How Do I Prep and Paint My Cabinets?


Painting cabinets can make a kitchen or bathroom come alive and feel like new. It’s not a hard project, but it does take some careful consideration and preparation. This video will tell you what you need to undertake this job, as well as walk you through the steps that will help make your project a success.

If you want to give your kitchen a makeover but don’t want to break the bank, a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets can go a long way. So why don’t you grab a brush and a couple of gallons of paint and do it yourself? We’ll tell you how.

You’ll need a screwdriver to remove your cabinet hardware, and you’ll want a container to put them in, so that you don’t lose any. Take your cabinet doors and drawers and put them in the workspace where you’ll be painting. Then remove everything from your countertops and your cabinets. You’ll want to cover your countertops and appliances with drop cloths or plastic sheeting. And definitely tape sheeting to any backsplash or windows nearby. You don’t want paint to drip while you’re painting your cabinet frames.

Once your room is prepped, it’s time to get to work. You’ll need a bucket and sponge to wipe down all of the cabinet doors, drawers and frames. After they’re dry, you’ll need some medium grit sandpaper to remove old paint or varnish OR a liquid deglosser could be applied which eliminates sanding and allows you to paint right over the old surface.

Next apply a thin layer of primer to all your cabinets using long brush strokes and going with the grain. You can use either an oil or latex primer.

After everything is primed, you’re ready for the topcoat. For the topcoat, you can also choose either latex or oil-based paint, although oil-based paints are more durable for cabinetry and hides brushstrokes better. Plan on applying two to three coats for complete coverage.

If you have questions about specific paints for cabinets or about any of the tools you’ll need for prepping your job, visit your local Westlake Hardware. We’re always here to help.

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