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Why the only obstacle standing between you and your dream kitchen is Y.O.U.

As with most of my projects over the years, my husband asks me 3 questions before I endeavor on new adventures in the world of DIY:

  1. How much is this going to cost?
  2. How much assistance is required on his end? (this question takes the #1 spot during football season)
  3. How much will it cost to fix it if the project doesn’t go as planned? This one hasn’t happened yet (knock on wood) but just in case it’s always good to know how pricy a project may become if a professional must be called in for any repairs or assistance.

I’ll start by saying I in no way consider myself an absolute professional by any measure when it comes to painting cabinetry. However, I’ve taken on the task on several different occasions and I’m here to tell y’all that it’s not that hard, it’s not cost prohibitive, and it’s not as time consuming as you may think. I’m also here to tell you that if you’re anything like me you spend a lot of time in the kitchen (cleaning that is…my husband is the chef in our household). I hate looking at, standing in, and cleaning a drab kitchen! Painting your cabinets – whether in your kitchen, den, or bath areas – is the simplest way to change the entire mood of the room and give your space a fresh new look.

  1. Know your products.

For my kitchen island makeover, I chose Dixie Belle mineral paint. I also always use a Purdy brush, a mini roller, painters’ tape, a 150 fine grit sanding pad, and a Dixie Belle finishing pad.

  • Take your time.

You’ll thank yourself in the end. Tape well, remove the knobs, and or anything you’re storing in your cabinets.

  • Clean up as you go along.

I am always methodical about cleaning up and doing my touch up paint before I move on. When I’m finished with a project, I’m finished. The last thing I want to do is to go back and try and remember where I need to do a little extra something.

*As a side note but also a very important detail. I did wipe my cabinets down prior to beginning to paint with Windex multi-surface and a microfiber cloth but I did not sand any prior to painting.

  • Use a wet brush when using chalk/mineral paints AND be sure to stir/shake the paint container very well.

I can’t stress this enough, painting cabinets or furniture in general isn’t hard. How meticulous you are during each step of the process will determine the look and end result of your project piece.

  •  Use fine grit sanding paper to lightly sand between coats.

Be sure you let each coat dry completely before sanding or applying any type of finishing product.

  • Seal your product.

Some will tell you otherwise but, in my experience, whether it be my kitchen cabinets or a refinished side table, I always put a finishing protective coat on. This will protect furniture from spills, water marks, and makes pieces easier to clean as well.

Dixie Belle offers a wide variety of finishing products. For my kitchen cabinets I chose to finish them in Dixie Belle Satin clear coat.

The end result. I chose the color Stormy Seas and at this particular time of day it looks lighter than in person but overall the finished result was just what I had in mind for updating the look of our kitchen.

Be sure to stop by Ada’s Treasures at Consign & Design Interiors for all of your Dixie Belle and paint project needs. Mr. David and Mrs. Paula are true experts and have helped guide numerous customers through the years with their refinishing project(s). Come by or call today to set up a time to meet or chat with the staff at C & DI-we’re happy to help answer any and all of your project questions.