Capree K

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Capree Kimball is a design nerd and a dog-loving optimist with a penchant for collecting tin robots and gobbling up gravy-smothered biscuits. You… read more

Comments - How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Bliss!

Aba on Nov 24, 2012:

How can I read the responses to questions already posted? Thank you!

Candice on Oct 09, 2012:

Hi, Would you recommend using Behr's paint that already has primer in it?  that's what the home depot lady told me to do.  But then I wouldn't have to do all your steps.  I just want the best possible outcome

AmyJane on Sep 29, 2012:

Love this...... Thank you for the great advise! :-) please could i ask where your leaf wallpaper is from? its fab!! thnku xx

Bob E on Sep 18, 2012:

I am considering the project not only for the kitchen but also a bookcase wall unit.  There are grooved areas on the kitchen doors and molding on the bookcase - any suggestions on preping them?  Also, I have a lot of area to cover - any suggestions on a paint sprayer I could purchase that won't be over the top?

Kris on Aug 23, 2012:

Thanks for the info. We did a similar process. My husband and I were able to complete ours in one 3 day weekend, but we did work about 8-10 hour days. We used the semi-gloss and it was just shiny enough without the clear coat

Tish on Aug 13, 2012:

I would like to add that, if at all possible, let each coat of paint dry at least 8 hours or overnight. I had a painter do some cabinets and after 2 months they are still "tacky" and things stick to them. I live in a hot dry climate, so humidity was not the problem. After some research, I discovered that latex paints need sufficient drying time between coats or moisture can get sealed in where they will not dry/cure completely. A coat of polycrylic seems to help, but not sure of the long-term ramifications.

Scott on Jul 21, 2012:

Thanks for the details, just curious, but what color of BM did you use for your cabinets?

Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012:

what do u think about waxing rather than polyurethene for a protectant???


Charizma on May 13, 2012:

Thank you for this! I've doing a reno that has gone waaaaay over budget and have been wresting with buying unfinished cabinets since I want a painted finish anyway. This has totally given me the confidence to do it.

Kristin on Apr 21, 2012:

I think you just inspired me to tackle this project next month ... I know it will take some time, but I love the finished project and need something to inexpensively upgrade my kitchen.

Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012:

Love your instructions!  Generally using a water-based polyurethane will avoid problems with yellowing but regular polyurethane will yellow with age (I've used both).

Karen on Apr 10, 2012:

I love the idea of painting the kitchen cabinets but mine are already white laminate and I'd like to do them a pale color.. any suggestions on what I need to do to the laminate before painting? Do I still need to sand them? And what type of paint to use? Any suggestions, hints or ideas is greatly appreciated!!

Jimmy on Mar 15, 2012:

Let's say "this guy I know" was really dumb and impatient and only primed once before adding two coats of paint (and probably didnt sand between coats), and now, two years later, I'm - I mean, he's totally dealing with chipping and obviously "painted" looking cabinets.  Should I advise this dear, stupid friend of mine to start over completely?  Or is there a way of salvaging the project by sanding and adding more paint or maybe one round of primer followed by paint? 

And yes, you are right.  Doing this properly it is most certainly not a one-weekend project.  

amelia on Mar 15, 2012:

this is great for wooden cabinets but any hints or tricks for laminate? I've seen spray paints about but i have no idea if they are good?

Nutka on Mar 14, 2012:

Thanks for all the tips. It's a rental so I'm wrestling with how to improve them without too much work. They are painted with oil paint now but the area around the knobs has worn down is flaking and pealing. 

CapreeK on Mar 14, 2012:

RLorway - Awesome! Good luck! :)

RLorway on Mar 14, 2012:

Thank you so much! I'm planning on doing this over the summer, and now have the perfect guide to follow. Bookmarking this page NOW :)

CapreeK on Mar 14, 2012:

Exactly. What Laura said! :)

CapreeK on Mar 14, 2012:

Julie - Thank you! And, though that was a lot of work, I bet they look great now. Nutka, does that help?

laura on Mar 14, 2012:

Hey Nutka, It's on a project by project basis.  Are you doors chipped and flaking?  If so you need to sand down to a smooth edge and a point where the paint will properly adhere.  If it's just a case of the paint has evenly worn and it's looking a little shabby, then maybe all you need is to clean it with some tsp then put another coat on (not unlike polishing your shoes).  The rules will change again if you are painting mdf door fronts rather than wood!  Also if you have oil, stain or latex it will make a difference in how you best prep.

JulieGong on Mar 14, 2012:

I live in an old house that was converted to apartments and the cabinets had been both painted and covered with contact paper. My only option was to strip to the wood and repaint. It took almost 2 months to do 3 large doors but they turned out great. Totally worth it. This is a great guide for future reference!

CapreeK on Mar 14, 2012:

Nutka - It might be best in the long run to strip them down to the wood to avoid any adhesion problems. If that's not possible, I'd still clean/sand/prime them first. Anyone else have tips for re-painting painted cabinets?

Nutka on Mar 14, 2012:

What do you suggest if the cabinets have already been painted about 5 times and need a new coat? Should the existing paint be sanded off first?

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