How to paint over old stained wooden cabinets in kitchen

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  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Jul 07, 2018

    Remove the doors and all the hardware, that makes the job the easiest. Clean everything with a degreaser. Then, either sand or use a "liquid sandpaper" to rough up the surface. Then, give a good coat of primer to the cabinet doors and casing. Now you can paint. Depending upon the color and how good your paint is, you may need to do 2-3 coats, but it will be worth it. Use a brush and a small roller. The brush gets into all the nooks and crannies, the roller will give you a smoother finish. If you want a good finish, don't try to take any "shortcuts" such as not using primer before you paint, or trying to use paint/primer in one to get good coverage. You'll end up putting on extra coats and may not be satisfied with the finish you get. It's a lot of work and will probably take you at least a couple of days, so be prepared to live with a torn-apart kitchen for awhile! If you are really good with painting and using a sprayer, you could try spraying on several coats of paint rather than the brushing/rolling. That would speed up the process. It's not as easy as people make it look on tv, though!

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  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 07, 2018
    Degrease! Then use Liquid Sandpaper. Prime! Paint two coats of a semi-gloss latex. (Don't forget to take off hinges/hardware first --- or it will look like an amateur job. --- unless you want a ShabbyChic look.... then use Annie Sloan paint.)