How do I pint cherry wood kitchen cabinets without sanding?

by Donna

I have cherry wood kitchen cabinets in my galley kitchen. I want to paint them, but I do not want to sand them if I don't have to.thankyou

  4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 19, 2019

    You always have to sand some for a quality job. Use fine sand paper like 220. First remove all hardware, doors and drawers. Mark on back where they go.. Wash down with TSP and then sand the sheen off. Prime with oil based primer, lightly sand again if not smooth. Paint 2 coats of oil based paint. This will give you the most durability and last the longest of ant finish.

  • William William on Jan 19, 2019

    Love Kelli's sugesstion but don't have to use oil based paint if it's sealed.

    How to Paint Cabinets

    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 200 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like KILZ. Acrylic or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd or oil-based 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.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 19, 2019

    Hi Donna. I'm Cindy. There is a brand new paint on the market. It's called "Beyond Paint" and is made to eliminate sanding and sealing. It's expensive but is reported to work well. Good luck Donna.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jan 20, 2019

    Donna, I've painted my cabinets and the finish has held up better than a Mfg finish. I only sanded lightly and mostly rough or uneven spots. Be sure to clean with TSP. Then prime it with Kilz. Once that is dried, I used two coats of latex enamel gloss paint. This particular type of paint is extremely hard and durable once dried. It is even superior to most alkyds. Apply with a very fine nap roller. Avoid using a brush. I never needed to apply a clear coat. My cabinets have held up for several years with no indication of wear. They wash up as easy as glass.