HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS / CUPBOARDS UK makeover on a budget


Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. Welcome
back to my channel. I’m here today with a bit of a renovation or makeover video I suppose
because I have just painted my kitchen cupboards and kitchen drawers or kitchen units, whatever
you want to call it. So I thought I would share with you how I did it and also the process
and let you know whether I think it’s advisable or not, because this is something that I wasn’t
sure about taking on because I’ve read all sorts of different things and seen all different
videos on youtube about doing this and it looked like quite an effort. Well it was quite
an effort but I’ll talk you through it anyway! And then you can decide yourselves if it’s
something that you might want to try and do yourselves. So hopefully this video will be
useful to you if you are considering painting your kitchen units. So I decided the other
week that I would do this as a little project, the reason being I really didn’t like the
colour of our kitchen cupboards as they were, they were this kind of ash birch effect laminate,
not for me, nothing wrong those if you’ve got those I don’t mean any offence by that,
they just didn’t look right, I didn’t like them. So I picked up this paint in Wilko’s
and this is furniture and cupboard paint. So it is designed for this, it’s not gloss
or anything like that it’s specific. So I picked up the paint and I picked up the primer.
And I’m slightly obsessed with painting things in our flat grey at the minute, there’s load
of grey going on everywhere. I think you can’t go wrong with a bit of grey to be honest with
you! What I would say is that the colour if you hold it up against the farrow and ball
paint chart if you know your paints, it is almost identical to Manor House Grey so if
you want to get an idea of the shade of grey it’s going to come out it is pretty much identical.
I don’t know whether to show you guys a before and after shot now or not, I don’t know whether
to make you wait until the end of the video to see it finished because otherwise you’ll
probably switch off. I don’t know. Ok, well let’s pop a quick one in. This is before.
And this is after. I hope that you think it’s an improvement. I hope that you don’t think
it’s worse. Let me know in the comments I’d be interested to know your thoughts. So let’s
talk you through the process. So the first thing I did was remove all the handles from
all the cupboard drawers using a drill and a screwdriver for the ones that were a bit
tricky to access. Then I went on to clean the entire kitchen with a sugar soap solution.
Sugar soap is a detergent it’s really good for removing grease and things so if you’re
painting anywhere you should probably be using this if you’re painting walls you spray it
on or you can mix it in with some water and just get a sponge and wash away the grease
and grime and everything. Particularly paying attention to around the cooker and anything
that’s kind of above things where you wouldn’t normally wipe it, it was absolutely gross
take a look at the cloth, yuk. Yep, but you know who cleans up there on a regular basis.
Not me I can tell you that! The next stage is to sand it all down so you need to make
the surface more grippy? I’ve used these angled sanding pads so they’re kind of like a foam
pad with sand paper all over them but the good thing about these is they’re angled so
you can get in and behind corners and things so I’d really recommend those if you’re doing
any sort of sanding projects, if you’ve got a flat edge you can’t and you’re trying to
get into a corner it kind of blocks it so that pointy bit on each side is really really
useful especially if like me you’ve been a little bit lazy and you haven’t taken all
the doors off. A I thought it would be a big hassle to take them all off, put them back
on. And B I didn’t really have the space to lay out all the doors to paint them in my
flat. It did actually work ok so if you’re thinking of if that’s what’s putting you off
not painting your cupboard doors, the thought of pulling everything off and putting it back
on again you don’t have to, it was fine. The next thing I did was mask of any areas that
I didn’t want to get paint on and cover all the kitchen worktops with extra large dust
sheets that you can pick up in any diy shop and I put a tarpaulin down on the floor to
protect the floor. And then I went onto the priming. And I’m putting it on with an angled
brush and a good quality roller. I say a good quality roller because if you get a cheap
roller it’s going to start to shrink with the paint and then when you’re putting it
on it’s going to be uneven so one side might be more painty than the other side so definitely
just spend a little bit more money on your roller and also your paint brush, because
you don’t want a paint brush that’s going to be moulting and leaving hairs all over
it, so make sure you get, doesn’t have to be really expensive but just make sure that
when you feel your roller it’s got some firmness to it and when check the paint brush isn’t
one of those horrible cheap ones that’s got hairs going all over the shop because that
is just going to be making for a really messy finish. So with those I just started to apply
the primer and it went on really nicely, I applied quite a thin layer because you want
to have a really even coat as your base. If you do see any little bumps and lumps just
pick them off or you can sand them off and just get rid of all of those another little
tip for you guys is if you’ve got any awkward areas that you don’t want to get paint on
such as the door handles, I couldn’t get all of the door handles off because of the way
the doors were constructed so my tip is to use some tin foil because you can just scrunch
it on and it moulds into shape, it’s going to protect it from any paint and it’s really
easy to pull off again afterwards.You’re not going to be left with any sticky residue that
you would be left with from things like masking tape. I’d also use tin foil to line my painting
tray so that when you’ve finished painting you can just pull the tinfoil out and chuck
it in the bin and your painting tray is still good for the next day. And I also use tinfoil
to wrap around the roller and the brushes because again you can just get it really tight
and scrunch it on to make sure that it’s air tight. So then onto the painting. Having left
the primer to dry overnight I started painting the cupboard doors. One technique I did use
was to just to keep all of the doors closed, paint across all of the fronts. Let that dry
a bit and then go around and do all of the edges either with a roller or with the brush.
I found that using the roller is definitely the best thing, so the roller just put it
on really nicely you just keep going until you smooth out all the bumps and any streaks.
So once the paint had dried I gave it a second coat just to go over any areas that I thought
some of the white was still showing through. I think it looks really smooth, I think it
almost looks like it’s been sprayed it’s so good and it’s really resistant so I’ve already
done a little test now it’s dry where I’ve scratched at it a bit with a fork and it hasn’t
scratched it so I think it’s going to be really durable. It’s a nice in between it’s not too
dark and it’s not too light. It’s got some bluey tones in it so it works really well
in the day light so throughout the day it becomes a lot lighter and brighter which I
think is good for a kitchen, and in the evening all that grey becomes a little bit darker
so if you want just switch on the odd lamp or whatever it’s all going to become a bit
more intimate and I think it looks really good. So I would recommend giving this a go
if A you’ve got the time and B you’ve got the patience because it is a bit fiddly and
there is a few stages to it. But over all I did it in 3 days and on each of those days
I probably spent 2 to 3 hours max, so it wasn’t like I was spending all day every day doing
it so I’d say all in all it probably took about 8 hours maybe, probably with all the
putting things away and getting things out and all the rest of it. So I’d recommend this
paint and I’d recommend painting your cupboard doors if you want to give your kitchen a quick
refresh. Thank you very much for watching guys, I hope you enjoyed this video and I
hope it’s inspired some of you to do a similar project. If you do don’t forget to let me
know how you get on in the comments below. Please hit the subscribe button if you want
to keep up to date with my videos, I’m going to be doing more DIY and renovation related
videos as well as loads of other stuff so do hit subscribe if you want to check those
out and hopefully I’ll see you here again very soon, bye.

