Tips for painting cabinets?

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  • Amanda Amanda on Dec 08, 2017
    Hi Bridget. First sand lightly sand the cabinets so the paint adheres better. Then prime and paint. It is easier if you remove the hardware and take the cabinets doors off.

  • William William on Dec 08, 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.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 08, 2017
    If you are going to paint your cabinets consider getting new hardware for them too. Makes a big difference.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 08, 2017
    Big job - but worth it if done correctly. Basically remove the doors, drawers and hardware, sand down the wood, prime with Kilz, and paint 2-3 coats of paint. Use YouTube videos and links online to get the details, lots of work.