How do I paint particle board kitchen cabinets?

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  • William William on Jan 01, 2019

    How to Paint Cabinets

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 100 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like KILZ. Acrylic or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd or oil-based paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 02, 2019


    William's answer above is perfect. I would suggest for the best and longest lasting results, that you make sure you allow plenty of time to let each coat dry before putting on another coat.

    And DO NOT try to skip the number of coats by putting on too much paint at one time.

    I painted out the trim on some press board bathroom cabinets 16 years ago in my dressing area and bathroom. Since I was still working at the time, I could only paint on the was really slow going since it was the tedious trim work I was painting. There is not a single speck of paint missing yet despite the humidity of the bathroom. The vanity area has double cabinets.

    I love these cabinets because they are covered in white Formica (which I really love...they have been in since 1985 and are still white and never peeled or cracked) but they needed updating. We added brass and ceramic handles. I don't have a photo of the original look, but am attaching the finished product.

  • Hi JoAnn! I can tell you how to paint your kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint! :)

    It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle:

    Step one: Clean with White Lightning

    Step two: Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

    Step three: Use Gator Hide for a water-repellent finish

    I am attaching some kitchens that have been painted with Dixie Belle Paint so you can see the outcome.

    Also, we did have a series of LIVE videos on a step by step tutorial of how to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you would like to watch them....

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