touch-up. You don’t wish to sand by means of all the way down to the wooden, so don’t really feel like it’s worthwhile to sand very exhausting.

A lightweight scuffing of the floor will assist the brand new paint stick a bit of higher. I additionally like utilizing a sanding sponge with a foam again so I can sand an space after which wipe off the mud with the tender foam half.

white kitchen with no handles on cabinets and a drawer missing with one cabinet door open

Add some Contact-Up Paint to the Naked Spots

I like to make use of a brush (that is my favourite one) for hard-to-reach areas of the cupboards, however portray wherever I can attain with a foam curler actually provides you the very best look general. Use that the place you possibly can on any flat areas (be certain that to take off your cupboard knobs and pulls first).

I used to be simply going to color probably the most worn areas of my doorways, however as soon as I acquired going, I spotted that it’s truly fairly fast to do the complete door or drawer whenever you’re simply doing a touch-up coat of the identical coloration.

So, I simply painted all of the fronts and it actually didn’t take for much longer. And in the event you can take out your drawers first, that may make them rather a lot simpler to color as effectively.

As you possibly can most likely guess by now, I’m assuming you understand what paint was used on the cupboards final time they had been painted so you may get extra for a contact up.

So, in the event you don’t have already got a strategy to maintain observe of what paint colours you utilize in your house, I extremely suggest writing it down someplace so you possibly can reference the listing as wanted!

Should you don’t know the precise coloration, you possibly can convey dwelling one million paint swatches till you discover one that appears tremendous shut, however you’ll most likely want to color the complete cupboard door fairly than only one nook in case the colour isn’t a 1,000% match.

Additionally, if in case you have a “kick plate” space like I do on the backside of your cupboards (it’s the place your baseboard/quarter spherical is close to the ground), touching that up whilst you’re portray is a good thought. It will get kicked and scuffed rather a lot together with your ft (therefore the identify)!

It’s a comparatively small space and it solely took 4-5 minutes to repaint mine, however it positively helped the entire thing really feel new once more.

someone opening a white cabinet with gold handles

Exchange Outdated/Worn {Hardware} (Or Clear It)

It was fairly apparent to me that tarnished {hardware} was another excuse that our kitchen was trying a bit of dirty. So if that’s the case for you as effectively, giving your {hardware} a cleansing or a polish also can actually assist make them look nearly as good as new.

And, you possibly can work on this whereas your paint is drying, so it gained’t take any longer both! It could even be a very good time to do a {hardware} improve in the event you selected a extra budget-friendly choice the primary time round.

I personally love Schoolhouse {hardware} and discover it wears rather well over time.

before and after picture of white drawers with gold handlesHow a lot better does that look in only a few hours?!

white kitchen with white stovetop and a peach pan on top white drawers with gold handles white kitchen with knives, fruit, blender, and flowers in a vase on white countertop  white drawers with gold handles white kitchen with gold handles and a sink with a gold facuet wider view of white kitchen with gold handlesWhen you’ve got additional time, one other factor that may make cupboards look new once more is altering out the hinges that connect the cupboard doorways to the wall.

That’s positively extra of a time consuming activity if you must do a number of them, but when yours are in dangerous form, simply make it a aim to change out one or two doorways a day together with your energy drill and that can make it really feel extra doable.

It’s far more work to change them out with totally different hinges which have totally different gap areas (you’d need to restore, fill, sand, and paint all of the previous gap areas), however in the event you’re utilizing {hardware} with the identical gap areas, it shouldn’t be that massive of a deal.

There you go!! It truly is wonderful to me how a lot newer the cupboards take care of only one afternoon of labor—completely value it! You may as well pop a cute pan on the counter or new kitchen rug into the area to freshen it up.

It appears like I spend most of my day within the kitchen, so it’s positively well worth the effort to make it look its greatest. I’ve additionally organized my fridge and closet in a single afternoon so take a number of days and actually get your home collectively! Hope this challenge thought helps to brighten up your kitchen too! xo. Laura

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