Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kitchen Facelift Part Deux

I apologize, but I sometimes don't check the comments on older posts. My bad. Anywho, I just happened to click on my kitchen facelift post and noticed that several of the comments asked the same question..."did you sand before you primed?"

I am here to finally answer that question and I sincerely hope you sweet peeps check back to get your answer. But first a reminder of the before:

and the after:

I'll be perfectly honest...I started out sanding down the cabinets before I primed them, but I stopped halfway through and just primed them without sanding.

I will say, that if the cabinets you are thinking about painting still have a heavy topcoat I would most definatly sand them a bit so your primer sticks. My philosophy is, if you are going to put the work into painting them, wouldn't you like to make sure you prep everything properly so it will last?

Now, I know I didn't follow my own advice, at least not for the last half of my cabinets, but in my defense I had just given birth to my fifth baby and I was running on fumes. If I could do it again, I would most definately sand before priming...even just a little sanding to roughen up the wood a bit. I don't think a super, heavy duty, sanding is necessary...just enought to give the primer something to cling to.

I hope that helps...oh, and if you care to know, I used a medium grit sanding block to do the trick. If you have a little mouse sander I would recommend that. It would cut your sanding time down immensely. I just recently purchased one for around $40. It might be a worthy investment as you'll save yourself money in the long run by not acquiring a sever case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Oh, and I opted for rolling the paint on as opposed to brushing. I feel it's a little quicker and if you invest in rollers made especially for doors and trim you will get a nice, even coverage. I know I mentioned it in my initial post, but I'll say it again. Use.good.paint. I love the paint from Sherwin Williams. It's expensive...$50 a gallon, but I finished my whole kitchen with just one gallon. I would also recommend Sherwin Williams brand Adhesion Primer too. That stuff is amazing.

The second question/comment was regarding the backsplash.
The hubby and I duked it out for a long time before we finally settled on something. The hubs tends to be a little more comtemporary and modern as far as design goes. I, however, am more traditional.
How did we come to an agreement, you may be asking? Well, we ended up using traditional this case travertine, but with a modern styling...subway tiles for under the cabinets and mosaic tiles (travertine and glass) for behind the cooktop and hood. It was a happy compromise and we are both very pleased with the result. I think we ended up spending around $500 total for the entire backsplash. Not too shabby.

I hope these pointers help...I can't wait to hear how it goes. I'd love to see your before and after pics.


  1. I actually just said a bad word out loud to myself when I saw the "after" picture. Seriously...that's amazing! You now have a new follower...amazing!

  2. I had to come over and take another look! This kitchen is really so beautiful. You also did such a wonderful job of explaining HOW you accomplished such a great renovation. ...and you did this after your 5th child? You should get a special award just for that! I know -- that children alone are their own reward, God's precious little ones. Well, they have a VERY talented mother!

  3. Awesome Transforming, You did such a nice job, i really like this, this is just perfect.


  4. Your kitchen looks AWESOME! Just painted our oak cabinets and waiting for some extra cash (Damn car that needed 5K this week to keep it running, I curse you.) before we do backsplash and granite. Good work!

  5. The after is stunning!! I really wish you had more pics and better lit ones so I could check out each detail!!


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