I’ve had a few people over the past week ask how I painted our Ikea kitchen cupboards, so I thought I would write a quick guide sharing how I painted our units. If you’re going to paint your kitchen units, you want to make sure you are painting them in the best way possible so they can withstand all the hustle and bustle that goes on in a kitchen. Some of our units have been painted for nearly two years now and they have really stood the test of time and still look as good as the day I finished painting them – not a bump or scratch to be seen!
When remodelling our kitchen we wanted a wall of tall units that would hide our fridge and freezer. We looked at different suppliers and the general consensus was that this area of the kitchen would have to be custom made – and custom made had a big price tag attached. The Ikea kitchen units allowed us to have the exact set up we wanted but they didn’t really have the doors that matched the look we were going for.
We ended up going for the Ikea Hyttan kitchen. It was nothing like the painted in frame kitchen units we originally wanted but we were really happy with how the units made great use of the available space, in particular our floor to ceiling units that housed our fridge, freezer and microwave.
BUT…annoyingly…I still couldn’t get those painted kitchen units out of my mind so I decided to take on the mammoth task of painting the kitchen cabinet doors. Below is a step by step guide to painting the Ikea Hyttan kitchen doors. Following these steps will ensure you have cupboard doors that will have the perfect paint job look for years, while withstanding all the bumps and scrapes that are just part and parcel of a busy kitchen.
Step 1 – Remove Hardware
If possible, take the doors off the units and remove any handles or hinges from the door. For all the lower units I was able to remove the doors, but for our tall units it wasn’t possible.
Step 2 – Prepare Doors for Painting
The Hyttan doors are a little different as they have a horizontal texture and a vertical grain in the wood veneer. Sand along the horizontal texture with a P120 sandpaper. Vacuum, dust and wipe clean. Put a screw in the position of the handle. Doing this will stop paint from pooling in the hole.
Step 3 – Apply Undercoat Layers
Apply the first coat of primer undercoat. When the doors are dry and ready for a recoat, sand using a fine P220 sandpaper or sanding block. Wipe clean and apply second layer of undercoat. Lightly sand again using the fine P220 sandpaper or sanding block. When you are painting around the holes for the hinges, be careful not to fill the holes with paint as you may find it difficult to reattach the hinges. If you are painting doors that are still attached, take your time to get a good finish around the hinges. A narrow brush is good for this.
Step 4 – Apply Top Coat
The number of top coats will vary depending upon the type and brand of paint you choose. I went for a Farrow & Ball floor paint. Farrow & Ball state that their floor paints can be used for interior woodwork. This paint is much more durable that a standard eggshell paint. Apply as many top coats as you need to achieve a solid coverage, sanding between each coat of paint using the P220 fine grade sandpaper. Do not sand after the final top coat.
Step 5 – Apply a Clear Varnish
Kitchens need to be robust and by varnishing the doors you will increase their durability. I chose Ronseal Diamond Hard Satin Varnish. Apply two coats, without sanding in between coats. After the second coat, lightly sand the doors using the P220 sandpaper. Wipe clean – very, very clean – and then apply the final coat of varnish.
Step 6 – Reattach Doors
Reattach any handles and hinges. The doors are now ready to be refitted. Although the doors may be painted and fitted, the paint needs time to harden. This usually takes around 4 -5 weeks, depending on the climate. So for this time, treat your kitchen with gentle respect – opening and closing doors and drawers carefully!
Painting a kitchen can be a really daunting task, and I certainly thought so too, but I am so glad I did it! I don’t think I ever really liked my kitchen unpainted, which is a little sad considering we chose it, but now that it is painted – I love it!
As with every other room in our house, our lovely kitchen gets decorated for Christmas…
My absolute favourite home decorating/renovation show is ‘The Fixer Upper’ and the very first episode I saw of it was when Chip and Joanna Gaines were renovating a house built in the 1800’s. They were renovating this house for themselves as they were wanting to turn it into a B&B. I remember walking, almost in tears, to the kitchen after this episode saying to Keith ‘I don’t know how she makes things so beautiful!’ Very silly of me to get emotional over home decorating but in my defence, it was their Christmas special so I was particularly drawn to it and especially drawn to Joanna’s ‘Merry Christmas’ metal sign. Anyway, this sign stayed in my mind. Then last year, when I was looking at the Magnolia Market website, I saw it was available to buy so I asked Father Christmas whether I could have it for Christmas and voila – here it is!
Anyone for a mince pie?
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