Cabinet Painting Process Guide

Painting a cabinet is a great way to repair and renew damaged cabinets; give old cabinets a fresh new look, and even help your home’s value increase. If you want to paint the cabinets in your home, you will need to follow the proper steps to ensure that the paint adheres properly and looks its best. The following guide will help you understand the benefits of painting cabinets along with a proper step by step process to paint cabinets in the right way.

Benefits of Painting Cabinets

There are many benefits to painting cabinets. The primary benefit is fresh, nicer looking cabinets which will make your home look more aesthetically pleasing. If you are trying to sell your home or plan to sell the home in the near future, then freshly painted cabinets can help the home’s value increase. 

Both bathroom, kitchen and storage cabinets can be painted to give them a fresh new look. The color you choose will depend on the overall color scheme of the kitchen, home, and general aesthetic you want to create in the space. 

Step by Step Guide to Painting Cabinets

Step One: Remove the cabinet doors and all hardware

Before you can begin the painting process, you need to remove all of the hardware (such as handles) as well as the full cabinet doors. Set them aside.

Step Two: Prep the cabinets for painting

Next, you will need to first prepare the cabinets through a few simple processes: first, clean them with a proper degreasing cleaner which will remove any built-up dirt, oil, grease, and so on. You can then sand down your cabinets. Then, test some primer in a small area and if it doesn’t cause any staining or adverse reactions, apply it to the surface. 

Step Three: Repeat the sanding process

After the primer has been dry for at least 24 hours (though you can wait longer if you have time) you will need to repeat the sanding process. In this step, use sandpaper with “very fine” grit. Be gentle during this process and make sure you wipe down the cabinets with a damp cloth or rag afterwards.

Step Four: Apply the first coat of paint

Now it is time to apply your first coat of paint. Make sure you go slowly and use a proper brush or roller. It’s important to use smooth, even strokes so that the paint has a uniform coating on this initial layer. You can use smaller brushes to get the paint into nooks and crannies. You will then need to let this layer dry completely—so wait about 24 to 48 hours. The longer you wait, the better, as you don’t want to risk the paint still being wet.

Step Five: Apply the second coat of paint

The final step is to apply a second coat of paint once the first coat is completely dry. As with the first coat, wait at least 24 to 48 hours. Then you can reinstall the hardware and install the doors back on the cabinet.

 Remember to follow the above guide when painting cabinets in your home.

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