Sister series, part 3

Creations, People / Tuesday, June 5th, 2012


…is incredibly good with what I call crossover crafting—using wood, paint, nails, wire, and such to create feminine masterpieces.

She is the one who taught me how to repaint our kitchen cabinets. I would never have had the courage or know-how to tackle this project. Renita became the competent sis who nudged and instructed me.

I was dreaming of distressed white cabinets, hating the drab and gummy wood ones that came with our house. I could not be happier with the result!

Here’s our original kitchen:

And here’s what happened after renovation:



Now, here’s how:

  1. Remove all doors, drawers, and hardware.
  2. Sand cabinet surfaces with 100-grit sandpaper till powdery to the touch.
  3. Apply a coat of white paint.
  4. After the paint is dry, use sandpaper again to distress the paint, sanding it down to bare wood in places. Give special attention to corners, edges, and the spot where the doorknob will be mounted. Do not be too careful! You don’t want a uniform look.
  5. If desired, ding the cabinets and doors with a couple of hard things. This was fun and added a neat touch. We used hammers, crowbars, nails, etc.
  6. Coat surfaces with a dark stain. Allow to sit for 20 minutes to absorb, then wipe off the stain with a cloth. All surfaces should have darkened, and the exposed wood should now be rich. I wanted my cabinets fairly white, so I wiped it off soon. The longer you leave it sit, the more of an ecru/taupe look you will get.
  7. Once dry, apply a clear coat of polyurethane. This will preserve your work and make your cabinets easy to clean. (Thanks, Josh and April, for doing this step for me!)
  8. Add knobs and hardware as desired. I love knobs, and found ours on sale for only $1 apiece. Reassemble cabinets. Voilà!

The nice thing about teaching your sis-in-law how to do something like this is that she will be unendingly grateful to you for the rest of her natural life.

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10 years ago

Wow. I almost forgot how your original cabinets looked. They didn’t seem that bad the first time I saw them, but now seeing the old beside the new…. Wow. I am devoted a-new to loving your “new shabby” cabinets. Someday……maybe……I’ll take a similar plunge but for now…cheers to my old, sticky, stinky cabinets.