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how do I paint Painted kitchen cabinets

I want to paint my kitchen cabinets a bone color and not sure how to do the job.

  • December 19 2008 - Falling Waters
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As with any painting project, the preparation is 80 percent of the work -- then painting is only 20 percent.
  • August 14 2009
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I think all of these are great answers. I have just found that fingernails chip paint no matter how hard you try to be delicate  :)
  • December 30 2008
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Do you want to do this yourself? It's a bigger job than you might think. A professional crew can do it much quicker and give a professional look to the finished product. If you really want to do it yourself, here's how:

There are complete guides and videos on HGTV.com, I've created a link for you:   CLICK HERE.

Basically it goes like this:

1. Remove the doors. Number them with tape on the inside so you know where to replace them when you are finished.


2. Remove the hardware / pulls / knobs.


3. Use sandpaper to roughup the finish. You can also use a chemical product such as "Liquid Sandpaper".

4. Choose a paint specific to your type of door. If you have laminate finished doors, be sure to tell the paint store clerk.

5. Using is VERY GOOD BRUSH or a slim roller, paint in light coats allowing them to dry between coats. Do not try to paint it in one coat or you will wind up with major drips.

6. If all else fails, hire a professional. They will normally spray the doors for an even better finish.

  • December 20 2008
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My standard cabinet painting procedure is as follows. 
  1. test for lead paint before you sand it and put yourself and especially your children at risk.  The smaller they are the less it takes.  For toddlers and infants it's molecular levels not teaspoons full.
  2.  Once you've determined its not lead you sand everything lightly.
  3.  Wash cabinets with TSP Substitute.  It cuts grease (which will bleed through all paints except oil based and rustoleum) and deglosses as well.  If the paint is glossy your applying to the top coat may not adhere properly.
  4.  You can spray with an airless (not an easy technique to master) or brush and roll.  If you spray plan on painting the whole kitchen; masking the walls is not cost/time effective.  You can use the foam rollers for fine finish plan on painting the cabinets three times if you do so.  Prime it with a water based all purpose primer and apply two top coats.  I like sherwin williams southwest builders enamel for top coating.
  5.  No cheating!  You have to crawl all the way up there to get the back of that bottom cabinet.  Time on this job can vary greatly by the number of cabinets, application technique and intricacy of wood details.  When I brush out cabinets in a standard kitchen and do all of the recommended steps listed above it usually takes about 20 hours.  24 if you take down all the doors and remove the hardware and rehang the doors. 
  • December 20 2008
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My standard cabinet painting procedure is as follows. 
  1. test for lead paint before you sand it and put yourself and especially your children at risk.  The smaller they are the less it takes.  For toddlers and infants it's molecular levels not teaspoons full.
  2.  Once you've determined its not lead you sand everything lightly.
  3.  Wash cabinets with TSP Substitute.  It cuts grease (which will bleed through all paints except oil based and rustoleum) and deglosses as well.  If the paint is glossy your applying to the top coat may not adhere properly.
  4.  You can spray with an airless (not an easy technique to master) or brush and roll.  If you spray plan on painting the whole kitchen; masking the walls is not cost/time effective.  You can use the foam rollers for fine finish plan on painting the cabinets three times if you do so.  Prime it with a water based all purpose primer and apply two top coats.  I like sherwin williams southwest builders enamel for top coating.
  5.  No cheating!  You have to crawl all the way up there to get the back of that bottom cabinet.  Time on this job can vary greatly by the number of cabinets, application technique and intricacy of wood details.  When I brush out cabinets in a standard kitchen and do all of the recommended steps listed above it usually takes about 20 hours.  24 if you take down all the doors and remove the hardware and rehang the doors. 
  • December 19 2008
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You may want to remove the doors and all hardware first then began the proccess.
  • December 19 2008
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If your cabinets have a glossy finish on them now, be sure to scuff up the surface with a 200 grit sandpaper before starting.  If you don't do this, the new paint will peel off.  After that, clean up the dust, apply a primer, and then apply two coats of paint.  Use a gloss paint.  Use a foam roller to apply the paint for the smoothest finish.
  • December 19 2008
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I don't believe I am to start out with "paint first" I believe there are more steps before I begin to use paint?

However, I would like to thank you for your reply.
  • December 19 2008
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i would try using paint first.
  • December 19 2008
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