How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Do you have old and outdated kitchen cabinets? You’ve probably thought about replacing them, but maybe you’re not financially able to at the moment. A simple DIY paint job may be all you need to breathe new life into your kitchen!

Now you may be thinking, “How do I go about getting this job done?” We’re here to tell you that it’s easier than you think. All you need is a little extra time on the weekend, some cleaning solution, primer-seal, and paint. Follow these easy steps to successfully paint your kitchen cabinets.

6 Easy Steps to Paint Your Cabinets

1. Clear Everything

Before you do anything, make sure you clear off your kitchen countertops and empty out the cabinets. If you want to be extra cautious, cover your backsplash and kitchen appliances as well. This step may be self-explanatory, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

2. Check The Material

The most important part of painting your kitchen cabinets is the prep work. This means before your brush touches the cabinets, you need to spend time getting the surfaces ready to accept the paint. If your cabinets are wood, wood laminate, or metal, they should have no problem being painted with the proper prep. However, plastic laminate surfaces may resist paint a little more. Also, make sure you are looking at the woodwork to decipher if you should be using a brush, roll, or even a spray. The best applicator will also depend on the type of paint or finish you end up using. Consider all options before proceeding so you don’t have to end up going back to fix any mistakes.

3. Remove Hardware

Your next move will be to remove the cabinet doors and hardware. The most essential part of this step is to number the doors and their corresponding cabinet location as you remove them. This way, when it comes time to putting the doors back on, you know exactly where each one goes. Place any small hardware parts such as screws in clear plastic ziplock bags inside the cabinets they correspond to. This will make things easy to locate when you reassemble everything!

4. Clean Every Surface

The amount of grime and dirt that builds up over the years on your cabinets is astounding. It’s necessary to have a surface free of grease and food splatters so your cabinets hold the paint better. Make your cleaning solution with one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water. Be sure not to soak the cabinets in this solution, but to rinse the surfaces thoroughly. Allow surfaces to dry all the way before proceeding to the next step.

5. Sand Them Down

You’ll want to lightly sand the cabinet doors on all sides and surfaces. If there is paint already on your cabinets from a previous job, it’s not necessary to remove all the old paint. The point is to roughen up the surfaces to provide better adhesion for the new paint. Make sure to sand over shiny areas to get rid of any previous finish. Vacuum the sanding dust from all the cabinet surfaces when you’re done and wipe down with a tack cloth.

6. Prime and Paint

One of the last steps to your DIY paint job is to apply the primer-sealer to all surfaces you wish to paint. Once this is done, you may apply your paint. Allow the paint to dry entirely before reinstalling the hardware. And voila! You now have newly painted kitchen cabinets.

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