This cabinet painting project in Edina was a ton of fun. Along with wood restoration, cabinet painting is one of the projects we’re most passionate about. When compared to replacement, painting cabinets is a very cost effective way update your home. A lot of kitchens we walk into are oak, maple, cherry etc. and while the natural wood provides a certain level of comfort, they can make a kitchen feel small and dark.
I think cabinet painting works well with my personality because I’m a process oriented person. There’s so many steps involved in painting cabinets it would blow your mind. I decided to write down our process so it would be easy for my crew to follow and I tallied 60 steps with roughly 40 different pieces of equipment necessary to provide a quality cabinet paint job.
Our client on this project decided to go with white dove for the main cabinets and then Nimbus Grey to accent the island. I really love the accented island and the Nimbus Grey was a great choice. The Nimbus Grey has a slight hint of blue to it which worked really well with the new granite counter tops. White Dove is a classic color used in a lot of new homes. I asked my Sherwin Williams representative what is the most common white and for many years they said White Dove is selected 90 percent of the time. The crazy thing, White Dove is a Benjamin Moore color and its getting requested 90 percent of the time through Sherwin Williams who doesnt sell Benjamin Moore products.
There wasn’t too many on this one, the project went really smooth. Despite covering the floors with a waterproof roofing underlayment, creating a dust barrier and laying a drop cloth to the front door we managed to step in paint and then step on the first step which was carpeted. Since the paint was a water based Alkyd we were able to use hot water with Dawn dish soap and it cleaned right up.
The kitchen cabinets were about 14 years old so with wear and tear we had a lot of bondo work to fill dents. Its hard to see all the dents on a stained wood but they show a lot better once you get the primer applied.