Last week I revealed how I made over my laundry closet. I used maps on the walls and told you I would share how I painted the cabinets this week. I have used a lot of different paints over the years and am always game to try something different. To paint the cabinets that is what I did, used something different. After reading a Beyond Paint review online I wanted to try the paint out for myself.
I ordered two colors to try. Bright White and Licorice.
I used Bright White on the cabinets in my laundry closet.
To prepare the cabinets for painting took longer to do then the actual painting did. :-) I first had to remove the old hardware pulls and fill in one hole leftover from the pulls on each door with wood filler since I was going to add glass knobs after I painted. In the photo you can see glass knobs. Once that dried, I sanded the filler smooth, cleaned the cabinets with a vinegar and water mixture to degrease and then let them dry. Since I was being a teeny bit lazy, I painted the cabinets in place. I didn’t remove them like I did when I painted my kitchen cabinets.
If you haven’t heard about Beyond Paint, in a nutshell it is an all-in-one style paint that combines primer, finisher, and sealer together in one product. It doesn’t require any sanding, stripping or priming. It also does not fade, so it is a good choice for exterior projects. You can buy it in a kit, which makes it even easier to use. The only thing you need to do before painting is to make sure the surface is clean of dust, dirt and grease. The manufacturer recommends Simple Green cleaner or vinegar and water to do this. And specifically says not to use TSP to clean the surface.
The paint covers well and can be used indoors and out and will stick to virtually any surface. Plus, the paint is non-toxic, has no odor and low VOC’s.
I used a little more than half of a quart of paint to paint both sides of the cabinets. Since I was using white over the dark cabinets, I needed 3 coats. If using a dark color, you would probably need only 2 coats.
Once the paint cures which can take a few days to a month depending on the humidity in the air, it is very durable and can be scrubbed to clean.
I replaced the cabinet pulls with new glass knobs from D Lawless Hardware. I also replaced the old crusty hinges to shiny new white ones. Since I didn’t remove the cabinet doors to paint them, I had to touch up a few places when I replaced the hinges. It is not the best way to paint cabinets, but I was all about fast and easy for the transformation of these cabinets. If you missed my post about how I used maps to wallpaper the walls, you can read all about it in this post. DIY Map Wallpaper
I am happy with how the cabinets came out, the paint did exactly what it states on the label, but I am reminded about how personal style preferences will determine if you will like the finish or not. When I began to post about DIY chalk paint I found that some readers loved the look of chalk paint simply brushed on and could not understand why you would want to add wax and sheen over it. These readers preferred a very rustic feel to their painted finishes.
While other readers loved the high shine finish you can achieve over chalk paint when you buff wax over the paint. All loved the same chalk paint but used it in different ways to get the look they wanted to achieve.
Depending on your decorating style, I think the same goes when using Beyond Paint. If you want a quick and easy way to transform a piece of furniture or your cabinets, this is your paint. It was the fastest and easiest paint I have ever used, plus clean up was a breeze. If you are picky about sheen though, you may not like the finish since it does have a low sheen and a slight texture. The company recommends using a roller over a brush, and to use a brush to stipple or mush into creviced areas and roll it over, or just brush everything on if you prefer that finish. Using a roller or brush is a personal choice and either can be used.
If you want a semi-matte finish that is fast and easy to apply, and durable when cured, you will love the paint. It comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased online at Amazon or Home Depot.
UPDATE: From time to time I like to add an update to project posts I have written here on my blog:
It has been over a year since I painted these laundry room cabinets. The paint is remarkable…super durable. The cabinets look perfect, even after getting daily use since I store all sorts of items in them besides just laundry items. Yes, there is a little texture on the finish when the paint is rolled on, but after seeing and using the cabinets now for over a year, I find I like the finish… a lot and the durability of the paint can not be beat.
I plan to use the black color called Licorice on a piece of furniture. I just have to find what I am looking for at the thrift store . :-)