Our kitchen was the first room I wanted to tackle with redo's. The kitchen is a high traffic room that is utilized so much that I wanted to get it finished quickly. I wanted something different, as I usually do when it comes to decorating and style. Our kitchen is smaller and the dark cabinets made it feel even smaller so I decided I wanted to paint them white to brighten the room up. I had seen the textured wallpaper effect added once before to cabinets and loved how unique it was.
Here is a not so good picture of the kitchen before. Oops, someone had already started painting :D
What you need: -scissors -exacto knife -textured wallpaper of your preference -universal wallpaper paste -small paint roller and tray -sponge brush -small paintbrush -cutting mat -whatever paint you choose to use to paint your cabinets. We used Ace's Royal Wall and Trim paint in "High Hiding White"
I bought my wallpaper at Lowe's for about $20 a roll. I have a smaller kitchen with 21 cabinet doors. I bought 2 rolls and only ended up using most of one roll.
Start by cleaning your cabinet doors really well. You don't want to leave any greasy residue that may show through the paint.
Next cut your wallpaper accordingly to fit your cabinet door.
I was rather lazy about cutting mine. With the bevel in the door, I chose to use it to my advantage to trim the wallpaper with the exacto knife after I applied the paste and the wallpaper. Lazy, right? I also didn't do any sanding or stripping, so sue me.
After you've done this you're ready to paint! I ended up having to apply at least 3 coats of paint to keep it from looking streaky. Pretty simple, right?
Some food for thought: -I painted the backs of my cabinet doors first to make the process a little easier. -This is probably common sense to the average person, but don't stack your cabinet doors after you've applied the wallpaper. It may feel dry, but the wallpaper WILL stick to the door. And well, that's frustrating. -Probably because of the laziness that occurred, the paint on the doors was a little sticky for a while. Give it plenty of time to dry and be careful not to prop it up against other freshly painted surfaces.
I am so happy with the way they turned out! I was worried I would do all of the work and end up hating it, but I think the work really paid off.
In the future we plan on adding new backsplash, light fixtures, and flooring, but for now I can't believe how different our kitchen already looks!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a great weekend!