The kitchen cabinets aren’t officially completed yet, but the bulk of the painting is done, so I thought I’d share some tips and advice that I’ve learned over the last couple of weeks. These things won’t so much cover the technical aspects of the painting…I’ll try to get some feedback from Brad later and go more into the sprayer and all that at some point. These are mostly things to know as you go into this or any level of kitchen remodel. Hopefully you can learn from some things I had to figure out the hard way!
1. Collect boxes a week early (or more)
I knew we needed boxes to load up all the dishes and things from the cupboards, but I failed to start looking for boxes until the day before we started painting. I managed to scrounge some up the Friday we started (I had daycare kids and started packing while they were here…as best as I could…so we could start that evening), but we still could have used several more. We wound up putting card tables up in the basement and stacking dishes on them with boxes of other dishes and/or food underneath. It worked but wasn’t ideal, and some sat out on the floor for the first few days, which means I’m going to have to wash a lot before they goes back into the cupboards. Boo!
2. Box & prep as much as possible before start date
This kind of goes back to getting the boxes early, but basically do as much as you can AHEAD of time. Painting always takes a fair amount of prep, and since we used a sprayer it was even more-so. We spent a day-and-a-half prepping and paint didn’t go on the cabinets until Sunday (day 3). So start boxing up what you don’t use, tape off areas where you can, gather paint supplies and think through what all needs to happen before you can start actually painting.
3. Stop cooking 1-2 days before
Embrace the fact that you won’t be cooking for a while, and stop a day or two early so that all the dishes are washed and out of the way (in boxes!) before you’re ready to start. We had a pile of dishes probably up until Friday night or Saturday morning, which meant one more thing to do before actual painting could begin. It’s frustrating. Don’t let it happen!
4. Have supplies bought and ready
5. Cover, cover, cover!!!
6. Don’t rush!
7. Rest up and eat well!
8. Be prepared for clean-up
9. Allow extra room in your budget
10. Clean house ahead
11. Allow enough time
It took us a 3-day weekend just for prep and painting…and that was with our daughter at Grandma & Grandpa’s (which I also highly recommend). The paint will need to cure (especially if you’re dealing with the humidity that we have been) and if you’re like us, you may have to touch up or even fully re-do some areas. The bulk of the work can be done in 3 days (especially if you do as much as you can before), but don’t expect your kitchen to be fully functional for at least a couple weeks.