How to Paint Cabinets

Painting cabinets is a fun way to update your bathroom, kitchen, or any room in your house where you have old cabinets that could use a make-over. What type of paint should you choose? What essential things do you need to know for your DIY cabinet project? Find the answers to your questions in our discussion boards, videos, and top projects.

Revive Cabinets with Paint

Label each piece of the cabinet

Make a sketch of the piece or room from which you're removing the cabinets, then label the pieces you're painting for quick reassembly.

Ensure the surfaces are clean

Use grease cutting soap to clean the surface of the cabinet. Once dry, dust the shelves and cabinets with a dust cloth.

Sand cabinets until smooth

Sand the cabinet lightly with 120-grit sandpaper before painting in order to give the paint a good surface to grip onto.

Use a fast drying primer

To complete the project in a timely manner, choose a fast drying primer. Make sure that it’s compatible with the paint being used.

Paint cabinets using desired color

Before you commit to a color, paint samples on one of the cabinet to see how they'll look, using two coats to get the full effect.

Top Projects for Painting Cabinets

Painting your cabinets yourself? Here are the top Hometalk projects to guide you.

DIY Cabinet Painting Videos

We have gathered the best cabinet painting DIY video tutorials for you here.

How to Easily Create Gorgeous Mosaic Walls

There is something very modern and funky about unique geometric patterns. They are not only the perfect paint treatment to add depth, dimension, and pattern to a statement wall but can make a nursery look absolutely delightful.

Paint Your Walls Easily . . . and Change the Whole Vibe!

I was thoroughly tired of the beige walls in my kitchen. I chose that colour, Stonehouse by Benjamin Moore, originally to go with my flooring and dinnerware (Bazaar Brown from Walmart). Yes, it matched well. However, I am just beiged out. I have a love affair with grey that could not be ignored any longer!Here's the 'before' picture:

Dreamy Ombré Wall - Tutorial

I wanted to do something different with my master bedroom walls. My original plan was to build a super original and rustic headboard, but that would take time, money and skills I didn't have, so I decided to stay in my comfort zone: paint. And I couldn't be happier with the result.

Tips & Tricks You Must Know to Stencil Walls Like a Pro

How to Stencil a DIY Accent Wall on a BudgetCutting Edge Stencils is going to teach you how to stencil corners and edges with ease! Inspired by Moroccan designs of the past, this intricate geometric pattern is so popular today. Our tile stencils are fabulous on walls, back splashes or in place of floor cement tiles. Our tile stencil designs are super easy to use and provide big savings to more costly alternatives of wallpaper and floor tiles. You can create fabulously ornate, beautiful accent walls with this moroccan design. This Tile stencil features an easy registration system, just use parts of the previously painted design to align and lock in the stencil, check for level and continue. This gives you a seamless “wallpaper” look. Don’t worry about super perfect alignment: in the end your eye will never ever notice the discrepancy.

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