Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen remodel can be very expensive. If you don’t have the money for a kitchen remodel, painting your kitchen cabinets can give your kitchen a brand new look at an affordable cost. Painting cabinets can be a simple task if you put in the work to prepare them properly before painting. Here are some tips that will make painting your cabinets a breeze:
o Remove all the cabinet doors. Do not paint the doors vertically because you could get drips and a poorly looking finish. After you remove each door, take a piece of masking tape and number the doors. This will make it easier when you go to replace the doors.
o Remove all the hardware. If you really want the remodeled look, consider getting new hardware. However, if you are keeping the same hardware you will still need to remove it. Painted hardware is the sign of a lazy painter.
o Wash and Dry cabinets before painting. Use a solution of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) to wash all the cabinets and shelves. This will remove the first as well as the grimy oil layer that will build up on kitchen cabinets. Do not skip this step, even if the cabinets look clean.
o Sand the surface. Use 220-grit sand paper and rub the surface of the cabinets until the surface becomes dull. Take a clean damp cloth and wipe away the wood dust.
o Apply a primer. Use a brush or a paint pad to apply a tinted primer. After the primer is dry you will want to lightly sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper. Remove the dust with a damp rag.
Finally, all the prep work is complete. Make sure you apply your paint within 24 hours to prevent the need for any additional cleaning. You may need to apply two coats of paint.

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