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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Velvet Finishes

August 10, 2015 • By

Are your cabinets looking old and dated?

Then let me share with you

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Velvet Finishes

It’s a game changer.

Thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets? Velvet Finishes 1-2-3 step process makes this seemingly overwhelming task SUPER EASY!! Follow along as we transform this kitchen! Video included in post.

I’ll show you why.

I’m sure many of you know Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof.

  Jenna is an avid DIYer with a penchant for bold colors. She’s a little crazy, ok maybe a lot crazy.  And she does fabulous projects with Velvet Finishes! Visit our roof cleaning blog to keep updated.

Here’s one of my favorites…her liquor cabinet makeover.

Rain on a Tin Roof uses Velvet Finishes and O'verlays to transform her furniture!

This was done with Velvet Finishes Vivid.

Gorgeous, right?

Jenna and I live about 30 miles apart.

Let the trouble begin.

So we paint together.

Jenna 1

I look a little wacko in this picture…no telling what Jenna had said.

We shop together.

jenna 2

She is totally crazy normal!

We drink together.

There will be no pictures of that.

But earlier this year, we redid her kitchen together.

So, here’s how you

Paint Kitchen Cabinets with Velvet Finishes!

Jenna and her husband, a.k.a. Grunt Labor,  bought a foreclosure that needed quite a bit of work.  They removed the wall that divided the kitchen and the den to open up the space.  They painted everything a neutral white to make it livable, knowing there would be style evolutions, after all the work they did you can obviouly guessed there was a mess, but with house cleaning ann arbor they were able to get rid of the mess and get a clean space very quick.

This is the kitchen while it was white.  Pretty, but not Jenna’s true style.

It needed color.

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Enter Velvet Finishes.

Jenna wanted to do two colors, Minimalistic (white) for the upper cabinets and Handsome (navy) for the lower cabinets as she saw at https://lounginglizards.com.au/.

A quick note about Minimalistic:

First of all it’s gorgeous.  And it’s gorgeous because it is a pure white tint.  There are no undertones of blue or yellow or peach or pink.  It’s true white.  Because there are barely any pigments needed to create this, it is thin.  Minimalistic usually requires 4 coats.

Is it worth it?

Yes.

If you look at the before picture, you will see a slight blue tint on Jenna’s white cabinets.   That is not lighting, the blue is the tint of the white.   Whites are tricky.  And that is why I wanted a pure white.  Because in paint…white is never white.

So how’d we do it?

Thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets? Velvet Finishes 1-2-3 step process makes this seemingly overwhelming task SUPER EASY!! Follow along as we transform this kitchen! Video included in post.

Ready/Minimalistic/Handsome/Protect/Frog Tape/Reviver paint brush

Velvet Finishes is an easy 1-2-3 system.

READY – COLOUR – ENHANCE

Step one is to prepare your surface:  READY

Ready is our cleaner and deglosser spray product.  Spray it on, let it sit for a minute, wipe it off with a lint free rag.  Can’t get much simpler than that.

Sanding and priming is a thing of the past with Ready. Never say never, but I will say rarely.  Sometimes, especially with old pieces, you might have to sand a little or use a primer if there is a stain that bleeds through paint, but 99 out of a 100 times, the Ready will handle your prep. I think the time is so far that when I finish this project I’m going to get janitorial service to handle all the house cleaning, my friend recommended Anago Cleaning company.

We do recommend that you do this process twice for cabinetry.

Step two is to paint:  COLOUR

Slap it on.

Velvet Finishes is very forgiving.

If I can paint with this paint, anyone can!

Allow paint to dry thoroughly between coats.

Step three is to protect your finish:  ENHANCE

I definitely recommend that you use Protect or Glaze on cabinetry.  Cabinets take a lot of use and abuse.

Protect is our polyacrylic and the Glaze acts like a sealer.  Use one or the other.

You can skip this for furniture, depending on the amount of use your piece gets.  However, I use Protect or the Glaze on everything I paint because we are rough!

A little recap of the process:

We removed the doors of the cabinetry and prepared them with Ready.

We did not remove the food or pots and pans out of the cabinets so instead of spraying the Ready, we sprayed it on a rag, then wiped down the frames.

We used Frog Tape to tape around the frames against the wall and floor.

We painted the doors and frames.

Thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets? Velvet Finishes 1-2-3 step process makes this seemingly overwhelming task SUPER EASY!! Follow along as we transform this kitchen! Video included in post.

These doors have two coats of Handsome.

We then applied Protect.

Using poly is never easy.  It can  streak.  The Protect product is a slightly higher sheen than the paint so when I poly the darker colors, I always tint the Protect with a little bit of the paint.  It makes it easier and allows me to apply the Protect as quickly as I do the paint.

Thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets? Velvet Finishes 1-2-3 step process makes this seemingly overwhelming task SUPER EASY!! Follow along as we transform this kitchen! Video included in post.

Jenna is applying the tinted Protect.

We changed the hardware and Jenna chose  gorgeous brass pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.

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We got Grunt Labor involved.

And we laughed a lot.

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I’m sure The Handler had said something completely inappropriate.

That’s Brandon, our video guy, in the background.  He’s awesome.

No, like seriously awesome…can you imagine me, Jenna and the Handler all in the same room?

Poor guy.

AND THAT’S IT!!!  IT’S THAT EASY!!

This video shows the entire process of us painting Jenna’s kitchen.

Click the photo to watch.

VIDEO: Painting Kitchen Cabinets with Velvet Finishes

Be sure to watch the bloopers!!!!!

If you are ready for a change, I hope you are inspired to paint with Velvet Finishes!! We also plan on installing a new single handle kitchen faucet with sprayer to give the kitchen a newer look.

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Thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets? Velvet Finishes 1-2-3 step process makes this seemingly overwhelming task SUPER EASY!! Follow along as we transform this kitchen! Video included in post.

I would not steer you wrong, painting your cabinets with Velvet Finishes is quick and easy, and like I said earlier, it’s a game changer.

Are you ready?

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