How to Paint a Built-in to Match Your Trim

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Do you have a built-in that needs some updating? If so, here’s an EASY way to give that built-in a whole new look!

Step One

Generously spray TSP cleaner on your wood and scrub with a microfiber cloth.

Step Two

With an orbital sander OR just plain old sandpaper, sand your built-in. Your goal is to take off any glossy finishes and rough it up enough that the paint will adhere to the surface long term.

Step Three

With TSP, scrub your built-in again. You’ll need to remove any dust, dirt and grime. Let your built- in completely dry before doing the next step.

Step 4

Apply a high quality primer. I used a 1 1/2 inch angled brush to help get the edges precisely.

Step Five

After your primer is completely dry, apply your paint. I used Sherwin Williams Trim Paint in Dover White to match the trim color of my home. Once your first coat dries add another coat. I ended up using three coats of paint on the outsides of my built-in. Let the paint sit for a minimum of 24 hours before using it.


See for yourself how easy this is... even the busiest of moms have time for this one.

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