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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
January 25, 2019

Replacing cabinets is a great way to upgrade your kitchen, but it is also very expensive. So, why not do it yourself? With these simple by-step instructions, you can transform the look of your kitchen in a weekend.


You Will Need:

  • Screwdriver

  • Flat medium-sized paint brush

  • Medium to fine grit sandpaper

  • Dropcloth

  • Painters tape

  • Paint primer

  • Paint

  • (Tip: Be sure to get the right color. Test a spot on your cabinet to make sure before you get started.)

  • Optional: Paint stripper and scraper, Wood filler and putty knife.

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Empty all of your cabinets. Remove doors, drawers, and hardware, making sure to store hardware together in labeled bags. Use painter’s tape to label your doors and drawers to remember which cabinet they go to. Use wood filler on any nicks and dings. For painted cabinets, use paint stripper and scrape away any paint before sanding. Clean everything with a simple degreasing solution. Use a drop cloth to cover the floor and countertops. Sand everything down with the grain, making sure to wipe off the dust with a damp cloth afterward.

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Start by painting a primer coat on first the frame of the cabinets, and then shelves, doors, and drawers. For laminate cabinets, use a bonding primer. Remember to paint with the grain of the wood, using a flat brush for fine details, corners and edges, and a foam roller for larger flat surfaces. For doors, use painters’ tripods to steady them as you paint. The primer coat does not have to look perfect. Remember to avoid getting paint on the sides of drawers though, as it may cause sticking. Allow the primer coat to dry completely before lightly sanding any raised brush strokes to keep a smooth surface for painting.

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Avoid any high gloss or flat finish paints. A semi-gloss or satin finish acrylic latex paint is best for kitchens, as they are easy to clean and don't show finger marks as easily. Just like with the primer, use a flat brush for more detailed and smaller areas, and a foam roller for larger flat areas. After your paint has completely cured, you can reassemble your doors and drawers, and replace the hardware. Be sure to use a manual screwdriver, as a power drill can strip the screw or mar the finish.

Congratulations, your new kitchen is complete!

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