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Last week I shared with you how I transformed my kitchen cabinets from flat doors to my all time favorite – Shaker Style Cabinets! Today I’m going to share with you some tips and How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets of your very own! Confession. I didn’t take many pictures of this process because it just looked like white paint on a door no matter what stage of the process I was in.. So I’ll just share my tips and tricks with you today, and a few before pictures I have! : )
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
After you have built your doors, you can move on to the whole painting process. I did the exact same thing to my cabinet bases as I did to my doors. I think I was able to get away with one less coat on the bases though ; ) You just have to keep painting until it looks good.
Preparing to paint kitchen cabinets
Before you begin painting you want to make sure you have filled in holes or gaps with wood filler or caulk (use where appropriate), sanded down, and have wiped everything clean.
First, remove all hardware and shelves, and scrub them clean. You want them as clean as you can get them. For my cabinet bases, I took some rough grit sandpaper and sanded everything down as best I could, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then go over it with a finer grit to smooth it all out. Then wipe everything down with a damp cloth and vacuum up any sawdust. You don’t want any sawdust left or the paint won’t adhere correctly.
Once all your prep work is done, it’s time to prime. Use OIL based primer. It stinks, it sucks to clean up, but it is SO much more durable and it adheres WAY better! I am in the process of painting all my trim, and since it’s next to carpet I use a water based primer, and while it gets the job done, I can truly say oil based is better!
Start off brushing in all corners and edges of your door (or cabinet), working around your trim. Then use your 4″ foam roller to roll the remainder of your doors/cabinets. Let this dry.
Now Sand it all down with 220 grit sandpaper. Yes. We will be sanding in between every coat. Don’t hate me, but it really does make it prettier! Make sure you wipe everything down after each time you sand!
Now apply a second coat of primer, let dry, and sand again.
Paint Kitchen Cabinets
After that is taken care of we can move on to the actual painting. For the cabinet paint you need 100% enamel paint. It is durable, and it just has a great finish! It’s still water based, so clean up is easy, yay!
Just like with the primer, start off brushing any corners and edges, then roll the paint on. Make sure to fix any paint drips. Once dry, sand it down again, and wipe clean.
Repeat this process until you have a total of 3 coats OR until you are happy with the results. You might get lucky and only need 2 coats.
On your last coat, no need to sand ; ) If you see any paint drips on your last coat you can use a sanding block to help remove them, you might need to dab a little paint over that to smooth it out, and fix any other needed touch ups.
Now give yourself a HUGE pat on the back and enjoy your beautiful cabinets!
UPDATE: My NEWEST Kitchen progress can be found HERE