Dear Hometalk: How Can I Transform My Kitchen Cabinets?

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My parents just moved into a beautiful new home! However, it was built in the 70's & needed some updating.

They've worked so hard painting, laying floor, & updating the rest of the house & the last big project was the kitchen!

 My parents started by ripping up the teal carpet (yes- teal carpet in the kitchen) & my dad replaced the flooring 


Next, they replaced the lighting to recessed lighting.
They also replaced the kitchen hood & added some stainless steal appliances. Already - so much better!

But the cabinets still needed some help..
Now, to get started painting!

First, we took a trip to Home Depot to pick out the paint & primer. We purchased Zinsser BIN Primer.
For the paint - (There are so many shades of white!) My parents knew they would be replacing the countertops at a later date so they wanted a white with a little bit of a greyish hue to balance the color of the countertops. We decided on a color called "Frost 57." We decided to go with a satin enamel finish. When painting cabinets you don't want to go with a matte finish because it will be hard to clean - we didn't want it to be super shiny but that's just personal preference. High Gloss or Semi Gloss finish would be the easiest to clean. We purchased Behr Marquee paint because we didn't want to have to do too many coats. This paint is a little on the more expensive side (around $50 a gallon) but it's worth it! We only had to do one full coat with a few touch ups.
First, we emptied the cabinets and got everything off the countertops.
Next, we laid down a tarp to protect the floors & began unscrewing the knobs. (You can also add a tarp to the countertops but we decided not to - we did however carry around a wet washcloth just in case anything dripped on them).

We decided we didn't mind painting over the cabinet hinges so we did not remove the doors, but that was our choice. You can also remove the doors to get a more precise paint job.
After that we cleaned & degreased the cabinets. We poured vinegar in a spray bottle & wiped down the cabinets. We then sanded down the cabinets to remove the finish that were on them to allow the paint to soak in.
We then began applying the primer. You will want to make sure the primer is mixed well before painting. Also a warning - primer is very runny! It's much thinner than paint - so the tarp will be your best friend at this point. We decided to not be too precise with the primer because it was running - so we put it on the outside of the cabinet doors & covered the frame as much as we can without being too precise. Since it was so runny we also decided we didn't want to prime the inside of the doors, but for the best coverage you can prime the inside too!
We let our primer dry overnight to make sure it was completely dry & next it was time for the paint! You will also want to make sure the paint is completely mixed well. The strategy that worked best for us was using a brush to paint the frame & inside the crevices of the cabinet door & then coming back & using a roller on the inside & outside of the door. You will want to use a roller where ever you can to eliminate brushstrokes.
If the roller won't fit in certain places - that's okay! You just may have to come back & do a second coat in those areas. Like I said before, this paint was worth it! We only had to do one full coat with a few touch ups - particularly on the parts that weren't fully covered in primer.

We let the cabinets dry (this didn't take too long!) & then we were ready for the knobs! We purchased our knobs at build.com.
These cabinets are a breath of fresh air in this kitchen!
I even love how the outdated details of the cabinet transformed with a little bit of paint! It's amazing what you can do in a weekend!

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  • Ruth Ruth on May 16, 2018

    When you sanded the finish off, didn't everything in the house get really dusty?


  • Bea29565999 Bea29565999 on May 16, 2018

    My cabinets are not real wood, would it be abke to be painted, were those cabinets real wood?

    • Dustin Estes Dustin Estes on May 16, 2018

      Yes you can, you can paint almost any and everything. The key is prep work and proper supplies. Another option is replacing the doors and drawer fronts and an excellent source for those is www.cabinetdoorsunlimited.com. they ate a us company located in Oklahoma and do excellent work in a very timely manner at a very affordable price.

  • Deedee McConaghy Deedee McConaghy on May 16, 2018

    how do you remove mildew from patio custions

    • Gre14809484 Gre14809484 on May 16, 2018

      Use vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe off. Leaving them in direct sunlight for a while after will help prevent it returning. If they are color safe, than a bleach spray will work great too.

    • Beverly Larter Jones Beverly Larter Jones on May 16, 2018

      There is also a product out there called "30 second outdoor cleaner" which can be used to clean siding, decks etc. It has worked well for me to clean cushions also. I got mine at Ace Hardware.


