How To Paint Cabinets

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Cabinets looking tired? Watch to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets like a pro. Step-by-step project details + tools & materials here:

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your cabinets look like these a little
outdated you really only have two
options one is to rip them all out and
put new cabinets in which can be really
expensive and time-consuming another
option is to just paint them it’s very
simple and a lot less expensive I’m
going to show you three very easy steps
today on how to refinish your cabinets
they’re gonna be prep prime and paint
and as long as you follow those three
steps you can tackle any cabinet in your
house whether it’s your kitchen like
this maybe your bathroom or even your
laundry room now these cabinets we have
here are wood which are very easy to
paint but really any surface you can
scuff with sandpaper is paintable now
when you’re painting your laminate
cabinets you want to make sure you use a
bonding primer this will ensure that the
paint will stick to the laminate you
also want to be sure that there’s no
Nicks or dings in the laminate and that
it’s in good shape if they’re painted
however and the paints in bad shape
you’ll want to make sure you strip it in
a well-ventilated area to start off with
a clean smooth surface now after you’ve
emptied all of your cabinets you’re
going to remove your doors drawers and
hardware I like to keep all the hardware
and little bags so I can find it easier
at the end and then take blue painters
tape and label all your doors and
drawers with what cabinet they go to so
I’m going to put an A on this one
and then an a inside the cabinet then
you just keep going
now put your doors and your drawers in a
place out of the way like a garage or a
basement you’re gonna work on them there
because this project is gonna take a
couple of days what I’m going to do now
is wipe down my cabinets with just some
water and TSP cleaner which is just a
general purpose cleaner I’m looking to
get all the grease and grime and dirt
off especially because this is a kitchen
after you’ve finished cleaning your
cabinets you’ll want to give them a
quick once-over look for any holes or
gouges or imperfections that you’ll need
to fill like this one right here I’m
just gonna take my wood filler and
squeeze it right into the hole and then
use my flexible putty knife to smooth it
out and then just let it dry according
to the directions you don’t have to fill
your hardware holes especially if you’re
using the same hardware but if you’re
getting new hardware make sure you get
it with the same screw pattern if you
decide to do something a little
different with the different screw
pattern you’ll have to fill one of your
holes and drill another one after you’ve
done all of your repairs now it’s time
to protect your work surface
I’ve laid down a drop cloth on my
countertop and I’m gonna finish taping
off my soffit so I don’t get any paint
on it so now we’re gonna sand our
cabinets what I have here is just a
medium to fine grit sandpaper that I
fold it in half you can also use a
sanding sponge which is a little bit
easier on your hands to hold and you can
get into all the corners a little bit
better what I’m doing is just going with
the grain and getting through that first
layer of finish nothin’s gonna focus on
getting all the different corners and
edges of these cabinets and follow the
same process for the doors and drawers
cabinet frames often have laminate signs
and those are paintable as long as you
sand just be sure to not damage the
edges the last step is to clean up I
like to use a vacuum and a tack cloth
now that I’ve done preparing my surface
I’m ready to prime when I’m dipping my
paint brush in the primer I’m tapping
the excess off on the sides you don’t
want to load a bunch on there but you
want to make sure it covers I’m moving
in an up-and-down motion with the grain
of the wood and I’m just spreading it
out evenly I’m gonna start with my
frames and then move on to my doors and
drawers on these larger areas I’m going
to use a mini foam roller I’ve already
gone ahead and cut in with a brush under
my countertop around my outlet and above
my shoe molding when I’m loading primer
onto my roller I want to get it wet but
I don’t want a ton on there so I’m gonna
brush them off here and I’m gonna move
in a W motion with the grain
and I’m gonna remember to finish into
the wet and lay off any of my ridges
that I have here by going back over with
a dry roller the trip with primer is
that it just has to cover it doesn’t
have to look perfect your finish coat
will be the perfect one now I don’t have
to paint the insides of my cabinets
because luckily for me they’re in great
however like any painting project if you
do have to paint them you start at the
back and work your way out so you’d
start at the back panel do your side
panels and then your shelf last the most
important thing to remember is to let
your paint completely cure before you
get impatient and start putting stuff
back I’m gonna be putting shelf liners
on these shelves when I’m all done the
first step in painting your door and
door fronts is to remove your label and
keep it near your door you don’t want to
lose it then I’m gonna take my door and
put it on these little painting tripods
to hold the door off my work surface it
keeps it cleaner and I’m able to get
into all these little detail areas on
the side I’m gonna start with my brush
with primer and get in all the edges
here and the sides
and really sent it out feather out all
of your primer remember to go with the
grain after I’ve cut in my detailed
areas with my brush I’ll go back to my
foam roller and hit all of my larger
areas once the back is dry you just flip
it over and start on the front I’m gonna
start with a brush again to get all the
detailed areas first and then I’ll move
on to the roller be sure to feather out
your primer and if it pulls in the
corners use the bristles to even it out
when painting the drawers only paint the
Front’s avoid the sides because the
paint can cause the drawers to stick on
the frames just like before use your
brush to get all the angled areas primer
doesn’t take long to dry but always
check the manufacturers directions
before you do anything else to ensure
you have a smooth finish you might need
to lightly sand in between your primer
coat and your finish coat all right the
fun begins
we get to paint I’m using an acrylic
latex based paint because it’s durable
and easy to clean as far as your finish
goes you want to avoid a high-gloss
finish because it can show a lot of
Nicks and dings your other options would
be a semi-gloss and a satin finish which
I’ll be using today another one to avoid
in a kitchen would be a flat finish
because it can be more difficult to
clean now just like your primer you’re
gonna use a brush on your frame here and
then you’re gonna switch over to your
foam roller on your larger areas now
when you’re painting the doors and
drawer fronts we’re gonna go through the
same process as before I’m going to use
the angled brush to hit all my detailed
and then I’m going to use the foam
roller to hit my larger surface areas
don’t forget to lay off to remove the
toolmarks once it’s all dry you can flip
it over and start on the front let
everything dry according to the
manufacturer’s directions as long as you
let your finish coat completely cure
you’ll have a good hard finish some
people like to add a coat of
polyurethane to add to the durability
and ease of cleaning be sure to use a
water-based polyurethane over the
acrylic latex paint once your paint has
hardened you can begin reassembling your
cabinets be sure to use a manual
screwdriver when installing your
hardware so you don’t cross thread the
screws or Mar your finish I chose to go
with a brand new hardware because I
think new hardware is like the jewelry
of the kitchen adding a shelf liner is a
nice touch too so our cabinets are all
painted on the perimeter cabinets I went
with a nice bright white to bring a lot
of light in the room and on this island
here I did a darker gray blue to go
along with the countertop on the walls I
decided to go with a lighter blue to
bring a lot of color in the room and to
really pull the whole project together
and in the end I have a brand new
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