you have to super clean the cabinets. Any bit of grease makes it iffy for the paint to stick.
The cabinets I painted had not seen a regular deep clean in about a decade, there was all kinds of crud on the doors and handles (gross, really)
I used an acrylic paint, which held up surprisingly well. I think the brand name was 'Red Devil' I bought at a closeout store. The cabinets reminded me a little of 1960s style so I went a little crazy with the colors: tan for the frame, navy blue for the drawers and doors, teal green for the knobs.
Pre-digital age, I have no idea where the pictures are (and that's the story I am sticking with! )
Had mine done by a professional painter as I have no patience to paint. He did use a primer and then 2 coats of acrylic paint if I remember. Had him do a 2 tone with the basic color being almond to go with the appliances and then a med brown to go with new counters.
I liked it and even done professionally, I didn't think it was that expensive. I figured if I did like it, I probably saved over $40-60K for a new kitchen and if I didn't like it and decided to do all new cabinets I didn't have that much invested in the project at that point.
Can't help you with pics as I don't have a digital camera, only a 35 mm and I never took pics of the old kitchen or the new.
Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!
Yep- my house was disgusting when we bought it. DISGUSTING. LOL. There was a snake skin under the refrigerator! I threw my arms up and stalked out yelling NO DEAL!!!! We scrubbed the kitchen ,got it livable but I hated it. One Saturday I just up and decided I was painting it.
This is it when we started cleaning before we moved in: http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...tchennasty.jpg
Kitchen seriously only took about a quart of paint, less than that of stain, a rag, a screwdriver and some chicken wire.
Breakfast area took some joint compound mixed into paint for the textured walls and some paint to whitewash the paneling...
I painted them white in a condo I used to own (took doors down, cleaned everything, primer and two coats of paint.) It really brightened up the kitchen. I always wondered if it held up and just saw it advertised as a rental and they still look great over a decade later (and they still have my wine rack hanging on the end of the cabinets.) It was a lot of work and I swore I would never do it again- but it made a huge difference. And being a decade removed- I might do it again knowing it has held up so well!
Ran into an old neighbor who said he's been in there and both the cabinets and the ceramic tile counters still look good in person too.
We did this about ten years ago. The cabinets were dark wood with ugly, ugly hardware. We had a professional pain them for us. My husband insisted on latex paint. It looked good for awhile, but if I were doing it again, I would use oil-based paint. The latex just didn't hold up well. It really needs to be done again.
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with Alfonso Spagoni, the toreador. NOT in a ticky tacky box!
There are loads of tutorials online, looks simply but time consuming.
Take doors off, remove hardware, wipe with TSP (can get this at a hadware store), lightly sand, paint w/ stainblocking primer, pai.t with colour of choice. You can finish with polycrylic or not as you choose.
We are in the process of doing ours- but we removed the doors completely and are filling in the holes and have them just open. (The top ones anyway)
We are using Palladian blue for the insides and white for the trim. We have one part done, where the stove and microwave go and we really like it. My dad is re-building all the drawers and doors for the bottom cabinets because they are pretty ugly 60's style and the drawers are all worn out. He's proud of himself- he's using the self-closing drawer hardware like the ones you see in IKEA kitchens!
A friend had professionals paint her cabinets, and spray finish the doors, and drawer fronts. It looked good, but I think she could have done it faster herself. I think the door painting secret is to use two thin coats, because if you use a heavy coat it takes longer to dry, and just looks gunky. Use a good quality brush if you don't use a paint sprayer. For hardware, decide what you want, and look in every drawer in the hardware store. I found contractor packs to replace the scratched kitchen knobs (on a brand new house), and they were much cheaper, and because they came in plastic containers, were in better shape than virtually identical knobs in the same department. Someone on here did a dark, chocolate brown, and it looked wonderful. If you get granite or quartz countertops, go to the countertop company as it's a lot cheaper.
This is what we used for our kitchen as well. It took a lot more time than we had expected, mostly because my DH is super anal retentive and wanted to do a perfect job. It turned out really well, I love our cabinets now.