I’m painting my kitchen cabinets this summer, and I’ll take you along for the ride by posting updates as I go through the process. And at the end, I’ll do a big ol’ how-to post, sharing what worked (and what didn’t!).
Before I could start on the project of painting the cabinets, I decided to tackle my kitchen ceiling. When we moved into this house, there was a lot of cigarette smoke damage, so all of the walls and ceilings and floors had to be sealed and painted.
And somehow, in the hubbub of doing that and moving (and me being pregnant with Zoe and very sick), the kitchen ceiling never quite got a really good paint job. It was sort of splotchy, which you can see in this photo.
(sorry about how dark it is…it was the only way I could get the ceiling variations to show up!)
Anyway, it made sense to paint the ceiling before the cabinets, because that way, if I got any paint on the cabinets, it wouldn’t matter at all.
I taped off the walls and the tops of the cabinets, using up some cheap painters tape on the cabinets, since it’s not all that important to keep paint off of cabinets that are going to be painted.
I also taped around the ceiling fan and took the fan blades off, which was an excellent decision. It was so much easier to work up there without the blades being in the way.
The fan looked so funny without the blades…kind of like how a semi truck looks odd with no trailer on it.
This provided me with an excellent opportunity to clean the top side of the blades, which had a good six years of greasy build-up on them.
I had dusted them, for the record, but not all that often, and I know I hadn’t actually cleaned them since the fan was installed.
During the process I remembered why I hate ceiling work so much….paint splatters all over you, it’s noticeably hotter up there, and you have to work really hard to keep the floor clean (I used a tarp on the floor and a drop cloth to protect the counters.)
But I got the painting done in an afternoon, and that included cleaning the fan blades.
And I’m really happy that I tackled this, because the ceiling really does look so much newer and cleaner now.
Up next: cabinet paint testing and color picking.
I do believe I’m actually going to get this done before summer’s end. Yay!
P.S. In case you wanted to know, I use Behr flat white ceiling paint from Home Depot, and I use a roller for the main parts of the ceiling and a brush for the edges. The green tape, is called Frog Tape, and it’s totally awesome and worth the extra money when clean lines are important.
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