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How to paint kitchen cabinets - Easy guide for weekend warriors and DIYers
We always suggest that you hire a professional to do the job for you for several reasons that include experience and assurance of a quality job! But for those of you who want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets without a professional sprayer, you can get professional results for under $ 200.
How to achieve professional results when painting your kitchen cabinets
I have had lots of questions lately about one of our Facebook posts where I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most people are curious and want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets and how much it costs to make our cabinets look like new.
Our house is very old and like our cabinets. It didn't bother us at first, but eventually we got tired of seeing the ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.
Painting over veneers is not that difficult, it just needs the right preparation. If you hire a professional, I would suggest that you try to do as much as you can, such as removing the doors and hardware and maybe grinding them easily with a 220 grain abrasion block. Just an easy scuff do (imagine cleaning a window). It saves a few dollars. But if you decide to do it on your own here are some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and long lasting results.
Preparation when painting kitchen cabinets
After removing the doors (or just masking the hinges), lightly grind / scrape the surfaces painted with a 220 grain abrasion block. Use a type of degreaser such as Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.
Then you have two options. You can use a 220 grain sandpaper and lightly scrub the surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Off which you can wipe off with a cloth and let it sit for 10 minutes. Your surfaces come off without having to grind them.
Your next step is to foundation the surfaces with the right primer. I used a layer "INSL-X Stix" which is a urethane acrylic. You can find it online or at your local Benjamin Moore supplier. Check your local hardware store.
Using a good quality paint will help you get the best finish. I suggest you use Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is very easy to work with and dries to a hard and durable finish.
Use a 2-inch Nylon brush and start cutting around the hardware (unless you have the doors removed) and some places that your Whiz ™ roll does not reach. Then use the Whiz ™ roll to apply your ALKYD enamel. Try painting in the same direction as your grain (if your cabinet has a false wood pattern). Let it dry overnight and repeat. You can hang on your doors now but remember that even if the enamel dries overnight it still takes 30 days to fully cure so be careful and try to avoid scrubbing them before the 30 days.