How to paint your kitchen cupboards (w/ @ParaPaints)

The moment I settled on a lovely shade of white for the kitchen walls, I knew I would have to try and paint the island.  I wanted something to anchor the entire double room, and now that it’s done I am patting myself on the back.  It’s SUCH a lovely anchor:)

Getting there was a bit nerve wracking though…..

I really didn’t know how well the cupboards would take to paint.  I didn’t know if I would need to sand the bananas out of them, or if I would need to heat gun a layer off in order to paint or… oh who knows!  The blogosphere was rife with advice, and I was still stumped.

So I winged it.


After discovering how well the Super Stick primer adhered to the walls, I decided to cover a small area of the island to test it out. Once it was dry, I applied two quick coats of Para Paints 4305 Ultra Furniture & Cabinet Paint in Rock Climbing P5109-85 (which is the same as the dining room chairs).

After a few days I took my nails and dragged my claws over it, and guess what?! Nothing happened.

So I did it again.

And nothing happened.

And then I did a little clap & happy dance!

….and I got to work and primed and painted the whole thing!  In order to give the paint the best chance possible, I let each coat dry for a full 24 hours before applying more.  In total, I applied three coats.

how to paint kitchen island via @heathernheels

Even though I was only painting the outside, I made my life much easier by removing the drawer doors and painting them outside (bringing them inside at night).

Once everything was dry, I put the doors back on and re-attached the hardware and TAA-DAAA!!!

deep green kitchen island DIY via @heathernheels

It’s so lovely!!!  It makes the whole room come together and really does anchor the space.

That, folks, is what we call a grand success in the DIY experiment books.

Be sure to click through to the kitchen post, to see more photos.


bright white kitchen DIY with PARA paints via @heathernheels

Disclosure: As you know I am SO PLEASED to have been chosen as one of this year’s Para Paints #ParaBlogCrew members.  Para provides me with all the paint a girl can use.  Isn’t that awesome! (and addiction feeding? ha!).  

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