    • Joan Joan on May 16, 2018

      Blue dawn and baking soda scrub brush

    • Trici Gilliam Trici Gilliam on May 16, 2018

      Only borax kills the root of mold spores. Clean them with whatever method you want, bleach, laundry detergent, vinegar. Then clean them with a solution of 1 cup per gallon of borax ($3 at Wal-Mart in the laundry department). Use very hot water to dissolve the borax. After you've cleaned them with borax, use a new batch of borax mix to apply and let dry. This works on basement walls, bathrooms......

  • Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins on May 16, 2018

    How do u paint paneling

    • Rap3000736 Rap3000736 on May 16, 2018

      Following . I have the same problem.

    • Marlene Kendall Tyree Marlene Kendall Tyree on May 16, 2018

      I sanded mine to rough it up then gave it a coat of primer then painted it! I have had it painted for 7 years now even changed paint colors no problems!

    • Melinda Lockwood Melinda Lockwood on May 16, 2018

      Clean and lightly sand the paneling. If you want the lines from the panels to show, prime and paint. If you don’t, buy paintable wallpaper (usually near the paint department at Home Depot, Menards or Lowe’s). Apply the wallpaper, let dry, paint. This wallpaper comes in a number of finishes. It works great but be warned that it is difficult to cut so measure carefully and take your time. The finished product should look great!

    • Cheryl Schoch Cheryl Schoch on May 16, 2018

      I sanded it lightly and wiped it down before primer and painting it.I used small brush to paint in grooves then used roller for flat surfaces

    • Ter19027285 Ter19027285 on May 16, 2018

      I used primer and then two coats of paint. I left the lines in the paneling. It gave it a beachy feeling.

    • Trici Gilliam Trici Gilliam on May 16, 2018

      You can sand, but wipe down with degreaser or vinegar. If you don't want the lines, fill with mud (general purpose or finish). After it dries you will sand or use a damp cloth or sponge to smooth the edges. Then prime and paint.

  • Karla Moore Karla Moore on May 16, 2018

    Did you think about painting the brick an accent color with white in the grout for a outlined look?

    • Lilpixiestixxx Lilpixiestixxx on May 16, 2018

      I agree with you the brick looks out of place now {BUT that's just my personal thing they may love it like it is}.

    • Jan Jan on May 17, 2020

      The brick looks great.... if it was not red.

      Greyer cabinet color and paint the bricks white.

  • Amy Collier Gilbert Amy Collier Gilbert on May 16, 2018

    This looks fantastic! I do have one question though. I noticed that you painted right over the door hinges. Will that not peel? Thanks

    • Bijous Bijous on May 16, 2018

      It does have a tendency to peel, but the primer helps to prolong the paint on the hinges.

    • Jan Jan on May 17, 2020

      I would never paint over hinges. If you are not going to remove the doors, I would tape off the hinges or replace them.... yes, you would have to remove the doors.

      In my younger days of living in rentals, the paint on hinges (by landlords) always came off and eventually looked awful.

  • Lki32893065 Lki32893065 on May 16, 2018

    you did a great job on the cabinets. Did you know they now make a product to “renew” your counter tops if that might be a good temporary fix that looks nice until you want to get the real thing? Since money was a little tight when I redid my kitchen, had I know about this stuff I could have waited a while to replace the tops.

    • Evelyn Herbold Evelyn Herbold on May 16, 2018

      Can you tell me the name of the product to "renew" the counter tops?


    • Jeannie.mcquaid Jeannie.mcquaid on May 16, 2018

      When the cabinets were brown, the countertop looked dingy blah. But with the white cabinets, the yellow pops and compliments the warm tones in the brick...I kind a like it.

    • Cheryl VanWagner Hamons Cheryl VanWagner Hamons on May 16, 2018

      Looks great! I just used spread stone on my counter tops. Easy to do and looks great. I love it!

    • Vicki Lanzing Vicki Lanzing on May 16, 2018

      We’re in Albuquerque and there is a company called Get A Grip that refinished Old Formica countertops. It’s been about 4 years but I think we paid less than $2000 to do our average sized kitchen and a small 1/2 bath counters. Super happy with it and it has worn well. They have a good selection of colors. Look them up online to get the wording for searching a similar company locally.

    • Lki32893065 Lki32893065 on May 19, 2018

      Rustoleum is one brand.

