How do I paint kitchen cabinets?
Hi ! I had 1970's builder grade oak cabinets . I hated the scalloped inset on the doors . I bought headboard and cut it to cover the inset section of the doors and glued it down . After much research I used Benjamin advances advance paint , it was $38 and I had plenty left over . What I liked about this paint was :
1- no sanding necessary
2- no primer needed
3- brushes and rollers wash off with soap & water
This paint dries hard like an enamel paint and holds up GREAT !!! I did my cabinets 2 years ago , couldn't be happier with the results .
You do need to prep your cabinets by cleaning them first , I recommend using 2 products made by Krud Kutter, first their de greaser , then their de glosser then
You're ready to paint ! Make sure you Mark where each door goes and do the same with all the hardware !!!!! This will save you a lot of time and aggravation later on .
You can see my step by step tutorial on this site called New kitchen on a budget .
Good luck !!!
Pat: maybe this will help
Your end product depends on the prep!!!!!! It depends on how great you want it to look in the end and if you want it to look GREAT ...believe me the PREP IS EVERYTHING.... it matters!!!! But definitely consider if these are cabinets that you will want keep for a long time and only go this route if you want to keep them for a while! The reason I say this is because this method will take a lot of your time and is tedious but will look like a professional finish job if you do it well.:
To go all in to get a GREAT result, that means, prepping by SANDING, PRIMING(maybe KILZ) and using steel wool between coats of primer(to get that super smooth finish) all BEFORE you paint. ALSO...the paints are a huge factor for kitchens and bathrooms. You will want to use something super heavy duty for that kind of traffic! Consider using a home paint sprayer for the job to get that super sleek pro finish. If you are putting the time in to prep the cabinets well and paint them well you will want a good paint that will last. Benjamin Moore ADVANCE!! $50 per gallon but it's so worth it!!! Use it in the sprayer! That paint is an excellent cabinet paint and you don't need a topcoat. I seriously just wipe it down when it gets dirty.
If you want to just change the color for a few years before you get new cabinets then there are definitely easier methods to paint them.(ie:spray painting) I just wanted to give you a lasting solution in case you didn't want to deal with chipping, brush marks and lots of wear in a short few years using other methods. Good luck!
If they are pure wood, clean with some dawn dish washing liquid...not much, rinse with damp cloth...allow to dry. Sand if pure wood...go ahead and paint if not.
If you have cable HGTV..Property Brothers perfect show to watch or any of their DIY programs