Hello Friends! One of my latest projects, was to help update a kitchen
for a client who is selling her fathers home. When she came to me about
budget friendly options, of course I suggested painting her cabinetry, for a
fraction of the cost of new. A few other simple touches, like replacing countertops,
appliances and painting walls as well, really are helping bring this
Miami Vice era kitchen up to date.
Those pickled cabinets and dated hardware, along with the mint green counters and wallpaper
are just simple and inexpensive fixes for updating this kitchen.
The cabinetry in this home, had seen alot of deep frying, cooking, sautéing and such and not
alot of maintenance. The build up was quite thick. I thought I would share an
inexpensive and effective way to clean that grime and years of neglect from
cabinets with you.
This was just Step One of this kitchen project.
First, all the doors and hardware were removed. The hinges were quite
crusty as well, so we decided to soak them in degreaser before putting them
back into place, and the homeowner is replacing all of the handles.
Ok, so here is picture of the cabinetry, especially close to the stove/oven. The wear around
the handles had a lot of wear and grime as well. So off to work I go, trying to
figure out the best way to cut the grease…
First try: Murphys Oil Soap.
(Murphys oil soap did not work, it left a film on the cabinets and really
didn't clean the grime.)
I was planning on painting these cabinets, so I really had to make
sure the surfaces were all even and no residue was left behind.
I decided to do a few more trials and finally made a paste.
With these simple kitchen items I made this inexpensive and
effective paste to clean the grease.
Paste: Baking Soda and Vegetable oil
Dawn Dishsoap, water and scrub brush to clean.
Here, I am showing you , how I worked the paste into the wood and let sit
for a few minutes.)
Next, I took each door into the sink and used the sprayer to rinse completely clean,
then, used a towel to pat dry and then sat the doors in the sun.
As, you can see, the grime has been removed, but so has some of the finish, but
that is ok, I am painting these. If you are just cleaning your cabinetry at home, without
refinishing the surface, I would suggest to use a softer brush, maybe like a toothbrush.
I used the same method on the drawers and then did again on each of the cabinet frames.
Obviously, I didn't use the sprayer on the frames, but I used lots of rags and
wiped clean after I used the paste.
So, I let all these doors and cabinets dry for a day, now we are ready to paint!
I look forward to sharing Part 2 with you soon, all about painting
cabinetry, with Chalk Paint! Simple, Easy, Quick and beautiful
coverage. I painted this entire kitchen for less than $60.00!
Stay tuned, I cannot wait to share the details with you!
Have a great day!