Another week has flown by and this week was all about the cabinets for me in the $100 room makeover challenge. With the walls finished and the room already looking brighter, it was time to lighten up the dark, chocolate brown cabinetry.
Prepping the Cabinets
I have to be honest and say that I am not typically a big taper or door remover. I have a very steady hand so I usually save time and just jump right into a project. With these cabinets though, I really wanted to make sure that I was getting super clean lines and not getting anything onto the freshly painted walls soooo… I taped, taped, and taped some more. I also went ahead and removed the doors so that I wouldn’t miss any of the frames.
Cleaning and Sanding
Next to taping, making sure to do the proper prep work is the most important part of this process. To make sure the surfaces were ready for the paint, I cleaned the frames and doors with a tsp alternative and then wiped them down with a wet cloth.
Once they were given a good cleaning, I used very gritty sandpaper and roughed them all up. This step was really about giving a little grit to the surface since laminate is so smooth and slippery.
Milk Paint and Laminate
To paint my cabinets I used Milk Paint by Fusion. I love love, love Milk Paint. It has been around for centuries, is very inexpensive, never goes bad since it comes in powder form, and creates an authentically old look. If you have never used Milk Paint, you can read about it here.
While I typically use Milk Paint on furniture, I wanted to give it a go on laminate. The trick to using it on a slick surface like this is to add a Bonding Agent. The Bonding Agent (or Ultra Grip) is like super glue for paint. I added a very generous portion (almost one to one with the paint) into my first coat of paint and then once I got the mix onto the surfaces, I let it sit for 24 hours to give it time to adhere.
I should add that the colour I used for the base of the cabinets is called Oyster Bar. It is a beautiful, soft beige that doesn’t have any pink hues in it.
I did end up applying a third coat of paint. The third coat of paint was straight paint, no bonding agent, and was needed because the cabinets had been so dark. You will always need more coats of paint (no matter which brand or type) when you are going from a dark colour to a light one.
With the Oyster Bar coloured paint done, I could have left it as is but I wanted to add a little depth and character. I used a pure white colour called Hotel Robe and mixed it 1 part mix to 2 parts water. This created a thinner, waterier paint that was perfect for a whitewash.
The trick to applying a whitewash is to use a Chip brush. An inexpensive Chip brush has very loose natural bristles that are not tight together. When used for painting they will give the paint a loose, woodgrain effect.
You also want to work in small areas at a time. Apply the paint and then use a wet cloth to immediately wipe it down and soften the look.
Sealing the Milk Paint
To finish off the cabinets, the paint needed to be sealed. Milk Paint has no latex or acrylic in it so to protect it, you need to add a sealant. For the cabinets, I used wax to seal the paint. The wax will cure to a hard finish that will protect them from water and marks/chips and it is easy to apply.
I am absolutely thrilled with how beautifully the Milk Paint worked on the cabinets so far! Lightening up the cabinets has done wonders to the windowless room and I can’t wait to finish it!
My list for the final week…
Finish painting the counter and seal it
Hang the old cabinet that was in my grandparent’s house
Paint the new art for the wall
Decorate the space
Be sure to stop back next week for the final reveal of the room. I am on track to keep the budget under $100 and will give you a breakdown of exactly what the money went towards then.
Also, don’t forget to hop over to visit my lovely blogger friends below and see the amazing rooms they are working on as well!
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