How to repaint kitchen cabinets not real hardwood

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My kitchen cabinets are not solid wood. I think maybe pressed wood? They are worn, some of the finish is worn away. Is there a way to paint them? Or stain them. I can't afford new ones.

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 17, 2017
    Yes use ESP Primer for any surface and then Paint away....

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 17, 2017
    Clean them, remove the doors, drawers, hardward - label them you can put them back in plac, prime with Kilz, then paint.

  • William William on Dec 17, 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.