A look at painted kitchen cabinetsYes! You can paint your kitchen cabinets.  Here’s how:

The right cabinet color can transform your kitchen’s look. And because replacing cabinetry can be expensive, a fresh paint color could be the best bet for your budget.

To paint your kitchen cabinets:

1.  Remove the hardware and hinges and clean the surfaces thoroughly. Use a clean, soft rag and mineral spirits or TSP (trisodium phosphate). Don’t just wipe them down. Give them a good scrub to remove old oils, waxes and grime. This is a crucial step as paint is a very forgiving material, but the one thing it refuses to abide is a dirty, greasy surface.

2.  Lightly sand the painting surfaces to open the finish surfaces. If there are any dents or grooves in the cabinetry, you may want to fill them in with a good wood filler first. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove any sanding dust.

3.  Prime the cabinets with a stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces.

4.  Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of the paint you have chosen. Let the paint dry thoroughly and lightly sand between coats.

5.  After making sure everything has dried thoroughly, put your cabinets back together. Be sure to keep everything organized. Have a system for remembering the positioning of your cabinet doors.

Meanwhile, before you get started, you are going to need to do a little shopping and gather up the following items:

  • Paint – Oil based OR 100% acrylic latex, semi-gloss or gloss.
  • Primer – Don’t skip this, it is very important.  If you can, try to use a primer labeled “high build” or “sandable”.
  • Degreaser or TSP
  • An angled brush OR rent/buy a paint sprayer.
  • Sandpaper – You’re going to need 100 grit (medium) and 220 grit (extra fine/fine).
  • Sponge (to use with your degreaser/TSP)
  • Gloves (to use with your degreaser/TSP)
  • Tack Cloth

Still lacking confidence that you can paint your kitchen cabinets yourself? Watch this youtube video for more suggestions.

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