All About Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Painting the wood stained cabinets can get your kitchen a fresh new look. Here’s how you can do it yourself.

1st Step – Removing the Cabinet Doors

The very first step is to remove the cabinet doors, thus removing any screws and hardware, and keeping them handy; so you can find them just when you need to reassemble the thing.

All rough areas on the doors and cabinet base have to be sanded off carefully, thus taking off any sawdust or dust that might be there on the surface.

2nd Step – Cabinet Cleaning

The cabinets next have to be completely wiped off, of any dirt and grease in any nooks and crannies with the use of a sponge and denatured alcohol. The fumes emitted through the usage of denatured alcohol can completely fill your room, so make sure the room is well-ventilated. The surface must be left to air-dry.

3rd Step – Applying Primer-Sealer

Take a disposable foam brush and apply a coat of primer-sealer to the doors. It dries off quite fast. This should follow the grain of the wood, starting from the doors. This will completely remove the need to de-gloss the wood and sanding down. In about an hour this will dry down.

4th Step – Applying the Paint

Using a non-disposable brush, now you have to apply the paint. The better the brush, the better the finish. A better brush will let the coat to be smoother. Starting at the center as done in the previous step, and following the grain, will get you better results.

For a fine finish add two to three coats, with about four hours of interval in between.

The added advantage to applying a primer-sealer is that you can therefore apply water based paint over it.

5th Step – Painting the Base

After you are done with the doors, sand, clean, seal and paint the base next. Never worry about the edges of the cabinets, tape them off for a clean finish and leave them as they are.

6th Step – Color Glazing

A one-to-one mixture of paint and glaze is to be made. Tape all areas that you do not want color-glazed, thereby applying the mixture with a disposable brush, following the grain.

7th Step – Removing Excess Pigments

Now use a second, clean brush to clean off all the extra pigments. The removal can be as little or as much as you want it to be. Next wipe the brush off with paper towels.