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The Beginner's Guide to Painting Cabinets

CEO Khai Intela
Are you tired of looking at your old, outdated cabinets? Do you want to give them a fresh new look without breaking the bank? Look no further! In this beginner's guide to painting cabinets, we'll...

Are you tired of looking at your old, outdated cabinets? Do you want to give them a fresh new look without breaking the bank? Look no further! In this beginner's guide to painting cabinets, we'll walk you through the process step-by-step, providing you with all the necessary supplies and tips to make the process easier and faster. So put on your painting clothes and let's get started!

Why Paint Your Cabinets?

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Painted cabinets can transform the look of your space

We understand that not everyone is a fan of cherry wood stained cabinets, even if they are well-made. If you find yourself wanting to update the look of your cabinets to better reflect your style, painting them is a great solution. Plus, painting cabinets is a cost-effective alternative to completely replacing them.

Necessary Supplies

Before we dive into the painting process, let's make sure you have all the supplies you'll need. Here's a list to get you started:

  • Plastic shower curtain liner or drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Razor or utility knife
  • Sandpaper (assorted in medium to fine grit)
  • Liquid deglosser
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Respirator mask
  • Wood filler
  • Paint roller tray
  • 1.5" economy grade paint brush
  • 1.5" angled Purdy paint brush (highly recommended)
  • Cabinet paint foam roller (2 - one for primer, one for paint)
  • Primer
  • Interior enamel semi-gloss paint

The approximate total cost for these supplies is $75.00, which should be enough to cover cabinets in two bathrooms.

Pro Tip: Consider using a low VOC primer to minimize strong fumes during the painting process. Additionally, opt for a self-leveling paint to achieve a smooth finish in less time.

The Step-by-Step Process

Now that you have all your supplies ready, let's walk through the step-by-step process of painting your cabinets:

Step 1: Remove and Label Cabinet Doors and Drawers

Start by removing all the cabinet doors and drawers. It's essential to label each one and its matching hinges to avoid confusion when reattaching them later.

Step 2: Prepare Your Workspace

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Protect your surroundings with a drop cloth or plastic liner

Place a drop cloth or plastic shower curtain liner on your workspace to protect your surroundings from any spills or drips. If you need precise edges, use painter's tape to secure the edges.

Step 3: Clean and Prep the Cabinets

Wipe down all the cabinet doors, drawers, and boxes with a rag soaked in liquid deglosser. This will remove any dirt, grease, or grime and ensure proper adhesion of the paint. If necessary, use wood filler to fill any hardware holes and sand them smooth once dry.

Step 4: Apply Primer and Paint

Pour your primer into a painter's tray lined with a plastic grocery bag for easy cleanup. Use an economy-grade brush to apply primer to corners, edges, and hard-to-reach areas. Use a cabinet roller for a smoother application on the cabinet doors, drawers, and boxes. Start with the backside of the doors first. Sand between coats for a flawless finish.

Once the primer has dried, repeat the same process with the semi-gloss paint. Apply two coats for optimal coverage.

Step 5: Remove Painter's Tape and Attach Hardware

After the paint has dried completely, score the edge of the painter's tape with a utility knife and slowly peel it off to prevent any paint from peeling along with it. Finally, attach your chosen hardware to give your cabinets a polished look.

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Choose stylish hardware to complete the look

Admire Your Handiwork!

Congratulations! You've successfully transformed your cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. Step back and admire your handiwork. Don't be afraid to show off your newly painted cabinets and share your experience with others. After all, we believe in the power of a little paint to make a big difference!

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Enjoy your beautiful new cabinets!

So, have you recently painted any cabinets that you're excited about? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with fellow DIY enthusiasts? We'd love to hear your experiences and see your before-and-after photos. Don't hesitate to reach out and join the conversation!

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