  • Carol Carol on May 16, 2018

    I painted my kitchen cabnets with chalk paint. Im not happy with it in the long run. How hard is it to remove or what is the best way to remove/repaint over it?

    • Robert Cadenhead Robert Cadenhead on May 16, 2018

      Same as this DIY.

      Sand to smooth out any roughness from the chalk paint.

      light coat of Zinzer primer.

      Paint with Behr premium.



  • Cathy Waterstradt Cathy Waterstradt on May 16, 2018

    Did u redo the floor?

    • Bev Bev on May 16, 2018

      She mentions that her father replaced the old flooring which had been teal carpet... the new wood floors look great!

  • Pamela Zeimet Pamela Zeimet on May 16, 2018

    White wash the brickwork?

  • Debbie Debbie on May 16, 2018

    Have you thought of painting the brick a warm tone, darker than the cabinets but lighter and less heavy that the natural brick tone? Painted brick looks great and would complete your make over

  • Jeanie Argento Jeanie Argento on May 16, 2018

    Can I do this if I have laminate cabinet doors and drawers?

    • Rhonda Beirne Rhonda Beirne on May 16, 2018

      I found chalk paint works great on laminate surfaces, plus i put the wax they sell to seal it...but if it is going to be in a moist area, i also polyurethane over everything the paint the wax then polyurethane......

    • The Trans Am Ranch The Trans Am Ranch on May 16, 2018

      Yes you can. I did. I just sanded them lightly ( for a better grip for the primer) then I primed and painted.

  • Debbie Adamick Debbie Adamick on May 16, 2018

    I have these same exact cabinets. I don't see the lines when you were finished. Did you fill all of them in with paint?

    • Kati Heintzman Kati Heintzman on May 16, 2018

      I can see them. It may be the lightness of the paint and light reflection in the photo. You could easily fill those in and sand them to remove them if you did paint yours. Wood filler would do the trick.

  • Cecilia Huether Cecilia Huether on May 16, 2018

    Did it take only 1 gallon of paint for all of your cabinets.

  • Woo12913271 Woo12913271 on May 16, 2018

    We had that faux brick in our media room in our former home. What do you think of white washing the brick to brighten the kitchen even more? I'd love to see photos of THAT!!

  • How to chalk paint cubboards an other furnitures

  • Emily Pomrenke Emily Pomrenke on May 16, 2018

    Can cabinets be painted with paint that has primer already in the paint?

    • Angel R Angel R on May 16, 2018

      Yes! Ive done it.again..buy the good stuff,its worth it.you will use more paint going with the combined type.

    • Rubi Bennett Rubi Bennett on May 16, 2018

      Thanks

    • Therese Cataldo DeFelice Therese Cataldo DeFelice on May 16, 2018

      Speaking from an awful experience..... definitely not. All cabinets need primed before using paint with primer. If not, it peels😩

    • Jan Jan on May 17, 2020

      It really depends on the quality of paint/primer mix. Prep work is essential to paint not peeling. If you do not sand the old finish or paint off or at least rough it up good, it will peel or flake.

      I would suggest a paint made for cabinets. Behr and Valspar both make great cabinet paints that do have primer in them.

      Spaying it on gives a better finish as well.

  • Donna Donna on May 16, 2018

    I sooooooo want to paint my kitchen cabinets...... it's amazing how much larger your parents kitchen looks now. Wanna come help me?????

  • Lynne Whittington Lynne Whittington on May 16, 2018

    Why did you leave the red brick ???

    • Margaret Green Margaret Green on May 16, 2018

      Maybe they'll take down the brick when they do the countertops.

    • 9530106 9530106 on May 16, 2018

      It appears they put the brick up. I was going to suggest they remove, also, then noticed the "mortar" on the wall. My age, we cringe, because it takes us back to the "faux brick era"! Just goes to show you, what is old is new again. Well, maybe. :)

    • Becky Becky on May 16, 2018

      I like the brick - it gives the room some character! And I do love white kitchen cupboards too - very nice!

