I have questions and I hope for some help ?


I have some kitchen cabinets my husband let his daughter paint few years ago and they look awful but I didn’t say anything and I have waited so I can redo them over. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on new ones. Does anyone have any advice? They are all like this. 28 cabinets doors.

q i have questions and i hope for some help
q i have questions and i hope for some help
q i have questions and i hope for some help
q i have questions and i hope for some help
  16 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 25, 2021

    Why not let your husband's daughter sand these down so you can refinish them? It was her interesting paint job that got you in this situation.

    What color do you want to go with?

    Someone is going to have to sand that unique paint of the cabinets before you can do anything. Even using chalk paint the bad paint job would show thru.

  • Citristrip is a great product for removing paint. That would be my choice. You don't even have to remove all of the paint (if you are going to repaint). Get them smooth and then repaint.

  • Annie Annie on Sep 25, 2021

    It really looks like they weren't sanded down before being painted last time. And they really need to be. You can use a stripper, or sand down all the rough spots so everything is smooth.

  • Janice Janice on Sep 25, 2021

    Hi Tammy, It appears the painted areas were not allowed to dry enough before another coat was applied. I agree with Ann about removing the major paint using Citri-Strip. I trick I learned was to cover the Citri-Strip with a layer of plastic wrap or plastic bags cut apart. This keeps the Citri-Strip from drying out too quickly before it does its work. When ready to remove the Citri-Strip, scrape the major portion away along with most of the paint using a plastic scraper so as to not gouoge the wood cabinetry. Wipe away the remaining Citri-Strip with a damp paper towel or clean old rags you can toss. Rinse the Stripper away and dry. Repeat if necessary, then sand all until smooth to the touch. This will give you a new restart to redo the paint/stain however you wish. Take your time and try to enjoy the process.



  • William William on Sep 25, 2021

    She should have use a foam roller to paint. Looks like the paint was slopped on with a paint brush. Lots of runs, drips and build up. I agree with stripping the paint with Citristrip. Then sand smooth and repaint. Use a foam roller and foam brush. Just tell your daughter you want to redo the cabinets and if she's willing to help. Don't tell her she did a lousy job. She really really tried.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 25, 2021

    you could chalk paint them but sanding them down and starting over is your best bet to get out the imperfections

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 25, 2021

    Hello-resanding to smooth the rough areas would make the world of difference. It would be a transformation a difference to do a more careful prep and paint if you’re up for that option.

    I have not personally done this type of project. But I found the bloggers link very interesting. It seems to be a nice white cabinet refurb.

    It might be helpful to review.

    Hope this helps!.

    Pine Kitchen Before and After | Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 25, 2021

    You may want to get the paint off with a chemical paint remover, I would recommend Citristrip, a non toxic stripper. With the paint gone, sand and see how they look especially for texture. When you are ready to paint, use a roller, foam would be best. If you daughter is willing to help you, have ready all the supplies you'll need for the project and accept no shortcuts or substitutes.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 27, 2021

    Based on this photo, you will need to sand them to get out all of the mistakes. This is a time more than a money thing.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 27, 2021

    These cabinets are going to need total stripping and sanding. A good cleaning with either TSP or a cleaner degreaser. Then primed, lightly sanded and painted. Here is a great tutorial on painting and adding new molding https://inmyownstyle.com/diy-kitchen-makeover.html

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    • Dee Dee on Sep 28, 2021

      Take your time. Prep is everything. Use a primer, and a good latex acrylic paint. If you have a sprayer use it to avoid brush marks. Homax makes an inexpensive paint sprayer.

  • I would sand them down and repaint. We did the same thing. Lots of work, but it looked great and lasted...good luck!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 30, 2021

    I would lightly sand any bumps and lines out so smooth then wipe down then paint over

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Sep 30, 2021

    remove all the paint with paint remover and sand until very smooth, use primer and paint.

  • You can try using a paint stripper which would definitely remove the paint and the raised parts. You can also try sanding them. Make sure the area you do this in is well ventilated. Both options will get you back to an even surface.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2021

    Rub them all down until you get the smoothness you would like, then re-paint.

  • I really suggest to sand the down so that you can get the results you want.