Kitchen makeover

A couple of months ago we moved into a lovely old Victorian house. The tall ceilings and the exposed wooden floor make it really homey.

Though, the process of buying a house in the UK is tiresome and very stressful (it took us 40 very long weeks to get the keys!). I was a complete wreck when we finally moved and was obviously even more tired for the actual removal.

I needed a very long therapy after all these stressful months, so I decided to paint the kitchen cupboards (if that makes sense).

It took me a long while before I could decide the colors and the kind of paint. I have been flattered by all the chalk paint wave, but the thought of waxing and the costs involved were arguments too strong. Then I bumped into RustOleum furniture satin finish! This paint is amazing. Like the chalk paint, no need to sand, actually hardly any prep at all (just a good clean). But differently than the chalk paint, no waxing involved. I did add a protective layer around the kitchen hob, but otherwise left it bare.

The paint is very easy to apply with a mini roller and for tiny inaccessible ppaces I used an Ikea paintbrush (from the kids sections.

Also I painted the cupboards without removing them, which made the process even easier and quicker.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Cleansing products
  • Masking tape
  • Rust-Oleum furniture paint satin finish (they also do Gloss finish)
  • Mini roll and tray
  • Small paintbrush
  • Newspapers to protect the floor.

DIRECTIONS

  • Clean all the surfaces 
  • Whenever possible, remove the hardware. In my case it was just handles (I could not remove the ones from the dishwasher or fridge, so I carefully painted around them).
  • Apply the masking tape wherever needed. I decided to paint only the external side of the cupboards, so I taped all the internal perimeters.
  • If you have cuobiard doors with different layers, complete one layer at a time. Use the small paintbrush to reach the edge between layers and complete the big areas with the small roller.
  • Do at least two coats (for the white paint I did 3 coats).
  • Enjoy the results!

I am not a skilful painter, but this paintis very forgiving. The brush/roller strokes blend and the result is a very smooth surface.