Kitchen Questions Answered

I have been missing in action on the blog these last few days, because there has been so much action around here. I have multiple projects almost done using this beautiful turquoise mistint and this oyster-grey mistint (both only $5!!! You cannot beat that if you want to paint an entire room for only $5).

But before I share those projects I want to address all the wonderful responses I have received on the kitchen. I am excited to hear that so many of you are about to embark on similar projects in your own lovely spaces. It is amazing what a couple coats of paint can do to transform a room or piece of furniture!

Because I received so many emails and a couple comments asking questions on what we did and how we did it I thought I would hit all the birds with this one stone so here are the details. If I don't cover something you were wondering about just comment here and I will let you know!

1. Did you use a sprayer? If so what kind?
Yes, we did use a paint sprayer. The longest part of this project was actually removing doors and putting them back afterwards. Sprayers are that fast! Total painting time on the doors and drawers? 15 minutes! Yup, that's all. The total time for this project was 6 hours, basically watching paint dry.

The other benefit is the amazingly smooth, professional looking finish that sprayers provide. We have used the sprayer that you buy at Home Depot in the paint section but that basically just whips the paint through a propeller and we found that was splotchy and we ended up using a sponge roller to smooth it out so definitely don't waste your $100 on one of those (I believe ours was from Black & Decker).

The sprayer we use is an attachment for an air compressor. There are various types of air compressors, so I am not sure what size you need for all the different models but we have a 10 gallon unit (they usually run about $200-$400). We already had this since we use it with nail guns and staplers for the floors and trim, but you can rent them at Home Depot for $18 per day. We then bought a paint sprayer attachment for the compressor (ours is made by Campbell Hausfeld and cost $29 at Home Depot) but I am sure you can rent them too.

If you do a lot of paint projects I highly recommend investing in air compressor. I use mine pretty much daily.

2. Did you spray the cabinets?
No, just the doors and drawers. We used a sponge roller to do the edges and sides of the cabinets since it is faster than protecting everything else (which you have to do with the sprayer).

3. What color paint did you choose?
The paint is Behr Premium kitchen and bath in Candlelight Ivory.

4. How did you spray the sides of the drawer pulls?
I first sprayed the backs and sides then set them upright to finish so that the most visible area is not marked by laying them down to spray the sides later.

I think that covers everything that was asked, but let me know if you need any other info.
Happy Painting!