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How to Brighten Up Your Kitchen

How much time do you think you spend in your kitchen? According to the USDA's Economic Research Service, Americans spend an average of 37 minutes prepping food. For some people, the kitchen is even placed at the center of their home. Whatever the case, it's a room we can't avoid on a daily basis.

Wouldn't it be great if your kitchen had an inviting aura? Well, we do! And since we spend quite a bit of time in Jessie's house, we decided it was time to commit to the kitchen makeover!

Steps to Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

So here it is ... our very own version of a step-by-step guide towards painting your kitchen cabinets!

WARNING! It's a bit of a doozy!


Can you believe that we nearly backed out of this project because of the prep work? Oh yes! Just getting things good and ready seemed to be challenging enough!

Here's what we had to do:

  • Move things out of the way (you don't want paint on everything so you want to make sure you move the stuff you won't want to ruin with the possibility of drips and paint marks).

  • Remove the doors and drawers (use your power tools to make life easier).

  • Mark each door and drawer you remove

  • Secure tape and plastic around the areas you want to paint.


Now you start getting to the fun part! You may not be able to sand every nook and cranny, but you can certainly try.

Why do you need to sand?

Well, you certainly don't have to, but sanding helps smooth out surfaces and makes it easier for paint to cling onto. Some say it helps paint stay on longer. We don't know if this is absolutely true or what the actual scientific explanation is for it, but it certainly doesn't hurt to secure your hard work by just taking that extra step.



Sanding can generate a lot of dirt and debris, which is why cleaning is an absolute necessity. You certainly don't want to paint over dirt after you've just spent hours sanding to smooth out your surfaces!


Priming is another really important step. You typically prime a surface with resin solution that seals surfaces and helps create a bond on the surface. We don't know how absolutely true this is but perhaps it's the same concept as base nail polish or makeup priming 😉.

For this project, we used the Kilz all-purpose primer because we like that it's mildew resistant.

Some paint already comes with primer. So many people don't feel the need to go the extra step. However, paint and primer have two separate purposes. So we recommend keeping them separate or at least taking the extra step to still prime even if your paint solution already has primer in it.


Now for the fun part! Oh yes! Paint!

There were areas we couldn't spray paint, obviously, but the ones we could, we did.

Step 6: SEALING with a Top Coat

This is a part that's often missed, but we must warn you that it would be a truly big mistake to do so! When you've got kids like we do, you will most certainly have a lot of dirty fingers rubbing all over your beautifully painted cabinets. So you want to make sure it's protected and can withstand roughly handled moments!

A good sealer is the best way to keep your newly upgraded cabinets. We are huge fans of water-based polyurethane. We've used it on furniture and other DIY projects many times. It's not perfect but compared to other sealers, it's easy to put on and it wear hasn't let us down yet!

Seriously ... when we say it's easy to put on, we meant it! You could literally just put some on a paper towel and run it over your painted pieces. It won't feel messy and it can go on quite evenly as long as you get the whole surface!

Step 7: PUTTING EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER (including the handles)

Drilling the cabinets back into place was another exciting part! It was like slowly putting pieces of a puzzle together. After every one you put up, you know you're that much closer to the end result.

Then after you've got the cabinets up, you can go ahead and put together the last pieces of the puzzle - your handles!

How do you like our new cabinets?

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