Interior Tips: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets


Painting kitchen cabinets is an easy and affordable way to spruce up a kitchen using very few tools. Homeowners only need paint, primer, sandpaper, a screwdriver, and a paintbrush to get the job done. The first job homeowners should do is to remove the cabinet or drawer handles.

These can either stay the same or be changed to another style or sprayed a different color to go with the new kitchen theme.

Then it’s time to clean those surfaces.

For this, owners should use a sugary soap solution and a rag.

Frenchic Paint Brand Ambassador Craig Phillips shared some of his top tips for painting kitchen cabinets.

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Sanding should mark the surface only slightly, regardless of the surface material.

A gentle sanding with fine sandpaper or a sanding pad should do the trick.

Once sanded, wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove dust and allow to dry.

Apply a primer to the entire surface you want to paint and let it dry for about four to six hours.

Repeat this step for all surfaces you plan to paint.

If you are doing two sides of a door, let one side dry before priming the other.

To apply the paint, homeowners can use a brush or sprayer.

When using a brush, apply a coat of paint evenly over the entire surface and make sure the brush strokes all flow in the same direction for a smoother finish.

Mr. Phillips suggested if you are painting a surface with grain, always brush with the grain rather than against it.

Allow the paint to dry for the appropriate drying time (the paint can should indicate).

Then apply a second coat of paint and let it dry again for the appropriate amount of time.

Once completely dry, reattach all the handles and return them to their original position.


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