Just thinking about cabinet painting can bring thoughts of stress, excitement, and even fear.

With questions such as “What if I ruin my cabinets?” flowing through our minds it’s pretty understandable that we have mixed emotions.

Luckily for you, we’re laying everything out to make it the most stress-free and exciting project possible.

We’ll do a step-by-step process to keep everything simple.

With that being said, let’s get into it!

Step 1: Preparation

The very step is preparation. This will include picking out the paint and the tools necessary for the job.

You’ll want to be sure you go with a high-quality paint that’s meant for cabinets. Be sure to talk with a paint specialist when choosing the type of paint.

The next part of the preparation is to determine the condition. If they’re in rough shape you’ll want to fix the issue as well as sand any rough patches.

Next, it’s important to vacuum and clean any debris on the cabinets. So whether its crumbs, dust, etc. Without doing this the paint won’t be able to adhere properly.

The final bit of preparation is to tape off anything you don’t want paint on such as appliances, floor, countertops, etc.

Step 2: Prime

Priming is the layer before the paint. By applying primer you’ll provide the perfect canvas for the paint. It’ll make the color you picked stay true to what you saw in the store as well as allowing the paint to properly adhere.

When priming kitchen cabinets you want to start from the inside and move to the outside. This is best done by using a brush.

Once the inside is complete you can start to move to the outside and even use a roller if there’s a large flat area.

Next, you’ll want to take off and prime the doors. It’s important that they’re removed to prevent any dripping as well as painting them shut.

If another coat is necessary repeat this section for the second coat.

Step 3: Paint

When painting you’ll want to do the same as priming. Start with the inside and work your way out.

Once everything has dried you can start to paint the outside of the cabinet.

At this point in the project, you’ll start seeing your dream kitchen come to life! And although it’s very exciting, you don’t want to rush it. Be sure the paint has had time to dry and properly cure.

Step 4: Refinish Hardware

If you’re using the same hardware and they’re in rough shape, you can quickly get them looking like they once did.

The best way to do this is to scrub them in soapy water.

Next, try scraping them with steel wool.

Finally, apply primer and paint if you wish to have them painted.

Read More: Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Cabinet for Your Home

Step 5: Reassemble Cabinet

If your cabinet is in pieces or the door was removed, now is the time to reinstall those parts.

Final Thoughts

The truth is, the sound of redoing kitchen cabinets is a whole lot easier than it may sound.

It really just comes down to;

  • Preparation
  • Priming
  • Painting
  • Re-install

It takes some time and patience but in the end, you truly can have that dream kitchen you’ve been longing for.

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