The size of the kitchen is 13′ x 20′. The island is 26″ x 62″
How-To Paint Kitchen Cabinets and How-to Install No-Miter Molding without fear.
I wanted them to look as professionally done as possible so I took a trip to Home Depot to investigate how I could add some detail to the cabinets themselves and found No-Miter molding. The sign said – professional results, eliminating the need for miter cuts. Specifically designed to highlight corners and turns, which was perfect as I wanted to highlight my center island.
The possibility of having decorative molding in my kitchen was becoming a reality. I had a simple table saw and this was something I knew I could handle by myself without the help of my husband or a contractor.
So I bought myself some decorative baseboard, decorative corners, bead board panels in two different styles, wide (Pickwick Pattern) and the narrow (traditional). I didn’t stop there – I had seen in many magazines, cabinets that had feet like a piece of furniture. I wanted that look. I can be quite resourceful when I really want something and found that pine shelf brackets sold in craft stores very inexpensively would work perfectly if I cut them to the correct height to fit under the cabinets at each corner to resemble feet.
I was thrilled with all my efforts. The photo below was taken recently, but I painted the cabinets 10 years ago and they still look good. I had to touch up the cabinets under the sink, as they get the most wear.
If you decide to do this the best advice I can give to you is – take your time and do it right. It took me 3 weeks. I worked a section at a time so we could still use the kitchen. I took the doors off and painted them on sawhorses set up in my basement. All the other work I did right in the kitchen. Get a really good 1” angled brush; it is worth it to buy the best one. I use Purdy brushes.
When you are finished you can really be proud and say: I did it myself!
This photo shows the original cabinet, the new side with molding and paint, and attached shelf bracket
Same cabinet After
I did not paint the inside of the cabinets, but I did paint both sides of the doors and a half inch strip inside – along the cabinet opening as you can see in this photo.
I bought all of my supplies at The Home Depot except for the shelf brackets which I got at AC Moore.
Gather:Ornamental Moldings Rope Acordonada Baseboard 3/8” x 4 Decorative Outside Corner Molding Decorative Inside Corner Molding Pine Planking Bead board Pine Shelf Brackets, one for each foot Glidden Gripping Primer Sherwin Williams Semi-gloss latex in Antique White Saw/Electric Saw/or a Table Saw Electric Sander and med grit sandpaper Tack cloth Screwdriver Small Foam paint roller with rounded end 1” angle brush Paint-able silicone caulk
How to Add No-Miter Molding
1. Cut bead board to height of section you want to cover. Starting at one end of each section – glue each tongue and groove piece on with Liquid Nails. The last piece you may have to cut width-wise in order to fit the space. Make sure as you place each section in that they are straight. You may need to add a finishing nail in some areas. I needed only a few.
2. Measure length of cabinet base for baseboard. Make sure to leave enough room for the corner pieces to fit. (Each corner piece has a notch cut into it so that it fits right at the corner. Cut baseboard to size and attach with liquid nails, then attach the corner pieces.
3. Apply a bead of caulk along all seams and junctions between bead board and the baseboard. This will make the pieces look like they are one. Lightly go over the caulk with a wet finger tip to smooth. Let dry.
Aisle in Home Depot
Moldings and Shelf Bracket
Bead board Planking
Bead board Planking, Primed
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
I used Glidden – Gripper primer and Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Semi-Gloss paint in Antique White. To make the painting process easier, do one section of cabinets at a time. Set up 2 x 4’s on saw horses to make a production line.
1. Remove doors and all hardware. Lightly sand doors and cabinet fronts. Clean off thoroughly with a tack cloth.
2. Apply a light coat of gripping primer with the small foam roller with round edges (lessens the look of roller lines), let dry, add one more coat, let dry. If you have recessed framed cabinets use a Purdy brand 1-1/2″ angled brush to paint the recessed sections. ( If you see any paint ridges – sand with fine grit sandpaper in bewtween coats and then clean off with a tack cloth.)
3. Apply two coats of latex paint. Let dry between each coat. If you need more coverage, paint another coat, but keep each coat light.
4. When dry – hang the doors back on.
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