100 comments

  • Hannah Hannah

    I have exactly the same cupboard as you! Very helpful video… especially with not taking the doors off! x

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  • Lucia Rimkova

    Hi! How many tins have you used please? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kami Alex

    Hi have you use wax on the end ?

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  • CaSsIe SAdZ

    Just found your channel omg cant wait to watch all your vlogs ๐Ÿ‘x

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  • Uriel muy bonitas ideas lo q se puede aser Gonzalez

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  • GP FAMILY VLOGS

    Great video! Just a bit of advice Annie Sloan paint means you donโ€™t have to sand just varnish after ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Jamie Pallas

    Thanks for this video! I feel a lot less scared to tackle my kitchen cupboards now without making a mess of it. Can I ask – did you bother painting the inside or edges of the doors?

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  • j. mie Unlisted

    Really nice.. I have been trying to decide on adding gray to my kitchen walls and I may have been pursued:)

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  • Virginia Rubio

    You make it look so easy I want to give it a go!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • Ian James

    Looks good

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  • Michelle Chelles

    Thank you for this video I have had my eyes on this exact paint and idea. Your video has given me the motivation I need to get cracking. New subscriber deffo x

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  • Yvonne Perez

    Hi Mr Carrington

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  • Sara B.

    Thank you so much.

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  • Holly Foord

    Love that you didn't take the doors down! Just bought a house with an old wooden kitchen, can't wait to upcycle it! Great video

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  • DavetheIV

    Good job sunshine, real helpful project record & tips along the way. I'm really happy that you proved finish durability as I'm just about to paint a melamine cabinet & will go look at this Wilco paint myself.

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  • Jo Rainbow

    Did u paint the inside of the doors?

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  • Kelly Targett

    Try watching this video without sound. When you are describing the paint rollers, itโ€™s hilarious!!

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  • lubzlife

    It really looks good well done ๐Ÿ‘

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  • lubzlife

    It really looks good well done ๐Ÿ‘

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  • I-Love-Gerard-Way

    Beautiful Iโ€™m going to do it my cupboards as exactly the same as yours! Is the primer essential?

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  • The Wildlife gardener man Pond man

    Spot on thanx

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  • Deborah McLean

    Looks good!

