Recently I painted black kitchen cabinets and wanted to share the process with you! When we purchased our home the kitchen was painted in this horrible neon yellow color. The yellow color did nothing but highlight our builder grade orange wood cabinets. Yikes! As soon as we signed the paper work I was in the kitchen priming those walls!
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You can see from this picture below that I tested out many different colors. I lived with these samples for a long time and then narrowed it down slowly. The final choices were either a Rosemary green color or classic black. While the Rosemary was stunning, I knew I would tire of it sooner than I would want to repaint my cabinets! Going with classic black was the perfect decision for me- sophisticated and timeless.
This picture below (realtor photo) shows how our kitchen is laid out. We have the kitchen part and then a little nook area that we use for our family work/computer station area. I painted the kitchen part first with a different product/process and let’s just say all of these cabinets are in the process of being repainted again. I’ll share that whole story and process soon but today I am focusing on the computer area transformation.
Once I decided on black kitchen cabinets these are the supplies I used:
Remove your drawer front and cabinet doors. Wearing gloves, use a solution of warm water and TSP to clean and degrease your cabinets. You do NOT want to skip this step! Kitchens have so much dirt and the grease will show up through your paint job if you do not clean properly! Make sure you do all of the surfaces that you will be painting and allow to dry thoroughly. Go over every surface again with just a warm water solution to remove any remaining debris.
Next you will want to sand. Start with a 120 grit and work down to a 220 grit. In order, I use 120, 160, 200, and then 220 grit. By varying grits you will get a very smooth surface and if using an orbital sander you will avoid getting circular sanding marks. I hand sand any detailed pieces and then use my orbital for all flat surfaces.
After all surfaces are sanded you will want to vacuum up the dust and make sure all debris is removed before priming!
To prime my black kitchen cabinets I used Country Chic Paint clear primer. This is a fairly new product and I absolutely love it! If you are going to be distressing, clear primer is great as it won’t show a colored primer underneath when distressed. I used my favorite foam brushes and applied a layer of primer to every surface. Allow to dry thoroughly!
Country Chic Paint carried my all time favorite black paint. Liquorice is a deep, sophisticated true black. After my primer was dry I sprayed on my Liquorice color onto all of the doors and drawers. For my cabinet bases I again used my foam brush and a microfiber roller combination. It took me 2 good layers for perfect coverage.
To seal the cabinets you will want to make sure you use a heavy traffic formula. These cabinets are used all day long and so I used several coats of polyurethane.
Do NOT skip this step! Adding proper protection will make sure you are able to clean the cabinets properly as well as make the finish long lasting.
Quite a big transformation, don’t you think? I am so glad I decided to go with Black kitchen cabinets! I’ll share more soon about the hardware update as well as my future plans for counters and backsplash!