    • N S N S on May 16, 2018

      A light german smear would look nice

    • M.hiltgen M.hiltgen on May 16, 2018

      Nice work on the cabinets but if you painted those bricks a grey color, they would look nicer andbe more up to date and not look like the outside garden wall in your kitchen. :)

    • Vicki Stowell Petzold Vicki Stowell Petzold on May 16, 2018

      I like the brick. Good job

    • Jackie I Jackie I on May 16, 2018

      Taking that brick down is going to require all new drywall. That’s when you do new counters.

    • Donna Syrios Donna Syrios on May 16, 2018

      I did the same to my cabinets several years ago, I've never been sorry. I also white glazed the red brick on the back splash that is the same your parents have. Then we put in off white ceramic tile on the floor. All the white just opened up a very dark, dismal looking before, galley kitchen. What a huge difference. It's like a brand new bright kitchen.

    • Sharon Porter Sharon Porter on May 16, 2018

      I love the cabinets, love the bricks, and most of all, that you helped your parents with a huge undertaking. Dad did a very good job on the floor. Love it when people post their ideas so I can expand my knowledge.

    • 153091 153091 on May 17, 2018

      Very nice do-over!

      Are you going to touch up/change a few/paint-match several bricks?.. Seems like too many red bricks all together..... over the window.

      Really nice that this was a family affair....that makes it much more SPECIAL.

      Really VERY NICE! Happy cooking....


    • 153091 153091 on May 17, 2018

      Very nice do-over!

      Are you going to touch up/change a few/paint-match several bricks?.. Seems like too many red bricks all together..... over the window.

      Really nice that this was a family affair....that makes it much more SPECIAL.

      Really VERY NICE! Happy cooking....


  • Sue Mobley Sue Mobley on May 16, 2018

    what is German Smear?


    • Iris Limardo Iris Limardo on May 16, 2018

      The German Smear is a mortar wash technique. Instead of paint, you smearmortar mixed with cement over the brick to white it out. Unlike paint or lime, mortar does not penetrate the brick but instead covers it and creates texture.


    • Iris Limardo Iris Limardo on May 16, 2018

      The German Smear is a mortar wash technique. Instead of paint, you smearmortar mixed with cement over the brick to white it out. Unlike paint or lime, mortar does not penetrate the brick but instead covers it and creates texture.

  • Rainy Nigg Rainy Nigg on May 16, 2018

    Just curious as to why small round knobs on the large cabinet doors and large pulls on the small drawers?

  • Robin Robin on May 16, 2018

    I love it! Did painting over hindges cause a problem?

    • Nevada Cindy Nevada Cindy on May 17, 2018

      Mine caused the problem of running paint drips, however, I used a cheaper paint. Mine was $28.00 per gallon. I actually used exterior paint because I find it works better in kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Kim Compo Kim Compo on May 16, 2018

    Did you paint the backside of thr doors too?

  • JudyH JudyH on May 17, 2018

    Why in the world didn't you paint the cabinets BEFORE installing the new floor and new appliances?

  • Sherris Sherris on May 17, 2018

    Looks much better. I think you should have done something with the faux brick. It was faux, right? If real brick, painting it distressed white would have looked nice.

    • Kelly Kel Kelly Kel on May 17, 2018

      I was thinking the same thing! They did a good job though on everything.

  • Danielle Danielle on May 17, 2018

    This certainly is a night and day transformation, though I would have gone with a much different shade on the cabinets, or toned the brick down a lot with some grey and white paint. It's a really stark contrast as it is, but as long as your parents love it that's what matters. Here's a money saving tip for them about the countertops, too. Instead of investing to replace the 70's ugliness it looks like the counters are in great shape, so why not either have someone come in and epoxy them or DIY it? They could save a couple thousand over doing granite and get the exact color they want.

  • Joan Bass Joan Bass on May 17, 2018

    Did you just paint over the hinges? Is the paint chipping off them?

    • Soc13394177 Soc13394177 on May 19, 2018

      i would take the hinges off to paint the cabinets anyway--then just replace the hinges with new. They aren't that expensive and it will give it a much nicer look!

    • Rynn Rynn on May 21, 2018

      I like the painted hinges; this showcases the lovely new hardware. (In a re-model last year, I purposely blotched the hinges imperfectly to give it a worn look.) Awesome MAKEOVER, folks. And as she said in the commentary, you can adjust your plan to suit your tastes. Beautiful job!!!!

  • Marlene Marlene on May 18, 2018

    My cabinets are made with a "plastic." Can I paint over them???

