Raise your hand if you when you walk into your kitchen, you have fantasies about the wrecking ball from Miley Cyrus’ video smashing it into a million pieces. Do you ever stare at the cupboards and wonder “Who willingly chose these at some point in time? Why were they popular?” Do you hate cooking in it?
Then this post is for you.
We moved into our new home last Halloween (which I will write a post about that along with a grand tour of all of the Before’s of the rooms) and I remember when we were just looking at the house to consider if we would make an offer on it, as soon as I walked into the kitchen I was like “Why? Why why why?!”
It looked like this.
Try and pry your eyes away from the gas range. 20 years old and burnt to a crisp.
You have to understand that we had just finished renovating our old kitchen. Which had the curved cabinets that I lived with for 5 years. You’re probably wondering why we moved if we just renovated a kitchen but that’s a whole other post to come.
That renovated kitchen looked like this.
I joke that I am cursed with kitchens that have the arched cabinet fronts. If there was a style that I would banish from the face of the planet, that would be it. I am not talking about the gorgeous cathedral gothic V shaped ones. The 80’s oak ‘why did this ever become a trend’ cabinet. I mean WHY?
If you have them and you love them, please understand this is just a personal style issue. We are fairly contemporary in our home decor. Very Scandinavian meets modern antique. I like old nice looking pieces within a new environment. So this new home kitchen was like the anti thesis of any kitchen I would want. It was worse than our old one and I didn’t think that was possible.
And we bought the house anyway…with the intention of doing a full renovation this year.
Then real life got in the way. As in after we redid the roof, the garage doors, painted 90% of the home and replaced 90% of the windows, we were left with exactly zero dollars and zero cents to do any kitchen renovation. So this new house kitchen, is the kitchen that we are stuck with for at least the next 4-5 years. Something had to be done.
In which case, I reached out to my blogger friends and was like that’s it, I need to paint the entire kitchen. And blogger after blogger all said “You need to do this with Fusion Mineral Paint.” And I’ll be honest I had never heard of Fusion Mineral Paint. I was all is this chalk paint? How much sanding do I have to torture myself with? and so on. Well Fusion Mineral Paint isn’t a chalk paint at all. In fact, go and check out Lost and Found Decor’s post about the differences between Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint and all the other user friendly differences.
What if I told you I painted this entire kitchen with almost no sanding. The only part I sanded were the front painted cabinets that the previous owners had tried to paint on the kitchen island. I didn’t even sand the rest of the island. Sold right? Oh and you don’t need a top coat. No really, no top coat. Unless you want to make them shiny and glossy and they have products for that as well.
I was put in touch with the wonderful Jennylyn at Fusion Mineral and we chatted about what could work best for my kitchen. So she sent me some samples to try out different colours with and to see what I thought of the paint.
I loved it upon first use. You see, I am a big white paint aficionado meaning I’ve painted enough spaces and items with white paint to know when a white paint has good coverage and levels out and isn’t drippy. I was smitten with Casement which is the white on the bottom left corner.
So we sent the kids to my parents house during the summer and it was Project Kitchen Makeover week.
And this is how it went.
First I started with Krud Kutter. I wiped down all the cabinets with this to clean off years of disgusting grease and grime. I first read about this product on www.paintstucco.com where they reviewed it nicely. This product is a MUST. This is partly the reason you do not need to sand anything. Sanding vs wiping. Which would you prefer? Clean your surfaces that you want to paint. Do not skip this step.
Then the cabinets came off. Ugh.
I laid them all out in our future dining room and put little blocks under all 4 corners of each cabinet to raise them a bit, so that when I painted the edges, the paint would reach the entire side of the cabinet and they wouldn’t get dried to the tarp under them. You can buy little yellow cones/triangles from home improvement stores that do the same thing but seriously, just go grab your kids Lego or some arts and craft supplies.
Really I used these. Dollar store. I also did not take off the hinges because of the way they are on my cabinets, you can’t see them.
For all the laminate parts and already painted parts of the kitchen, I used Fusion Mineral’s Ultra Grip for my base. It basically is like a when in doubt and you don’t know if your paint will stick type of primer, you put this on first. For all those hard to paint surfaces. You put on one thin coat, let it dry for 12 hours as per the instructions and then apply your paint.
It’s that easy.
Then it was full on paint, paint and paint.
In terms of brushes, may I highly suggest using a fluffy roller like the one on the left and NOT a foam roller. I personally found that the paint adhered far better using the fluffy one. I started off the foam roller but then switched half way to the fluffy one and the application was way easier.
This right here, is the only part I sanded. It was prepainted and in terrible shape so just to be safe I got out the gritty sandpaper and went to town.
Are you ready for the Almost After? I say almost because we are not done yet. We still have to do the following:
- Change the counter top to butcher block as it’s rotting and falling apart
- Get a new sink and faucet as the faucet is rotting and sinking into the counter top
- Needs a new ceiling light – that was a temporary fix to get rid of the track lighting that was there. Ugh. Track lighting marks on the ceiling.
- A back splash behind the gas range / counter top area.
- Do not pay attention to the fridge. It’s not there – or at least I would like it to be not there, dents and all. Understood?
- We did get a new gas range and range hood so yay! Progress.
THE ALMOST AFTER
I wound up using 3 coats of paint on each cabinet, which was approx 3 and a half containers of Fusion Mineral paint. The cabinets themselves took me about 3 days to finish. The island took another day. Then we painted the rest of the kitchen white using a standard wall paint. Disclaimer – I did not paint the insides of the cabinets. So if you want to do that, add another couple of days work to your agenda.
I stare at it and I seriously cannot believe the difference.
And because I really like to see paint up close as photos online can be deceiving, here are some really tight shots of how the paint looks on the cabinets.
My husband, who is not easily impressed by anything, hung the cabinets back up and he couldn’t stop raving about the paint and how clean and crisp the lines were. There was no paint build up anywhere. No drips. You can see all the details and it looked better than some of our spray paint jobs of the past. He called it a “respectable looking kitchen” as in, we no longer have to be embarrassed about people coming over and seeing it.
Eventually once the counter tops are changed along with the other cosmetic items, the butcher block will help to warm up the space a create a cozier environment. I usually have more stuff on the counters but I wanted this post to be about the paint to show the impact it made.
So the answer to the question “Should I paint my old kitchen cabinets to update them?” is always ALWAYS yes.
I can’t gush about Fusion Mineral Paint enough. I loved using it so much that there’s a good chance our fireplace mantel is going to be repainted using it. Now it’s just a back and forth on whether or not to use black or white.
I really want to thank Fusion Mineral Paint for working with us on this project. If you have any questions about the paint or the process, feel free to ask then in Comments or email me and I’ll happily help where I can.
PS – the hardest part of the kitchen painting was not painting the cabinets. You know all those little pesky lines at the side of the inside cabinets under the exterior cabinet fronts. Those had to be painted too. Yes that is a Hans Solo mug. And even he agrees, painting those, is not fun. I know.