First things first, do a little research depending on the look you want and the materials you’re planning to use.
Determine what your cabinets are made out of and measure your hardware.
My cabinets were wooden with 3″ hardware holes.
This determined what kind of primer I needed to use, and the hardware measurements helped me determine if I wanted to keep the same size or fill my holes and find new.
These initial steps will help you plan accordingly as you dive in.
Now let’s dig into the details.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
After you know what you’re working with, it’s time to gather your materials.
Here’s what I used…
- Bulls Eye Primer
- Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Paint in Pure White by Sherwin Williams (Satin Finish)
- Cabinet Door Pulls
- Cabinet Drawer Pulls
And here are the tools I needed…
- HART Tools Drill
- HART Tools Orbital Sander
- Yattich Paint Sprayer
- Foam Paint Rollers
- Wooster Paint Brushes
- Plastic Tarps
STEP 2: DISASSEMBLE YOUR CABINETS & FILL YOUR HARDWARE HOLES IF NEEDED
This is as simple as it sounds! Simply take all your cabinet hardware off, take your cabinet doors off their hinges, and remove the hinges from the cabinets.
Don’t forget to remove your drawer faces, too.
Make note of which cabinet door and drawer belongs where, and the same goes for the hinges! This will make reassembly much easier.
I used sticky notes to tell me which door belonged where and kept my hinges placed in the cabinets next to where each belonged. You could also use plastic bags to label your hinges.
If you’re planning to purchase a different size of hardware for your doors and drawers, this is where you would fill your hardware holes with plastic wood.
If you’re using the same size hardware, just leave them as is.
STEP 3: SAND THEM DOWN
Also a simple step! Just take your cabinet doors and drawers and lightly sand them down.
I used an electric sander, but you could also use a fine-grit sandpaper to do the job.
You don’t need to completely remove the finish. You’re just giving your primer something to bond to with this step.
If you filled your hardware holes, make sure you sand those down until they’re flush with the wood.
STEP 4: PRIME
Once your doors and drawers are sanded, it’s time to prime! The primer I used is made to adhere to wood and other materials.
Depending on what your cabinets are made of, you might need to purchase a special primer.
I used my foam rollers and brushes to do this step, but you could use a sprayer if you prefer. Simply give everything you’re planning to paint one good coat of primer.
This includes the cabinet frame! Don’t forget about that.