How to paint kitchen cabinets

I have a very dated kitchen with solid wood cabinets. I would like to paint the cabinets but not sure if that will look good. They are your typical oak cabinets and look ok, but I'm wanting to add some color. Any suggestions?
q how to paint kitchen cabinets
q how to paint kitchen cabinets
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  • Joseph Glackin Joseph Glackin on Dec 31, 2017
    You have a solid foundation. Sand enough to break the varnish, then prime and paint away! You might consider taking them down and doing it outside (or in the basement if it is 5F like it is here).

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 31, 2017
    There is nothin g wrong with the cabinets.Simp update could be just adding hardware.Add a bit of color with accessories.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 31, 2017
    Before you tackle your kitchen cabinets, get a flea market find and practice painting wood. If you decide that's the way you want to go, follow the directions on a good primer to the letter and go for it! Otherwise, paint the walls, add under cabinet lighting and invest in really good hardware. Good luck.

  • William William on Dec 31, 2017
    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.