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Sunday, October 16, 2011

How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets 101

Now I have learned first hand that this is not a task to be taken lightly. It takes time and patience but boy is it worth it!!

Step by Step Instructions

1.) Take it down- You have to take the cabinets down, all of them. I know, sigh, I told you this wasn't going to be easy.

2.) Take it off- Take off all the hardware and hinges. *Note: keep those little buggers somewhere safe if you are going to re-use them after*

3.) Sand er down- This step is important, you need to be sure to get all of the old paint or stain off.

4.) Cleaning time- Wipe down all the cupboard doors and make sure they are clean as a whistle.

5.) Prepare your space- Lay down lots of newspaper, cardboard whatever.

6.) Prime Time- Prime the cupboards first.

7.) Waiting time- Wait 6-8 hours before you move onto the next step

8.) Painting Time- Now I tried a couple of different ways to paint the doors. Best way I found is to brush in the little nooks and crannys then use a small sponge roller.

9.) Major Waiting Time- If I can give you any advice it's this; WAIT 24 hours between coats....DO IT. I also did some of my cupboards in my bathroom and I didn't wait and I am still paying for it!

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen AFTER

Now I did change the hardware on the cupboards but you can easily update your old stuff, here's how:
Take your hardware off your cupboards
Place on a piece of newspaper
Spray with Primer Spray paint
Let dry
Spray with whatever colour spray paint
Let dry
That's it, cheap and easy!

All you need is:
Screw Driver
Sponge Roller
New Hardware (if you want)


  1. Did you use a polyurethane or anything over the paint? How are they holding up?

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