Painting cabinets

Is hard work. Even if you pay someone else to do it.  Unless you are going on vacation and your husband loves to go out every single meal..i could go on and on, simply put..its an ordeal.  My painter is great, we are working with a great Low-VOC product, but face it, its still chaos to unload your cabinets and totally clear out your command central.  My kitchen is our mudroom, my office..not to mention the center hub for meals and medicine taking and homework etc..

But it needed to be done yall. I painted these green cabinets MYSELF 12 years ago and while i tried to do a good job with oil based paint, they were really showing wear and tear…especially the silverware drawer below. See the green peeking through…and then after he sanded and sanded all of the humidity bubbles and peeling paint. Now they are two toned!

And the insides were yellowing (you know oil based paint does that with age and no direct sunlight) and i had saved the money and was SO EXCITED and ready to do it.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful i have the money and thankful i know a good painter but it is slow going.  Partially because my painter is so good…he does everything the right way..caulking, sanding, waiting until primer dries…important stuff i know.

If i had done a little more of that the first time they might have held up longer.  I am sure on the other side i will say its all worth it. 

Luckily we are using a low VOC paint that has allowed me to feel better about the kids being home at night and I am even working at my computer in the next room while the painter works and cant smell glad.  This product is from the Green Painter (which you will be able to buy online soon at a great price) in Houston…more coming on their colors and offerings…i am using a simple white called SUGAR DUST!

 And I am getting a new overhead light  (love me some schoolhouse lights) installed as we speak and the patient painter is also repainting my ceiling where my not so great painting of the walls last year bled a bit…so we should be all spiffed up and ready for a home cooked week maybe. I will keep you posted!

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  1. I completely feel your pain. I painted my kitchen cabinets 2 years ago and it felt like the never ending project. mr. V was dead set against painting wood cabinets so he did not help with this project. What is it with men and painted wood? But it was SO worth the hassle as my kitchen got a much needed face lift. It took it from wood, wood, wood to a better balanced room. At least in my opinion! I shared a quick before and after last month.

  2. oooooo!!! i cant wait to see pictures!!

  3. How exciting! I can’t wait to see the final result!

  4. Holly, I can’t wait to see them. I know it will be fabulous!!!!

  5. This is all great info. 2012 is the year of the kitchen upgrade at my house and painted cabs are on my list! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to see pictures

  6. I tried the low VOC paint HARMONY from SW in a bedroom, and did not like it. To me it was very watery, and I had to use 3 yes 3 coats. And that was over white. I love the fact that it was very low odor, but not at all happy with the product itself. Next time I will use a regular paint, not low voc.Good luck with your project.

  7. I can only imagine how excited you are! Keep tabs on your painter….oh the tricks you’ll pick up!!! Looking forward to seeing the NEW kitchen!

  8. Let me know how it looks. I am wanting to paint my builder grade wood cabinents but am too scared to pick a “white” because there are too many choices. Let me know if you are happy with that white! Fun!

  9. Just had our cabinets painted last week! It has dramatically changed the look of our kitchen! We still have LOTS of work to do in there…but I am thrilled with the results!


  10. I have done it a couple of times – and woo hee what a chore!! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!! xo

  11. Oh, I can’t wait to see. A fresk coat of paint works wonders!!

  12. Its gonna be fabulous once all the mess is gone! I did ours about six years ago, tons of work. I’m excited to hear how you like the new light fixture and to see it it action. Please let me know if it gives you enough light. We would need two semi flush for our kitchen and we have no can lights except for over the sink.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Has anyone used milk paint? There is a local store in my town that carries it, but I wasn’t sure about coverage.

  14. Lovin’ your new picture. It’s great to see you on your site.

  15. Holly,
    I’m dying to see your lighting!!!

  16. I love this! And your pictures are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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