How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets can be “not so much of a hassle” if you know the basics about it up front. Below are some of my tips to make your experience a lil bit E-Z-yah… (I was born and raised in Bah-Stun, Massachusetts…) 🙂 Easy, easy, step-by-step!!

Get your Paint on!

Prep Your Cabinets*:

1. If cabinet surfaces are glossy or smooth, try some mild sanding of the surface. Cabinet surfaces should be some what rough in order for the new paint to adhere.
2. Clean the surfaces. Soap and water should do the trick.

3. Let dry, then add painting tape to cabinet edges and in other places you do not want the paint to accidentally get on. (Places such as on the floor, countertops, walls, etc.)

4. Brush on some primer with a single brush to all surfaces of kitchen cabinet doors, and frames. It is best to apply two coats of primer.

*For black cabinets, your primer should be gray or black in color. Let dry for at least four hours. If your cabinets were already black, and you are simply giving it a touch up, you can skip the primer!

5. When primer has dried, you can get down on the painting!

Painting kitchen cabinets**

1. Use steady, easy strokes when painting. Application of 3 or 4 coats with about 4 hours in between for drying. (I guarantee you WILL see streaks in the light if not done correctly.)

2. Leave to dry for 24 hours– At LEAST! (Don’t go touching it to see if it is dry yet!)

**Type of paint to use should be discussed with your local paint store. They are able to show you different shines and finishes you can use. Also, they can guide you as to whether to use Alkyd or oil-base which is durable, high gloss paint to make your Tuscan kitchen exactly what you want.


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