    Thank you.

    • Jan Jan on May 17, 2020

      What do you mean by "plastic"?

      If you mean laminate, then ...Yes. You have to "lightly" sand and use a good primer that works well on laminate.

      Then paint away!!

  • Alba Stavreti Alba Stavreti on May 21, 2018

    No protective sealant to protect the paint?

  • Las33345415 Las33345415 on May 21, 2018

    I have a paper type substance on my cabinets in a mobile home and pressed wood I think the paper is peeling around the handles what’s the best way to touch up these

    • Kim Markey Kim Markey on May 21, 2018

      I have the same vinyl-ish covering on my cabinets. I am going to peel that off and paint. I have already had the pulls installed, since my cabinets had none; I just have to make a final decision on cabinet color(s).

    • Las33345415 Las33345415 on May 21, 2018

      Thank you for the great idea is there an easy way to get the vinyl ish paper off and do you plan on sanding them down?

  • Tracy Young Tracy Young on May 21, 2018

    Taking off the doors before painting might have been so much easier. Also, did you change the backsplash? Is it real brick or just mactack? If it’s brick you could paint it too.

    • Milagros Pacheco Milagros Pacheco on May 21, 2018

      My kitchen cabinets not from real wood, they're from the cheapest wood i don't know how to call it,can i paint them. Can you explain me how please.

    • Kim Markey Kim Markey on May 21, 2018

      I think the brick would look stunning in high gloss black, then when they add the grey-ish counter tops, they will be all set. Black would add drama and they could add a few green/flowering plants on the counters for natural color.

    • Tess Tess on May 21, 2018

      I once bought a house with a very similar kithen - brick backspash and all. I ended up painting the brick in gloss paint. It made a huge difference....as though the brick disappeared, and it was much easier to keep clean!

    • Chrissie Gallagher Chrissie Gallagher on May 21, 2018

      we did that and i loved it

  • Sylvia Connolly Sylvia Connolly on May 21, 2018

    Were your cabinets wood. Mine are formica over pressed wood. Can it be sandpapered and Would paint adhere to that

  • Hi I love the way your cabinets came out. My question is what kind of roller did you use for the primer and for the paint?

  • Michelle Michelle on May 30, 2018

    I love the outcome of this project and some of the ideas in the comments as well. I was wondering how many gallons of paint it took for all of those cabinets?

  • Kim Compo Kim Compo on Jun 06, 2018

    What other colors are being used in kitchens for cabinets? It's a very small room in a mobile home, walls are peach, what would you suggest for the cabinets and doors?

  • Joann Felters Joann Felters on Jun 07, 2018

    The finished product looks great! I would like to know if you used white or red cider vinegar for your cleaning process. I have white cabinets that need to be cleaned.

    • Wxw Wxw on Jun 16, 2018

      Typically, white vinegar is used for household cleaning.

    • Joann Felters Joann Felters on Jun 16, 2018

      Rtw, thank you! I wrote a comment on a different project today and thought of this question. I somehow thought it was white, but wanted to be sure. I appreciate your answer.

    • Vicki Vicki on Mar 28, 2019

      White vinegar

    • Joann Felters Joann Felters on Mar 28, 2019

      Since asking the original question, I have seen some other posts for cleaning kitchen appliances and cabinets; and have cleaned my cabinets using white vinegar, blue Dawn, and Arm & Hammer baking soda. Very good outcome!

      Thank you for your response.

  • Maggie Trigg Maggie Trigg on Jun 08, 2018

    I love red kitchen cabinets! Is it practical?

    • Neva Dew Neva Dew on Jun 10, 2018

      Practical - as in keeping resale value up? Then I would say no. But if you like red, go for it! Paint is paint - no matter what pigment color is in it. Seems to me red would show less dirt and marks than the white ones.

  • Jan Smith Jan Smith on Mar 21, 2019

    I love this and the color! You stated you used Frost 57, but in the Resources list it says Falling Snow. I want the one with a hint of grey.

    • Leslie Glass Leslie Glass on Jun 19, 2019

      Hometalk does the items list not the person doing the diy. I would say it’s the one she wrote about.

  • Coletta Coletta on Aug 09, 2019

    My kitchen is very dark. Dark cabinets and back splash. How can I lighten my kitchen with the cabinets I already have ?