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  • Seeker

    That looks excellent … ๐Ÿ‘.love the idea about covering the handles with foil…๐Ÿ‘

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  • Sandra Mullen

    Great job you made of them. Well done. And I love the colour , it really matches in well with the wall tiles fabulous ;-)xx

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  • Jeanne

    Great job really like it. ๐Ÿ‘

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  • ReviveUK

    Fab, oh the irony, mine are grey and I want cream! lol horses for courses, love your channel

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  • Richard Hamill

    Great video! By pure coincidence I began painting my kitchen yesterday with the exact same paint/roller on the exact same cupboards! Iโ€™ve primed all cupboards and tried first layer on first 2 panels. Finish doesnโ€™t look great at this stage but will apply a second layer this evening. I didnโ€™t sand prior painting and am worried. Is this a major concern? Hope you can respond! Many thanks

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  • Russell Hogben

    โ€˜Grippy and firmy …..โ€™ love the technical terms. Seriously though Iโ€™m a big fan of Wilko paint. Iโ€™ve recently done my bedroom walls in Cosy Grey and the bedframe in Storm Cloud. Iโ€™m very pleased with the results.

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  • emeraldalba

    Brilliant job!

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  • Chloe Catherine Whitelaw

    Did you just do one coat of primer? Also did you just use one tin of primer?

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  • mingbroadway

    For cleaning tiny areas. An old toothbrush works well too. I agree with ptg wood.

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  • P Bangs

    Top tin foil tip ta!

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  • Glitterymarmite

    Brilliant video, really helpful, thanks. Am about to paint our kitchen with the exact same paint and in the same shade, slightly terrified, eek.

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  • Halloween Prince

    Thanks for the tips

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  • Grey 49

    The tin foil in the paint tray just blew my mind. Fricking love that hack

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  • Ukefriction

    Great job, just wondering how this job held up in the long run. Looking to do something similar with wardrobe doors. Thanks for the video

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  • Dawn Trickey

    Hey, brilliant job! Seeing as this is a couple years old now, do you have an update on the wear of the paint?

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  • ben king

    I want to update my mahogany laminate bedroom set which is like fitted wardrobes, a new set is expensive but worst of all can't get the size I need to fit the room and a carpenter wanted 2000 pounds to come build me something, so now thinking to paint the ones I have but crapping myself ๐Ÿ’ฉ

    Was thinking spraying them would be easier?

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  • ShazQueenB

    This was very helpful, thanks mate

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  • Zkrd1

    U talk too much need action not bla bla bla

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  • Laura Henderson

    Loved this, can't afford to get a whole new kitchen so defo going to try this to save money and give the kitchen a new look

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  • gayla gavin

    I really love this video. I hate my kitchen cabinets and can't afford to replace them, but the idea of taking the doors off, etc., is very intimidating. Seeing you do a nice job without removing them does make it more approachable. That said, how about coming for a visit? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Paul

    Step 1: empty the cupboards.

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  • Tracy Gregory

    Definitely a Hugh improvement, I want to have a go at mine. Thank you for video. I like the fact you didnโ€™t take the doors off.

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  • Amber Niyazi

    Iv watched your video and got paint. Kitchens exactly like yours. So far painting isnโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜‚ how many coats do you think? First one isnโ€™t seamless. Waiting for it to dry … ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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  • Stephanie Cameron

    Yep, definite improvement, and thanks for advice on sugar soap, sanding, grease etc. I had no idea.

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  • Yuie TK

    We just wana see u paint,

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  • xParesh

    That improvement looks stunning! We too have this 'inoffensive' cream colour cabinets. I always thought grey would look more modern. Your kitchen looks amazing and very up to date. Good job. We'll be trying this ourselves.

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  • melissa wallace

    Looks fab๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š my kitchen does my head in … il think il do mine ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • sassafras and scraps

    I love grey! Is it still this color? I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Emma MacInnes

    Love the new colour. The grey really compliments the tiles. ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Frani Dance

    Primer to start, then what type of paint for the top coats?

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  • Mr Carrington

    Come and say hi on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ https://www.instagram.com/mistercarrington/

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  • Georgann Arsenault

    Your absolutely right buy the best when you buy brushes and rollers, makes the painting easier and the results are so much better. Money well spent. Looks amazing Mr. C! Your kitchen looks modern and clean. Great video.

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  • Maryam Ulhaq

    Master tips sir by the way but the colour of two wardrobes are parple with lilling is my style n my opinion .

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  • Sarah Lloyd

    Did u use a foam roller? Im currently doing priming my doors it says on the tin to wait 2 to 3 days before applying the paint but you did it after a day was all ok? I really donโ€™t want to wait that long before the top coat goes on ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

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  • Gary Smith

    Is this a new vlog Ewan or old? Enjoyed it any way, love your kitchen. Mr sexy:)

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  • Katie Flavell

    Hi I am wanting to do this but I was nervous about sanding the laminate. What grit sandpaper did you use?

