All Your Questions About Painting Kitchen Cabinets, Answered — Paint Project

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job (even if you have a tiny kitchen!), so it makes sense that you'd have a lot of questions about the process. Here, we attempt to answer your biggest, most pressing questions.


11 Smart Ways to Use the Space Above Your Cabinets — Small Space Kitchens

I seriously don't understand why there is space above my kitchen cabinets. If someone knows of a historical reason, please illuminate me in the comments. Why can't my cabinets just go all the way to the ceiling? I do not know. What I do know is that it's a terrible waste of space and it tends to get pretty gross and dusty.

Do you share my pain? Here are a few ideas to make that space actually work for you — and me!


3 Ways to Make Sure Painted Kitchen Cabinets Hold Up, According to Bloggers Who Know — Paint Project

If you're going to go through all the effort to paint your kitchen cabinets (it is not exactly a quick or easy project!), you want to make sure it's going to last. You don't want to go through all that effort, only to have the paint start chipping off a few months later. To make sure that doesn't happen, we talked to three bloggers who painted their kitchens a while ago. Here's the one thing they each did, which they credit to keeping their cabinets looking brand new.


I Painted My Entire Kitchen with Chalk Paint — Paint Project

To paint a before picture, my old kitchen was pretty hideous. It wasn't original, but was upgraded in the early '90s by a flipper and had the ubiquitous black granite counters, brown wood cabinets, and ugly builder-grade tile. Add to that some interesting lighting choices made by the previous owner. In short, it needed help.

Sadly, a larger renovation was not in the cards. I knew I couldn't live with the kitchen the way it was, though, so it was time to get creative.


Stuck with Really Old Rental Kitchen Cabinets? There’s One Silver Lining. — Paint Project

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

If you're a renter, it's pretty likely that you've had to sacrifice at least one or two "wish list" items when you moved into your place. Maybe it's a few extra blocks from your favorite supermarket, lacks a pantry, or has a really ugly vintage kitchen.

While landlords can be tough — the majority of them are pretty reluctant to allow renters to make any major home improvements — you may be in luck if your cabinets have seen better days.


11 Cleaning and Organizing Tips from Real People Who Have Open Shelving — Shelf Help

In my early 20s, I had open shelving in the kitchen. And it was awful. There was no vent into the kitchen, and only one tiny window that opened into a filthy courtyard with no air circulation. (Sometimes pigeons would get in there and fly around and poop everywhere.) The stuff on the shelves got filthy. Plus, they were totally jammed with stuff and the kitchen always looked cluttered. When I moved out, the Fiestaware dishes on the uppermost shelves were just coated with grease.

I obviously made a few crucial mistakes when it came to keeping those shelves useful, attractive, and clean. To prevent this from happening to you, I reached out to a few friends with clean, nice-looking open shelves to get their tips on how to keep them that way.


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