Like many of us, you’re probably getting a little stir crazy being cooped up at home. While there aren’t many things you can do outside of your home, there are plenty of DIY projects to tackle indoors. For example, you could give your kitchen a new look with some organization, maybe a few new accessories, and certainly with a fresh coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets. Although this may seem like a daunting task, Reno Paint Mart has all the materials and tips you’ll need to get the job done without any fuss.

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

#1 Remove Cabinet Doors, Drawers, and Hardware

In order to properly paint your kitchen cabinets, start by removing all the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware so that you can easily reach all surface areas with your paint brush or roller. Knobs, screws and hinges can get in the way and make painting much more difficult, but removing them creates a more flat surface with easier maneuverability. Also be sure to keep the small pieces, such as the hinges, screws, pulls, and latches, in a plastic bag or other container so you don’t lose any important pieces. Lastly, label any special pieces such as smaller cabinet doors, so that you can easily replace them once they’re done being painted. 

#2 Clean All Surfaces

Before painting your cabinets, you need to thoroughly clean them with a 50/50 solution of water and detergent and a clean microfiber cloth. Or, you can also use an all-purpose cleaner or a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. Even if your cabinets don’t look dirty at a glance, they more than likely have grease and dirt built-up that can affect the look and feel of your cabinets. This additional build-up of gunk and grime can also prevent paint from properly adhering to the surface and can create bumps in your surface. 

#3 Repair Any Holes or Dents

If your cabinets have holes or dents in them, you should fill them with wood filler prior to painting. This will help smooth the surface and allows for a more even application of paint. Next, wipe away any excess product and wait until dry before moving on to the next steps. 

#4 Sand All Surfaces

Now that your kitchen cabinets are clean and free of holes and dents, it’s time to sand the surfaces. Be sure to sand any rough edges, and smooth any protruding areas that were filled. This will help the primer and paint go on more smoothly and will provide full coverage. We recommend using a sanding block or sponge made of 100-grit sandpaper to avoid rounding out the edges. Also be wary of sanding too much. The idea here is to create a smooth surface for easy paint application, not to completely strip the surface.    

Once you’ve finished sanding the surfaces, be sure to clean them with a wet microfiber cloth and then wipe dry. 

#5 Apply Primer

When learning how to paint kitchen cabinets, always remember to apply a base coat of primer. Primer helps hide imperfections and limits the amount of paint coats that are needed to fully cover the surface. Also, primer can help the paint adhere to the surface more easily, and increases the durability of the paint. You should only need to apply one coat of primer, just be sure to apply it carefully and thinly over the cabinet’s surface. Primer that is applied heavily can create lines and bumps in your final product. 

#6 Apply the Semi-Gloss Paint of Your Choice

There are several types of interior house paints you can use to paint your kitchen cabinets, but the most recommended paint finish is semi-gloss. Semi-gloss paint is durable, can be easily cleaned, and leaves surfaces looking smooth and somewhat glossy, without the unnecessary shine. Kitchen cabinets are commonly prone to getting dirty and stained due to their location and a semi-gloss paint will allow you to easily clean their surfaces.

#7 Attach Cabinet Hardware and Doors

Now that you’ve painted all the kitchen cabinet surfaces, it’s time to reattach your doors, drawers and hardware to reveal the finished look. Before you attach any of the hardware, make sure that all cabinet surfaces are completely dry. Next, pre-drill any holes you may need to attach new hardware, or reattach your old hardware using the marks already made in your cabinets. Once all this is finished, your kitchen will look completely brand new and revived, allowing you to enjoy it that much more.

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Now’s the perfect time to bring new life to your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint! Reno Paint Mart has all the paint and paint supply materials you’ll need to refinish your kitchen cabinets. Visit one of our locations – Reno, Carson City, and Truckee – today to get started on your next project! We also offer helpful advice and tips from design professionals, just ask to speak with one of our design experts at the Reno Design Center. Connect with us today to learn more about our products and services!

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