We recently moved and bought a home that we wanted to make our own. We call it our fixer upper, but it really wasn’t nearly as bad as the homes you see on TV. It just needed some “love” we say.
We had lots of projects to accomplish at the start of the summer, but one of our big projects was to paint our cabinets. This is such an exciting change and can seem like a really daunting task, so I enlisted the help of my friends at RE. Marlo is so super talented and agreed to help us out. I was fascinated at the process because it honestly made me feel like I could totally do it again if I had to.
I can’t wait to share with you some of the things I learned and the outcome!
To start….here are a few before pictures and tips on the importance of prep work.
It’s important to take the time to do the prep work before you just start slapping paint on those cabinets. If you’re like me, this can be hard to resist, but I promise it’s worth it!
To start prepping Marlo did a couple of things that made me go…ahh! I wouldn’t have thought of that!
1. Protect Your Floors
You will splatter. So you will want to use painters tape to tape right up against the cabinets on the floor. You can also get a small roll of painters paper and tape this down as well to protect your floors from paint splatter. It’s also probably a good idea to clear your counter tops and put the paper over the counter tops while you are at it.
2. Keep it Organized
Number your cabinet doors so you remember and can easily figure out where to put them back up after you have taken them down to paint them. You will probably also want to put all of the hardware and screws in a baggie and store them in a safe place.
3. Know Your Color
One thing I didn’t do, but probably would do if I had to do it over again was to take a couple samples home and put them on the side of my cabinets to make sure I knew exactly the look I wanted in my own kitchen. I had a mini freak out moment one afternoon after Marlo got our first coat on because the paint didn’t look like I “thought” it would because I didn’t do enough homework when it came to selecting a color for the cabinets. If you know you want to paint them anyway, it wont hurt to put a little on the side just to see what you think.
Next time I will share a few of the quick tips I learned from her process and my after photos. I’ll also share with you just how YOU can learn how to get this same look.
Until then check out the Kitchen Cabinet 101 class taught by Marlo herself!