How to Paint Cabinets
Painting cabinets is an affordable and highly effective way to rejuvenate your kitchen or bathroom. And it’s not as hard as you think.
You can repaint most cabinet surfaces, but you’ll need special paint if you are painting over plastic laminate. A paint dealer can advise the best product for your cabinet.
Start by removing all the doors and drawers and then all the handles, pulls and hinges. Put all the hardware into a plastic bag to keep it safe. Next, thoroughly clean all the surfaces you will repaint. Use sugar soap to remove built-up grease and grime. Once all the surfaces are clean, lightly sand them. Sanding creates an even surface and gives a texture that helps paint to stick.
Once you complete the surface preparation, you are ready to apply your primer-sealer coat. This step is particularly important when painting over dark wood finishes. Not only will it brighten the final finish, but it will also prevent tannins leaking through and discolouring your paint finish. Apply the coat evenly to all surfaces and allow it to dry.
It is best to follow an order when painting cabinets. We recommend starting with the inside frame edges and inside walls, then the outer cabinet sides, and finally the face frame fronts. By painting in this order, you will speed up the process and can correct mistakes on highly visible surfaces such as the fronts. Once the frames are complete, move onto the doors and drawers.
Try to cover all areas evenly in a thin, light coat of paint. A thin coat will dry quicker, and brush marks will be less visible. Don’t be tempted to apply thick layers thinking you will need fewer coats. When you use too much paint you get drips, brush marks and pooling. These will spoil the finished product and make your efforts look amateur at best.
You will need to apply 2, possibly 3, coats of paint. Leave the paint to dry for 4 hours between coats. Lightly sand and wipe down all surfaces before applying the next coat of paint.