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  • Kylina

    I'm wondering: did you paint the inside of your cupboards?

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  • Shannon Gallagher

    Your gorgeous!
    Im getting ready to paint my kitchen!!!

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  • James Green

    Oh my god what a crank.

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  • Sali's Show

    The units are looking great. Did you use the 750ml or 2.5l cans of paint?

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  • Christine Jackson

    Great job, love the tin foil tip,

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  • S P

    Boring monotone

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  • Megan Armstrong

    Are they laminate effect cupboards or are they solid wood?

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  • Michelle Yanlei

    It looks great, it doesnโ€™t matter about the colour itโ€™s how you did it. People are going to chooses their own colours anyway, but it looks really cool โค๏ธ

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  • Martine Adams

    Fabulous I been thinking about painting my kitchen itโ€™s small like yours I have done the walls but dislike the cabinets I love what youโ€™ve done x

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  • crrazyjoe

    Did you use the primer and paint on the same day?

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  • Peakey Vlogs

    You need to get a marble wrap on the counter tops it will make it look a lot better

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  • chelsey reynolds

    I loved this video mate – thank you!

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  • andreahaar60

    Oh my goodness! I just found this as Iโ€™m binge watching your content today. Your tips for using tinfoil are brilliant. Theyโ€™ll come in quite handy when I redo my cabinets.

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  • tixyb

    I've been wanting to do this for ages but wasn't sure how to go about it. Going to do the grey as it will go with everything else I have. Thank you

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  • karen Bee

    well done,im thinking of doing mine

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  • Donna D

    Did u paint the inside?

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  • Visual Mind

    Did you paint the insides as well?

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  • Darla Le-Grand-Sawyer

    Thank you! You've given me the courage to try this. Should I still use primer if the paint already has primer in it? The cabinets are a light green and changing them to Grey just like yours.

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  • Sparkle Fra

    Sorry if I missed this were your cupboards real beech or beech effect?

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  • Patricia King

    I want to paint my kitchen cabinets but bit nervous about it you made it look so easy

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  • Tim Wade

    Not bad at all!

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  • Sam Cross

    I love it im doing it

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  • Patricia King

    What sort of roller did you use

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  • Mrs B

    I love this so much, I'm going to do my kitchen the same colour now I've seen how good it can look. You've really given me the confidence to give it a go thanks.

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  • D Hathaway

    You have inspired me. Thank you. Project cupboard doors begins.๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Anne Devine

    I did the same twice๐Ÿ˜ฑ was originally pine. Used Annie Sloan both times ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ

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  • Natalie

    Thank you!

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  • Janet Brimston

    Hahahaha..topical student….willl,last a month or so…but looks ok now…

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  • Sylvia A

    Wow! I love the finish. Looks amazing.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

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  • Sylvia A

    Thank you for sharing also your tips so appreciate it.

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  • Arthur Daley

    Wilko primer LOL

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  • Virtually Vegan Lifestyle

    Thank you. Great vid, great advice, excellent colour choice and tip about Wilko. I'm going to do this ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿฝ

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  • Kimber WF

    I like it! Well done ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Jeanette Sitton

    A VERY nice video. Thank you. Would you kindly let me know the name of the paint and the primer, please, as I canโ€™t see it listed. Thanks. Kind regards. Jeanette

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  • Avery Thompson

    Mr. Carrington, Are those bottles of Comme des Garcons fragrances in the background on your chest of drawers? If so, great choices. Fun videos on painting as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Emma Oliver

    Morning I was thinking about using wilko paint for cupboards. After seeing this I will definately do this I picked whispering sage I think that's what it was called. I am gong to renovate after Christmas though. Thank you for your tips

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  • Michael Russell

    Grippy and painty ๐Ÿคฃ I'm geuinally amazed. I tiled the kitchen last year and couldn't/cant afford a new kitchen. Saved me a fortune! More money to get fat and sassy! Have a good a crimbo and new year dude ๐Ÿค—

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  • Adnan E

    Looks good

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  • Theresa Bell

    Good job the looks beaiitful

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  • Michael Hudecek

    Great video!! I do not like the color gray over white but your cabinets really look so much nicer after you painted!! Mike

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  • Alan D Mcleod

    looks cool! and cheaper than replacement doors. Good job, mate!

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  • orangedreamful

    thank you so much for this, bought some cupboard paint ages ago but was gripped(ha) by fear of messing it up. Watching this has given me the confidence to go ahead, really like your video, easy to follow and understand

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