Three years ago, I changed the look of our outdated kitchen by painting our cabinets and replacing the hardware. Since I have completed the project and shared it on my blog, I am often asked many questions about the process from those who want to paint their cabinets, but have concerns about how well it will hold up. I had many of the same fears about painting my cabinets, especially with having young children and the every day wear and tear, since the kitchen is the most used, high traffic area in the house.
I explained the process of preparing and painting the cabinets in my original post, but since it has been three years, I wanted to give an update on how they look now.
First, let me say this…In the last three years, I have not had ANY regrets about painting our kitchen cabinets. Not once. Some people had comments of disbelief that I painted over such “beautiful” wood cabinets. I never liked the way they looked and it was the first thing I wanted to change when we bought the house. I have been so happy with the way the painted cabinets have brightened the entire kitchen.
The first piece of advice I give to anyone who asks me about my painted cabinets is that they need to buy good paint! This is a surface that will have a lot of use and need cleaning, so the surface needs to be strong and hold up well to scrubbing. In other words, do not buy a cheap, low end paint. I used Satin Impervo Waterborne paint from Benjamin Moore because I use it on my doors and trim and already know it’s a good quality paint. It’s a latex paint that levels well and sort of works like an oil paint…but isn’t an oil (I prefer not to work with oil paints). Some think it’s an expensive paint, but it only took about 3/4 a gallon of primer and almost the same amount of paint to cover my cabinets. A little goes a long way with this paint but even if it had taken more to cover them, it is worth every penny I spent on it. When it comes to this kind of project, the quality is the most important thing to consider if you want it to last. The coverage of the primer and paint were so good that I only needed one coat. I painted the inside of the doors but not inside the cabinets since I would be sliding dishes in and out of them.
So, how has it held up over the last three years? See for yourself…
This photo above was taken in May for my Kitchen Updates post. So, technically that was two years and eleven months since I had painted (haha). You can see the color still looks good, but how easy are they to clean? Obviously with small sticky hands, cooking, spills, and all the dirt tracked in from the backdoor, they get dirt and grime on them quite often. The thing is, even though the darker wood cabinets may not show dirt as well, it’s still there. So yes, I do have to wipe them off a little more often, but that’s okay with me. I have scrubbed these cabinets with degreaser by the stove top, Mr. Clean erasers, and other kitchen disinfectants. It cleans so easily and doesn’t leave the wipe marks or dull the surface after giving it a good scrub.
For some reason, the silverware drawer gets the more dirt and grime than any other place on our cabinets. It cleans up nicely…
There are a few small places where the paint has chipped. One in particular is a place that was damaged when I dropped a heavy pan and it hit the cabinet under the sink. See, everyone worries about the damage the kids will do to cabinets…it’s not always the kids! You can see the mark to the right and the chip towrd the bottom of the picture. I still haven’t touched those places up but I plan to do it the next time I open the Satin Impervo for another project. The small areas of damage haven’t gotten worse though, and you can see the edges of the doors, which usually show wear and tear on painted cabinets…hasn’t happened to ours! They are still in great shape.
So, my over all review of Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo is EXCELLENT! The paint surface is durable, the color holds well, it has excellent coverage, and the paint goes a long way. And, because it’s not an oil, it dries fast and isn’t tacky to the touch after painting. I highly recommend this paint along with Benjamin Moore’s All-Purpose primer. Preparation is key!