  • Barbara Okae Barbara Okae on Oct 19, 2019

    Can you paint outdated Formica (laminated )kitchen cabinets?

    • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on May 17, 2020

      You can paint ANYTHING. Just be sure you get the right paint and use an oil based primer.

    • Pineapple Pineapple on May 17, 2020

      Of course! Just use a good bonding primer.

    • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on May 17, 2020

      Clean, sand, clean again, prime paint and possibly add a top clear coat for best results with most paints, but always read directions. I actually prefer to sand really well then stain, stains come in all hues now and you never need to worry about chipping. Personal preference, painted cabinets are pretty.

    • Pam Pam on May 17, 2020

      a good alkyd paint will work well. i painted my laminate countertops and cabinets about 10 yrs ago and cabinets are holding strong, the countertops have some wear in the most used spots

    • Barbara Okae Barbara Okae on May 17, 2020

      Thank you. Did you mean acrylic paint

    • Suzanne Brodie Suzanne Brodie on Sep 06, 2020

      Was there a mistake with 'alkyd'? Not sure what you could mean here but would be interested to know.


  • Janet Janet on May 17, 2020

    Looks very nice however in the ffirst set of pictures the cabinet has a slat look to it yet as it goes on the pictures show no slat look. What was used to fill the space on the slats as the finished project shows no slat appearance?

    • Jeanette Knox Jeanette Knox on May 17, 2020

      Look closer, the groves are still there!


    • BrokeCrazyLady BrokeCrazyLady on May 17, 2020

      Watch the video. Around 4 1/2 minutes in you see the grooves are still there.

    • Pat in VW Pat in VW on May 20, 2020

      We had cabinets just like these and we used wood filler in the grooves before painting. Now the cabinet doors look perfectly smooth.

    • Kelli Cook Kelli Cook on Jun 17, 2020

      Turned out nice. I’m surprised you didn’t remove the doors and drawers. I’m going to try your way.

  • Pammie348 Pammie348 on May 19, 2020

    my kitchen has the laminate cabinets in them. How can I update these other then buying new cabinets? I've thought of painting them but I can't sand them . I'm afraid the laminate will peel.

    • Patty LeVasseur Patty LeVasseur on May 19, 2020

      i would sand them with a 120 grit sand paper. GO OVER LIGHTLY dont go deep. just enough to "rough" up the surface texture so the HEAVY DUTY PRIMER .will adher to it... full dry.... then get whatever color you want for the paint. IF WORSE CAME TO WORSE.. you could even do RUSTOLIUM PAINT but PRIME FIRST!!!! rustolium is awesome;];];] my bathroom is originally HOT HOT PINK!!!when i moved in...YUCK!!!!!!!!!! so i taped off the trim/ and counter top/cabinets. and primed every spot i could get a brush into... leave it for a wk to maake sure it cured... then when i got rustolium paint ..IT WORKED !!!! and still looks as great as when i first did it ;];];] 19 yrs ago;];];];];]

    • Sharon King Baker Sharon King Baker on May 18, 2021

      We redid ours many years ago. There was a primer, made specifically for laminated cabinets, we bought at our Ace Hardware store, no sanding needed. Rolled than on and let it dry. Then we just used wall paint on our cabinets and polyed over that. They have held up well.

    • Nonni Nonni on May 18, 2021

      Hi Pammie,

      check out retinue it. This can be painted on and it will change the look to wood. It is a thin layer of wood that you are applying. You can purchase kits on Amazon.

    • Kimzbizz Kimzbizz on May 25, 2021

      Use chalk paint it will paint right over that laminate.

  • Dorothy Mercer Roberts Dorothy Mercer Roberts on May 17, 2021

    When you open your cabinet drawers is there not a strip not painted? I can see leaving the doors but the drawers always have 1/2 inch or so over hang or they do on mine.

    • Donna Belvees Donna Belvees on May 18, 2021

      You don't leave the drawers fully pushed in while you paint. Pull them out a few inches and leave them in place. You will have enough room to paint the frames behind the drawers. Bonus, you won't have to try to remember which drawer goes where!!!

    • Jan Jan on May 18, 2021

      Taking drawers out is not as hard as removing doors/hinges, etc. You can paint and then put the drawer back in and leave it pulled out until paint completely cures.



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