Can I paint these cabinets in a double wide mobile home ?


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q can i paint these cabinets in a double wide mobile home
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  • Janice Janice on Jan 05, 2022

    Hi Karen, Yes, you can paint your cabinets. There are many online tutorials about the process. Just be sure to clean well first. Youtube videos are available as well. In your case, the grain will likely still show through but look nice. You might consider taking a drawer or a cupboard door to you local paint store. They might suggest a stain.

  • You sure can! Be sure to clean them well and use a good primer first. Here's a link with more information:

  • William William on Jan 05, 2022

    Yes you can! NO PROBLEM

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 05, 2022

    Ok, those are some beautiful cabinets and as a personal view, I would hate to see them painted. Natural wood and wood grain is so gorgeous. what is it with you are the most dissatisfied about? You can restrain your cabinets darker, but not lighter. Take a look here at what is possible:

    Our Best Tips for Staining Cabinets (or Re-Staining) (

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 05, 2022

    Hi Karen, hope this helps you out, I love the look of chalk paint!

  • Sure looks like it's possible, yes. I used a kit by Rust-Oleum called Cabinet Transformations to paint my cabinets. You can see how I did it here:

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 06, 2022

    Hello Karen: Yup, you sure can paint your cabinets. First thing is to know that preparation of the surface is the way to get a satisfactory and long lasting job. That being said, check these sites about painting cabinets:

    Also, some new hardware would be nice.

    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 06, 2022

    Change the drawer pulls. Remove the door pulls from their current place and move to the lower corner of the door. Check out Heirloom Traditions paint. They run sales often and would be the least amount of work. You can normally get a free sample and try it on the base cabinets next to your stove.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jan 06, 2022

    Yes! Check out how I painted my cabinets over here - no sanding needed!!

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 07, 2022

    Absolutely Paint them. Some things to consider: Painting cabinets is a lot of work if you do it right, but worth the effort. I have painted so many cabinets over the years. Prep is the key. Skip on the prep and your paint will not hold up. Doors and hardware need to be removed to do a good job. Prop your doors up on can goods on your (protected) table to paint them if you don't have a garage space. If you change the color of the handles, change your hinges to match. Use a marker to label your doors. Write this under the hinge and put masking or painters tape over your label. After you paint, remove the tape and you will know which door goes where. I would remove the door handles and patch the holes and sand until completely smooth. Apply less rather than more patch filler, let dry, sand. Repeat if necessary. Don't check the patch with only your eyes. Close your eyes and run your fingers over the patch. If it feels completely smooth to your fingers, it is smooth. Move the door handles to the lower edge of door. Amazon carries beautiful handles that are inexpensive. Choose handles that will fit the hole spacing on your drawers. If you are not sure what that is, take a handle to your big box store and get someone there to tell you. I have always used a liquid sandpaper/deglosser to clean and prepare cabinets for primer--no need to sand. Use a primer that will stick to any surface. Use the very best primer available. The primer is the key to a good paint job. I use 2 thin coats of primer. Use a very high quality brush, or a high quality foam brush. Cheap tools will give you problems. If you accidentally leave a drip, sand smooth before moving to next step. You can use a semi-gloss or even a satin finish as long as you use a high quality paint. Use 2-3 thin coats of paint until you get the look you want. Thin coats will drip less. Don't try to get solid coverage with the first coat of primer or paint. The thin 2-3 coats will give you full coverage and look so much better than 1-2 thick coats. I know I keep harping on high quality, but cheap quality primer, paint, or tools will give you a cheap job that won't last and all your effort will have been wasted. Don't let this discourage you. Just allow enough time; do a good job; and enjoy your beautiful new cabinets for years! Best of luck.

    • Karen Karen on Jan 10, 2022

      Any special kind of primer and paint you would recommend being the best to use. I counted and have 31 to do plus the framing. Thanks

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 07, 2022

    Yes why not take handles off paint cabinets then add hardware back on

  • PJ PJ on Jan 08, 2022

    Having lived in a mobile home I know the cabinets are not always real wood. Ours had an almost paper like vaneer on them. That said, I wouldn't sand them for sure. Any liquid sanding product may not work either. If you really want to paint, maybe clean really well and then paint. Those mobiles have some funny quirks. Speaking from experience. Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Jan 08, 2022

    Of course you can paint those cabinets. Clean well withe either TSP or a good cleaner degreaser. You can even fill the holes left after you take the pulls off. Fill with wood filler or Bondo, sand down smooth with the cabinet. Use a good primer and a soft roller made for cabinets.. Lightly sand then paint with a good latex paint. You may need a couple of coats. I would change the handles on the draws as well.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 10, 2022

    Just paint the inside of the doors and not the frames.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jan 11, 2022

    I painted my kitchen cabinets with with chalk paint, here is how it went :

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 11, 2022

    Make sure you clean them with TSP first. Use a quality primer and paint and I would change out the hardware (and placement) it will give an instant update. Fill in the hardware holes with putty and sand lightly. It will make a huge difference. Good Luck and post pics once your done! We made over a kitchen at a rental home and I am attaching a photo if you'd like to see:

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 12, 2022

    Here is a link to some great primers: best-primer-cabinets. In my opinion, the primer is more important than the paint because it is what determines how well your paint stays on your cabinets. Choose a primer that has great adhesion to smooth surfaces and be sure to use liquid sandpaper/deglosser first. I have used this for all my projects without sanding. It causes your cabinets to become "tacky" so that the primer can grab the surface. Make sure you follow the directions carefully and you will have great results. I usually go over each section twice with a liberal amount of deglosser. Here is a link for some great paint choices: best-brands-of-paint-for-kitchen-cabinets-4801585. I personally like the look of a satin finish rather than semi-gloss because it gives a 'softer' look to the cabinets, but that is just me. With a high quality paint, the satin finish washes up just fine. Also, even if a paint says it does not need a primer, please use a primer anyway. Especially if going from dark to light. Your color will come out so much better. If you are choosing a color other than white or cream for your cabinets, you can have your primer tinted to a color that is close to you paint color. Hope this info helps and best wishes. If I can help with any other questions, please let me know. I have been painting cabinets (DIY, not professionally) for many years. I have painted all types of surfaces and they have all held up beautifully and I love helping other people.

  • Chelsey Chelsey on Jan 14, 2022

    You can get a white paint and paint them