The best way to paint existing kitchen cabinets?

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  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 31, 2017
    Clear, sand where needed, prime, paint your color choice.

  • Kim Kim on Dec 31, 2017
    Remove all hardware, marking placement with painters tape labels (Hardware, doors, and drawers) Wash everything well with TSP. If you need to sand, clean with tackcloth when you are done. If you don’t need to sand, use a deglosser like ‘NoSand’ to knock off sheen.
    You will want to use primer on your cabinets, then paint, then a protective finish.
    We all have the brush style that works best for us. I actually do best with a low nap roller but I have read many professionals who swear by the foam rollers. You should use what works best for you.
    The cabinet doors should be elevated so that you can cleanly address the edges. I prefer the plastic painting pyramids since the point is fine enough to turn a wet door over and paint the other side if you are in a hurry. The placement labels can be placed on surface under doors.
    If the interiors need painted, paint them first and then address the outsides of your cabinets.
    I hope that helps

  • 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.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 01, 2018
    the best thing to do is to clean them first ( you can use TSP)

    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 01, 2018
      a quick sanddown and then paint- or you can use chalkpaint and skip the sanding and priming steps