Is there a way to paint my kitchen cabinets without having to sand all

Old cabinets, can't afford new, very worn and stained. Due to my age don't think I could physically go through the labor of sanding

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  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 07, 2017
    Just remember paint will not stick to cabinets that have any grease residue or slickness (shiny). The paint will peel. That is why the prep takes longer than the actual painting. You will then end up with cabinets in worse shape than you already have. If they are polished wood - try scrubbing them very very well first and see how they look. If they are a wood (polished) finish, try using Restore-A-Finish (about $9.00 a can at home depot) to cover up the scratches and worn places. Consider new hardware - knobs to change the look. You will hear about chalk paint that does not require sanding - but that requires periodically that a wax be applied, other wide the paint will wash off. You may not be up to that work.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 07, 2017
    there is a product called "Liquid Sandpaper" it is a de-glosser for surfaces that are to be painted... but the cabinets will need to be washed down and degreased first... if you don't do this the paint job will be a wasted effort.
    Contact your local Senior Center... they may be able to refer you to a good handy man or house cleaner... that would be willing to help you clean and prep the cabinets for painting for a reasonable cost...
    Your other options for help, are family or friends or volunteers.

  • Ruth Griffith Ruth Griffith on Dec 07, 2017
    stripper can be used

  • William William on Dec 07, 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.

  • FL FL on Dec 07, 2017
    sanding gets a bad rap! If you can wipe a window with a circular motion, you can sand (remember the Karate Kid movie? "Wax on, Wax Off"? THAT motion. Light sanding is used after you have cleaned the cabinets to roughen up the surface so it better grips the paint. You do not need to use a sander, just sandpaper wrapped around a block or something else to make it easy to hold. Not hard, just a gentle sweep with your hands.