Penny Spencer Thompson
Penny Spencer Thompson
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Asked on Apr 9, 2013

How to re-do kitchen cabinets?

Cyndi Moore TippettKMS WoodworksPenny Spencer Thompson
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I would love to paint my Father's cabinets. The are at least 40 years old. Good condition. They have many layers of poly on them. There are many of them, so any suggestion on how to strip them easily would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
8 answers
  • Thomas Corliss
    on Apr 9, 2013

    Hello, there are many different approches that you could take. 1. use a deglosser and lightly sand. 2. Just lightly sand and then apply a coat of "surebond style" primer before painting. Here is an article on our website about painting kitchencabinets. http://tinyurl.com/b96ktp9

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 9, 2013

    You say "many layers of poly" ...so he has refinished these before? and Multiple times? some light sanding, tsp and basic paint prep should do the trick. The use of a primer will help.

  • Penny Spencer Thompson
    on Apr 10, 2013

    He has not refinished them before. I guess I did not mean many layers, but it just seems pretty thick. My husband is trying to scare me out of doing them. He re-did some years ago and was saying how hard it is. But I have been reading about all the new products on the market now. So a deglosser is that a stripper? I did read about the new Rustoleum products. They just make it look so simple.

  • PNP Craftsmen
    on Apr 10, 2013

    One of the issues with painting cabinets that have never been painted is that the original preparation done before finishing may not be sufficient to get the painted finish you want and there can be a lot of labor involved to get them in shape. For example, hole filling and grain and joints may not be up to par. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. Definitely sand and definitely use a "bonding type" primer - this is what is going to prevent chipping - go to a good independent or stand alone paint store where there is an expert and buy the best that is available locally to you. Try the back of a door and see if you like what you get. If there are a lot of details that need to be fixed and grain showing (that you do not like) consider a glaze over the paint to make them disappear into the overall effect, other wise you are in for a lot of filling and sanding.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 10, 2013

    Another unique concern with kitchen cabinets is grease and oil residues from cooking. Even the cleanest and best maintained homes will have this "invisible" residue. Some cleaning with some mineral sipirts, followed up with TSP, sanding and primer are steps to success.

  • Penny Spencer Thompson
    on Apr 11, 2013

    Thank you. They do have years of grease and residue on them. What do you think about the Rustoleum products?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 11, 2013

    A number of folks here have used rustoleum products with great results

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on Apr 12, 2013

    I have painted four sets of kitchen cabinets over the last 10 years and the best advice I can give you is DON"T SKIMP ON THE PREP WORK. Prep work is cleaning, sanding and priming. The more effort you put into the "prep" the happier you will be with the end product. Also, take the hardware off your cabinets and take your doors off before you start your work. If the cabinets are soft wood like pine then they should be fairly easy to paint. If they are hard wood like oak you might decide to clean, lightly sand and then re-stain them with a stain/poly finish. Painting kitchen cabinets is "not hard" , but it is time consuming. This will not be a two day project. If you have lots of time during the day, in other words, this isn't going to be an after work project; I would give myself at least a week.

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