As we’ve shared, we’ve decided to paint the lower kitchen cabinets a medium grey. Pewter Tankard by Sherwin Williams because it is warm without being beige.
Originally, we thought we’d paint all the cabinets white, just to keep everything light and airy. Then, we examined the oak cabinets and realized how much grime was actually on the doors. Partially due to the lack of pulls, but probably more because of two small boys. So, we decided to paint the lower cabinets grey to disguise the dirt. We’re also adding sleek drawer pulls.
After installing the face framing, filling the nail holes and joints and sanding smooth I gave everything a coat of primer.
Don’t worry if your primer doesn’t have 100% opaque coverage. The point is to cover bare material for best paint adhesion and stain blocking.
Then, I finally started painting the cabinets. For a super durable painted finish, we decided to use Acry-Shield paint by Columbia Paints in an eggshell finish.
Ben used this on exterior doors at the apartment and it has held up wonderfully. Something super durable also costs more than normal latex paint, and this stuff ain’t cheap at $52.39 per gallon. We decided to off set the cost by painting a coat of the cheaper Glidden before the Acry-Shield. That, and we still have two gallons of Glidden paint left over from the drawers.
We considered spraying the cabinets before installing, but decided against it because we wanted to add the face framing after for the smoothest finish possible. And we should be able to touch up the rolled finish down the road without it being obvious.
For the record, I love the way the gray cabinets and red toned wood counters look together. Haa-taa.
Even though we opted for a rolled finish, we still wanted it to look as professional as possible. To get the smoothest finish, I worked in small sections using a good quality paint brush (we prefer Purdy) to get along the edge of the counter tops and the box detailing. Right after using the brush, I follow up with a foam roller barely covered in paint. Glidden paint goes on nicely and has a reasonably long working window.
After painting a coat of cheaper paint as a ‘tinted primer’ I started with the good stuff. Actually, I tried, but it had a layer of gunk at the bottom that I couldn’t get to mix in.
I took a trip to the paint store and they replaced my old gallon of paint with a new, clump free can. Back at home, I painted a thin and even coat of Acry-Shield. It was a slight learning curve. The paint is slightly thicker and dries a littler faster. To counter this, I worked in smaller sections and made sure to go over the brushed areas well with the roller.
The color matched the Glidden paint perfectly, too.
Here’s what our kitchen currently looks like:
Sorry for the off colored photos. It gets dark far too early for my liking these days.
You can see our stash of tile and sconces.
I’m glad to be done with that part of painting, but there’s still tons more in my future. Gotta paint all the drawer and door fronts once they’ve been built (20 drawers and 8 cabinet doors). And I’ll have to paint the giant refrigerator case.