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Learn How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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August 21, 2006

Give your kitchen a makeover with a new coat of paint to your cabinets.

Are you tired of your kitchen? Are you ready for a major change, yet don't want to do a major kitchen remodel? Learning how to paint kitchen cabinets could be the perfect solution for you.

Learning how to paint kitchen cabinets has many advantages over a remodel. Why should you paint your kitchen cabinets rather than replacing them? There are many good reasons. Tearing out and replacing kitchen cabinets is a costly job. Doing the project yourself will save you lots. If your cabinets are still functional, yet not the style you want, painting is a simple solution. Plus, the time it takes to paint your kitchen cabinets is minimal when compared to the time it takes to tear out old and install new cabinets. For the most part, your kitchen remains functional with the painting project. With the project of installing new cabinets, it's likely you"ll be eating out until the project is complete.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

You will find when learning how to paint kitchen cabinets that the most time you will spend on them will be in the preparation step. Everything evolves around the preparation. Correctly preparing your surface will ensure a good finish once the painting is complete.

Here's the steps:

  1. Remove the drawer and hardware form the cabinets.
  2. Once everything is removed, clean your cabinets and inspect for any damaged areas.
  3. Repair scratches, dents or other damaged areas. This can usually be accomplished by sanding and using wood filler.
  4. Even if no repair is necessary, you"ll still need to lightly sand all areas to be painted. This will give the surface a slightly roughened finish. This helps to ensure good paint adherence.
  5. Once the sanding is complete, make sure to thoroughly clean all prepared surfaces. Make sure your cabinets are thoroughly dry before applying any paint or primer.
  6. Apply a good coat of primer. Primer helps to ensure an even finish coat and helps to seal the wood.
  7. Once the primer is dry, you are ready to put on the finish coat. It's a good idea to apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat of paint. Let each coat dry before beginning to add another.

Tip: Replacing outdated hardware can give your newly painted cabinets a more modern appeal.

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