The painted kitchen cabinets get the most comments in my home. Everyone oh’s and ah’s when they see them and were easy and fun to do. Two years later, I still love them and so do others when they see them.
metallic painted kitchen cabinets
first cabinet doors were primed
Because I was not using one of the many paints that have a chalk base in them, the cabinets had to be primed. There are several companies out there that provide a great primer for this. Two from the top of my head are Faux Effects and Modern Masters. All the doors were removed along with the hardware. I find it easy and faster to not work around them! The white primer was placed on both sides of the doors and the cabinet framework. Allow this to dry for at least 24 hours to allow for proper curing.
1st layer of metallic paint was green
The first layer of a metallic green paint (I used a green that leaned to the gray hue) was placed on both the framework, drawer fronts and cabinet doors. I chose to do the back of the doors but was not too concerned about the process I used – meaning I wanted them darker since they will be closed most of the time. Using a large chip brush is the easiest way to “get” the paint on. Neatness isn’t part of this process! You just want to make sure you have good (opaque) coverage at this point.
add additional color layers on cabinets
The next step was to apply a “dry brush” to almost streak on some of a metallic bronze tone to the cabinet framework and back of the cabinet doors. The look was easily achieved using a 3″ chip brush. Believe me, the neatness approach is not what you want to do! You will loose the look and depth.
Again, “dry brush” or streak look metallic dark brown as applied using another 3″ chip brush. Again, neatness doesn’t work.
Once these layers were dry, a somewhat heavy streak/dry brush was applied with the green again. Care was not taken to be certain that too much was applied because it very easily is broken up by applying one of the previous colors to break up any areas if necessary. My choice was to keep these cabinets more into the green value but these colors could easily be applied to have any of the other colors dominant.
Because a metallic paint was used, it’s important to be certain you use a varnish that is made to be applied over metallics. My entire goal was to add some reflective quality to my kitchen and I didn’t want to loose that at this stage! I sent my husband to pick up a gallon for me and got quite a humorous comment from him. When he was told the price, he asked where the rest of the case was! But, seriously, like in most situations, products are made to work with each other for a reason and using proper vanish is worth it’s value. Two coats were applied for extra hardness because I am one that continuously wipes down my cabinets.
Hardware was applied and cabinet pulls were put on which also gave these cabinets a finished look. One word of caution – the bronze in these cabinets did limit the choice of hardware.
The length of time for all my doors, drawers and frame (42 in all and many of them quite tall) only took me 3 days from start to finish. That includes the 24 hour drying time for the primer, rehanging the doors and putting on the new handles.
You, too, can easily have your kitchen cabinets painted. It’s a fast, easy with not much physical labor and your kitchen is updated and looking refreshed.
I love the finished look and next my walls were textured and repainted. I’d love some feedback on what you think of the before and after results. These pictures show only a corner of my kitchen that have cabinets.
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BEFORE Kitchen Cabinets
AFTER painted kitchen cabinets