How To Repaint Kitchen Cabinets

How to repaint kitchen cabinets 

Kitchen cabinet painting can be a tricky business! You are often painting on top of wood that has urethanes and lacquers. And they aren’t always conducive for the adhesion of paint. Kitchen cabinet painting in Toronto has had big trend changes which make this process in very high demand. There are numerous ways to kitchen cabinet painting.

You can spray them or use a brush or roller. Spraying is a much more complicated process that’s often too difficult for the average DIY project. But brushing and rolling kitchen cabinets is a more economical and practical way to paint them. Here is a breakdown of how doing it that will beautify them for years to come! 

Step 1: Before kitchen Cabinet Painting Process

Firstly, you’ll want to remove all the kitchen cabinet doors and hardware from the doors. After all, you don’t want to get primer or paint on any of the door knobs or hinges. 

Step 2: Remove Stains from Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets can often gather a lot of dirt and stains over the years due to food grease and spills. You’ll want to properly clean up any stains, oils or heavy grime from the cabinet surfaces.

Step 3: Rough up Cabinet Surfaces

Then you need to rough up the smooth surfaces of the kitchen cabinets. You can rough up all the surfaces using a very high grit sandpaper (fine sandpaper). Be careful not to use sandpaper that is too coarse, as you will scratch the surfaces. You want to sand the surfaces enough so the primer and paint has a good base to adhere to.

Step 4: How to Prime kitchen Cabinet before Painting

Prime all kitchen cabinet surfaces with an oil based primer.  Specialized latex primers can work also, but oil based have been the preferred choice to ensure best adhesion. The priming and the painting part requires a skilled painter.

If the primer isn’t applied properly this will potentially ruin the finish of the kitchen cabinets. When applying the primer be careful not to put it on too thick as it will show lap marks and drip. At the same time, if it’s applied too thin then you will also get streaks which aren’t desirable either. Besides paint brushes, using sponge rollers are a good method when applying the primer. The proper application of the oil primer is essential in the minimizing of brush strokes and streakiness, for an ideal smooth finish.

Step 5: how to repaint Kitchen Cabinets

This is where you apply the paint to the kitchen cabinets. Usually two coats is desirable. When in doubt put two thinner coats rather than one baby thick coat. Again, the key to getting a smooth ideal finish is the application. A combination of sponge rollers and brush applications are the way to achieve this. Allow at least 24 hours in between coats and much more if it is humidity in the air.


Step 6: Kitchen Cabinet Painting Finish

Which paint finish to use on your kitchen cabinets? This is more of a preference but keep in mind that these kitchen cabinets need to withstand a lot of wear and tear, so choose wisely. Most commonly we use a latex satin, pearl, soft gloss, or a low luster finish. Oil-based paint can also be used and is a bit more durable, but they are generally very toxic smelling and difficult to use. The latex paints today are almost as durable, easier to use, environmentally friendly and easy to clean up. 


Step 7: Refill Kitchen Cabinets

Once the paint has been dried for 48 hours, you can start to put the hardware and doors back on the kitchen cabinets. Keep in mind, if there is humidity in the air, it can take as long as a week or longer for the paint to totally dry and cure. So when in doubt, it’s better to wait longer rather than risk damaging or chipping them.

Once you have completed this process, you will have beautiful, up-to-date kitchen cabinets for years to come!

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