Advice for Painting kitchen cupboards?

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  • Wan22905934 Wan22905934 on Jul 15, 2018

    i wish to take my wooden brown cupboard doors and make them white

  • Nancy Munsinger Nancy Munsinger on Jul 15, 2018

    First remove doors from cabinets, and hardware from doors, drawers, and cabinets. Paint depends on what the doors are made from. Are they wood or melamine? If wood, fill any defects with wood filler, sand till smooth and paint. I prefer to use a foam roller so that I don’t get any lint in the finish. After, dry give a lite sand to remove any lint and paint a second coat. Paint the frames of the cabinet boxes using the same process. Let dry well, at least 24 hours and then reattach hardware and put doors back on. If they are melamine you need to purchase paint that adheres to melamine. I believe that Rustoleum has cabinet paint that works for melamine. Follow the directions they give for painting melamine cabinets. I like to find a way to number cabinets and doors so that I get them back into their original spots when I rehang the doors. Good luck!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jul 15, 2018

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  • William William on Jul 15, 2018

    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 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, 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.