Guess who is hopping on their Home Goals already? Me! It only took me 6 weeks into the new year to get the ball rolling but I wanted to show you the progress I’ve made on my kitchen island painting project.
Confession: I have never painted kitchen cabinets before. Not because I don’t know how (it’s kind of like a huge piece of furniture) but because I have been crippled by indecisiveness regarding my color choice. I knew I wanted to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint but I couldn’t commit to a color. It was between Typewriter or Curio as the base coat and Trophy as the second coat.
I removed all of the drawers and cabinet doors and labeled each of them with a number so I would know where it belonged once my project was complete and I have to put everything back together.
I was going to paint my first coat in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Typewriter with Bonding Agent. So to ensure excellent adhesion I lightly sanded the entire island with my Black & Decker Mouse Sander . I know we all hate sanding but this literally took me 15 minutes. This isn’t Bob Vila style sanding. Just scuffing up the surface of the wood to give it tooth – helping the paint to stick to the surface.
I then cleaned the island with Klean-Strip TSP Substitute. TSP stands for Tri-Sodium Phosphate and I use the Kleen-Strip brand substitute because it has less of a toxic smell than traditional TSP. TSP is a heavy duty cleaner and degreaser and also works as a deglosser. I don’t even want to tell you how grimey and disguisting my island was. The TSP cleaned it to a brand new, less glossy, state.
I poured the TSP in an old coffee bin and used super fine steel wool to scrub the TSP on the kitchen island.
My husband found out I had started this project via Instagram. Surprise honey! Don’tcha love me!
The first coat always looks U.G.L.Y. So I am not sweating it.
Now I am off to paint the second coat. Wish me luck! What advice do you have for painting kitchen cabinets? Or what makes you hesitant to paint yours?