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  • Shakopee, MN
Asked on Apr 20, 2019

How do you paint cupboards?

A.V. Does WhatRebecca TaylorMegan


We have oak cupboards and woodwork. What is the best method and paint to use?

4 answers
  • William
    on Apr 20, 2019

    How to Paint Cabinets

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like KILZ. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

  • Megan
    on Apr 21, 2019

    Hi Cathy, you can paint kitchen cabinets with a chalk based paint or a mineral paint. They require no sanding. I've used Annie Sloan on several kitchen cabinets with great results. Jolie and Dixie Belle also work well. :) You can check out my post on painting kitchen cabinets with chalk paint here. :)

  • Rebecca Taylor
    on Apr 21, 2019

    Hi William, I didn't want to have to sand mine so I added 1 part water based polyurethane to my paint. I figured the poly would adhere to the poly that was already on the cabinets. It worked like a dream and my cabinets look great and best of all, no sanding. I am not a pro, this is just what worked for me.

  • A.V. Does What
    on Apr 25, 2019

    You cannot go wrong with chalk paint! No sanding or priming but make sure you clean it first.

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