Amazing friends, today I’m sharing how we conquered my sister’s pine kitchen cabinets! I have been trying to get her to paint these cabinets for several years now. She always wanted to, but the task just always seemed so daunting. I shared a sneak peek of her kitchen back when we started on it before the holidays. There are too many photos to share to fit everything in one post, so today I’m sharing all the before photos and the steps we took to paint her pine cabinets and prevent those knots from bleeding through. Then I will be back on Thursday to share the final reveal.
Here is how this kitchen started!
These pine cabinets were built on site when the house was built and I’m sure they were lovely at the time. I’ve included affiliate links so you can find the products we used.
My sister talked about refacing these cabinets for years, but I honest to goodness do love the inset bead board panels on these doors, and I knew they would paint up nicely.
She wasn’t a fan of the curvy piece above the sink, so we took care of that as well.
She and her husband added the island themselves after they moved in eight years ago. They bought it at Havertys Furniture store.
They treat their fridge like a bulletin board which drives me crazy, but sister’s mantra is, “Hey! We live in our house!” So there ya go.
And here is their eat-in area and kitchen table and chairs before:
My sister isn’t fussy about style and always prioritizes functionality. I tried to convince her that her furniture can be beautiful AND functional! I’ll be back to share what we did to her kitchen table and chairs for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday next week and you’ll see who won that battle.
Here is Everything you’ll Need to Paint your Pine Kitchen Cabinets:
- Drill to remove hardware
- Cleaner/Deglosser such as this one.
- Brown Craft Paper
- Painter’s Tape (I like FrogTape…my sister had Scotch Blue tape which worked well also.)
- Elmer’s Color Change Wood Filler/small putty knife
- Rotary sander/ 220 grit sandpaper
- Dust mask/Respirator
- Shop vac
- Clean lint-free cloths or tack cloths
- Four-inch foam roller for cabinets and doors/roller tray
- paint brushes
- Nitrile gloves to protect your hands from primer
- B-I-N Shellac-Based Primer
- Latex Enamel Paint of your choice. We used Behr Ultra Pure White in a Satin finish with the Primer built it. (This primer is more for coverage than adhesion.)
Ok let’s get to the how-to!
Label Cabinet Doors and Remove
The first thing we did to start prepping my sister’s pine kitchen for paint was remove the door hardware using a drill. We collected all the knobs in a brown lunch bag since she was out of ziplocs. Then we removed the doors, labeling each one as we removed them so we would know where they went we were done. We removed all the hinges and stored them in a separate bag.
Then we moved all the doors out to tables we set up in the garage. We moved the labels to the tables where each door was placed.
Clean all the Surfaces to be Painted
This is one of the most important steps to a successful outcome. We used Sunnyside Gloss Remover that my sister found at Taylors Do-it Center to clean years of grease and crud off. It is a cleaner as well as a deglosser. This one is great too…as long as it says it is also a deglosser.
Fill in the Knots in the Pine
If you have pine cabinets, you will notice if you look closely, that there are holes and imperfections where the knots are that will be seen after painting. Those areas need to be filled with wood filler. To do that, we used Elmer’s Color Change Wood Filler and a small putty knife.
We did all the cabinet boxes, drawer fronts, and cabinet doors. The secret to getting good results with wood filler is to add a little more than you need and then let it dry long enough. Don’t be in a hurry. We let ours dry overnight.
Sand the Wood-Filled Areas and all Surfaces to be Painted
Before sanding, we laid out brown craft paper on all the kitchen counters to collect the dust for easier clean-up. Then I put on my dust mask and got to work using my rotary sander and 220 grit sandpaper to sand all the surfaces that were to be painted, including the areas that had been filled. I paid special attention to the areas where the handles would be.
I know using a deglosser claims to be a substitute for sanding, but we sanded anyway. We wanted this paint finish to last! Then we used a shop vac to remove all the dust from sanding, and wiped all surfaces with a clean cloth.
Prime Surfaces to be Painted
It was finally time to prime, but first, we taped off anything we didn’t want to get paint on like the hood vent, fridge, etc. using painter’s tape. When everything was prepped, clean, and dust-free, we started priming the surfaces. To cover those knotholes and prevent future bleed-through, you need to use a Shellac-Based primer. I asked my sister to send me a picture of the can so I could include it in the post and this is what I got:
Haha! That would be B-I-N Shellac-Based Primer. This stuff is stinky! When working inside, open every window you can if possible! (Where gloves as well since this is not water based and will be more difficult to wash off.)
You can also see in that photo above that the doors are elevated off the table. We put push-pins in each corner of the backsides once they were barely dry, so we could flip them over and start on the fronts, while allowing the backsides to dry completely as well.
We gave everything one coat and let it dry overnight.
While we weren’t using the brushes, we wrapped them in saran wrap.
The next day, we gave everything a second coat of primer and let it dry for a full day. Instead of messing with trying to clean shellac out of our paint brushes, we just tossed them.
Time to Start Painting!
Wow I looked super excited to be painting!
We let it dry overnight and followed up with a second coat of paint the next day. Everything was looking amazing, especially those bead board-paneled cabinet doors!
There were a few areas that we hit with one more coat of paint just to be safe. We removed any tape immediately after the final coat went on.
When using Latex Enamel, there is no need to seal, so at this point, all the painting was done and we could now start reassembling the kitchen.
But before we got started on that, I installed a new kitchen backsplash while my sister painted the yellow walls. The yellow came with the house.
Can you spy the backsplash? Does it look familiar?? Is this whole kitchen looking familiar? And also…who doesn’t work harder when you’re being paid in Chick-fil-a sandwiches and sweet tea?
We still had to address the kitchen island:
Years of use had taken its toll on the wood on top and it no longer matched the kitchen now that it was painted:
You’ll see in the final reveal how we updated this piece too!
I will also talk about why I chose NOT to use chalk paint for kitchen cabinets.
UPDATE!! See the ALL the after photos HERE now!!
Can I tell you why I loved doing this project with my sister? Because she was with me EVERY step of the way! She didn’t expect me to come do all the work for her. She worked right alongside me taking orders like a champ. She stayed up late doing “homework” I gave her to finish at night after I had left for the day. She was not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get right in there with me! And ya’ll know she pays me back two-fold by helping me as well! Remember when she helped me tackle our new front landscaping?
She is the best! I can’t wait for ya’ll to see the finished space!! I’ll share that on Thursday, and then I’ll be back next week to share how we tackled her kitchen table and chairs! I might love those even more than the kitchen!!
One last thing that I found when I was editing these photos are these pictures of Lyla:
Isn’t she so cute?? She had just been spayed, bless her heart, and her vet said we could put her collar on this way since she was so small and it would still work. It looked to me like she was wearing a cape.
How about this one:
This one makes me laugh every time I look at it. Her face says, “You better not be taking pictures of me looking ridiculous to share with your friends!” Ha ha…nobody tell her I shared this one, okay?
See ya Thursday!
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