If you’re a regular around here, you already know that I have a thing for bluish-green colors. Teal, turquoise, aqua, whatever you want to call it, I love it. So this weekend we took the plunge and painted all of our laminate base cabinets teal. And I am in love.
Seriously, when I am in my kitchen I just want to put my arms out to the side and swing around in happy circles.
How we did it:
The laminate on our cabinets was peeling, so we were forced to just rip it off in some places, bringing the cabinets right down to the MDF underneath. This step isn’t recommended and probably won’t be necessary for you. Apparently, I just have extra destructive children.
We let our kids help peel it off since they’ve been working at it slowly for years anyway…
At this point, we were obviously pretty committed to the project and I was freaking out a little.
Next, we sanded. We sanded all of the remaining laminate surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper. (my husband wants me to tell you that he ought to have been wearing a dust mask in this photo and you should too!)
Then we primed with Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 primer. This stuff is great for bonding paint to hard-to-paint surfaces (like cabinets). We’ve used it on several projects and are always happy with it.
We did two coats of primer, sanding lightly after each coat with 220-grit sandpaper.
Finally, it was time to paint! We chose Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint in “Majestic Blue”. The paint was pricey, but it is a fabulous paint. It smooths well and gets great coverage and cures to what so far seems like a very durable finish. We are very pleased with this paint.
We did two coats of paint, sanding with 320-grit sandpaper after the first coat.
We also added new draw pulls and knobs that we bought for only 2 dollars each!
Oh my…why didn’t we do this YEARS ago?
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