I’m told that my cupboard doors are “European Style”. There really isn’t anything terribly wrong with them. In fact, they are the nicest cupboard doors I’ve ever had. I just had a few little issues with them:
- Trying to open the doors and drawers without knobs or pulls resulted in many a broken nail. (The wooden strips randomly flying off when you opened the doors made life interesting, too!)
- I … well … just didn’t like the look of that wood on it…(Is that terrible?) Somehow the “European” just didn’t fit in with the rest of my house.
I always got excited when I saw a home makeover show that was redoing a kitchen with these kinds of doors. I thought I would get some helpful hints. However, more often than not, they would just junk the whole kitchen and start all over. I didn’t want to go there…
So…on to plan B.
I took the doors off the hinges (lovely hinges, I might add! I just loosened two screws and the doors slid right off!), and taped off the wooden part with painter’s tape. I set them on the tops of my cupboards with a drop cloth on the floor – (That makes painting slightly easier on your back – if you have aches and pain issues like me!).
Notice I didn’t bother taking the drawer fronts off. I just pulled out the drawers and painted. It worked fine.
I painted on two coats of oil based primer, and finished with a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. Each coat dried quite quickly. (I purchase cheap brushes just for use for oil-based paint and then throw them out when I’m finished. Cleaning brushes with paint thinner just doesn’t work for me… But, I have one really nice brush that I use for latex, and I clean that out well after each use.)
****Important Tip Alert!!! When you’re ready to remove the painter’s tape, run an x-acto knife along the top edge of the tape (where you painted). I tried this as an experiment, and for the first time, paint didn’t peel off with my tape!
Last year a friend found a great stash of cupboard pulls and knobs at a garage sale and gave them to me. (Thanks, Mary!) Today the Mr. was able to help me drill the holes for the “bling”… and I already love how much more functional they are!
So here are the cupboards before:
And here they are after a bit of “spiffing up”!
(…and I painted the window while I was at it, too. Same paint, same method. Except, I had to stand on the sink ledge!)
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