Winter Boredom means DIY projects. Transformation from Oak Cabinets to White cabinets!
While I knew that resurfacing the cabinets was going to be a BIG job... I was motivated to do it. And do it right. For the first 26 hours, that motivation was in full effect. The remaining 20 hours.... well, not so much. But I was determined to put my kitchen back together ASAP. So while the project took a total of well over 42 hours of physical labor and lots of fumes, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
A large area to lay the cabinets and paint them. Had I had more space to use for the job, I would have had it done much quicker. But I was limited in where I could put the cabinets to paint them, so had to do the job in chunks. Which meant prepping, painting, then waiting for them to dry before I could move on to the next cabinets. Where if I could have laid out alllll the cabinets at once, it would have been a huge time saver. I only had 2 saw horses and they take a lot of space. So I improvised. I used shelving boards and put three sets of 4 screws in - screwing them in just enough to hold the weight of the cabinet. This offered me the ability to paint the edges and have clearance for drying. I put masking tape over the screw heads when I was doing the final coats to make sure they didn't get scuffed up. I could fit three cabinet doors on each 'shelf board'.
One tip: I put the topcoat on the first couple of cabinets. And they turned YELLOW. Like, really yellow. I re-painted.. and yellow again. Then I went online and learned that if you paint oak cabinets white, ANY top coat you use will turn them yellow. If not immediately, shortly after... so there is no topcoat on the upper cabinets. Here is to hoping they last a LONG time!!!!!
Since I finished the project at 3:30am... I didn't realize JUST how ugly the countertops were until daylight came the next day. Guess that is the next project!! Oh, and that awful range hood..... #DIY