Over a year ago I took the plunge and painted my entire kitchen, including cabinets, backsplash tiles and walls. (And I didn’t take the doors off!) You can see the how-to post here.
Here are a couple before and after pictures:
So how have they held up? I’d say pretty darn well! I’m a happy DIYer when it comes to this project. We have some wear and tear on the two most-used drawers and about six random, small chips.
But honestly, I’m surprised their aren’t more dings with two boys slamming their toys into them every day and a husband that does everything in a fast forward, caveman-like fashion.
I find that the polycrylic finish provided quite a bit of protection and allows for easy wiping up — even old, dried up food splatters. There has been zero yellowing, and we get a lot of compliments on how much lighter our space is now. Ok, no compliments from our contractor friend who installs high-end cabinets for a living. He sort of examined them and didn’t say much. Haha! But when I consider that I did this project for $200 and we have minimal wear, I’m a very happy girl.
The paint above the stove even withstood the rising steam of daily cooking.
The tile remains exactly the same as the day I painted it! Not one chip or scratch and splatters and oil wipe right off. I couldn’t be more pleased with the function of the oil paint here.
I decided to touch up the dings and wear around a couple handles this week. Here’s what I did with what I already had leftover from my project a year ago:
- Remove hardware.
- Wipe down area you will paint. I would suggest not sanding unless the spot is really bad. I tried it and it made the polycrylic peel past the point I was planning on repairing.
- Mark chips with Post-Its before you paint so you will know where to apply the clear polycrylic when it’s time.
- Paint over worn area with Cabinet Coat and an artist’s brush. Oh, and don’t forget to shake the can well beforehand! Let dry and see if you need another coat.
- Apply 3+ thin, even coats of water-based polycrylic finish with sponge brush, allowing to dry after each application.
- Put hardware back on.
The silverware drawer was our only real trouble spot, but now it’s all fixed up again. I put extra, extra coats of polycrylic on this time!
What do you think? Would you ever take on this project?