How to paint cabinets so they last

how to paint cabinets so they last

A fresh wash of paint on a cupboard can change the atmosphere of the kitchen and is far more efficient than replacing an old cupboard. Before deciding to start, first check the state of the closet. If the cabinet is made of particle board that has been curved or damaged, then a good painting cannot hide the flaws. Conversely, strong wooden cabinets can be made better with new paint strokes.

Preparing Cabinets

1. Remove all cabinet drawers. 

Remove all the cabinet drawers and remove the hardware that connects the drawer to the outer cabinet.

2. Remove all cabinet doors. 

Remove all screws from the hinges and remove the door from the trim. If the door has been removed, remove all hardware installed on the cabinet trim.

This is a good opportunity to check all hardware that connects all parts of the cabinet. All screws, hinges, or holders that appear damaged must be replaced after you have painted the cabinet.

3. Clean all cabinet surfaces. 

Use an oil stain remover and a soft sponge or cloth to get rid of dirt and stains before painting the kitchen cabinet. Rinse the cupboard with water and allow it to dry completely.

TSP or trisodium phosphate is a good industrial grade cleaner that can definitely get rid of oil stains and dirt from the surface of the cabinet. Because TSP can harm the environment, you can also look for a replacement for the TSP.

4. Repair any stains on the cabinet by putty scratches or dented parts of the wood with wood putty or plasterboard putty. 

If you find scratches, peeling paint, gouges, or bad stains, then painting a professional-looking cabinet will not be perfect without a smooth surface. Make sure the putty is dry.

Use a putty knife or tool with a flat surface to get rid of excessive putty. It is better to apply a large amount of putty than a little, because it will shrink a little when it dries. If you initially apply too little putty, you can always add more putty to the dent.

At this stage, determine whether you want a new handle on the cupboard or not. If the new handle requires holes of different sizes or holes that are denser or more tenuous, you need to fill the existing holes with wood putty and make a new hole before painting the cabinet.

Sand and Paint Base

1. Make the surface of the cabinet become rough with sandpaper. 

Gently rub all the area to be painted with 120 grit emery paper. This will help the primer and the paint adhere better when you paint the cabinets.

Sanding is very important for cabinets that have a glossy polyurethane coating. The new paint will quickly peel off when applied to the top of this shiny surface.

2. Paint the surface that has been sanded with primer. 

The base paint is the undercoat that is applied before the paint layer. Paint that is applied directly to wood will dry out quickly, because wood is porous and absorbs liquid quickly. Therefore, the base paint helps the paint to stick to the primer and dries more slowly, so that the color is more shiny and the texture is smoother.

Most people who are experts at painting continue to use oil-based paints. Oil based paints can be used even if you intend to use latex paints to coat the base paint. However, you need to let the primer dry completely, and after that make the surface rough with sandpaper.

If the cupboard is stained and looks dull, you should consider coating it with a stain coating primer. Primers like these are specifically designed to cover up bad stains, caused by mold, smoke, and other stain-causing ingredients.

3. Wait for the primer to dry, then sand the surface that has been coated with the primer with a finer emery paper. 

When the base paint is completely dry, use 240 grit emery paper to sand the base coat. Again, this will make the surface rough and help the paint layer blend with the base paint.


1. Attach the plaster to the parts that do not want to be painted. 

Attach the tape to the edges in a drawer or cupboard if you don't want to paint on the inside of the cabinet. Be sure to attach the plaster around the edges of the ceiling or wall adjacent to the cupboard.

2. Paint the inside first. 

Use a small brush to paint all the small cabinet trims and continue to paint the inside of the cabinet with rollers or a small brush.

3. Next, paint all the cabinet doors. 

Paint all doors with a large roller brush to coat all parts of the larger door at once. Paint the edges of doors, cabinets and drawers with small brushes. Remember, also paint the doors and drawers on the back.

Apply a thin layer of paint so that the wash of the paint is slightly visible. If you previously used a base paint, thin brush strokes are enough to cover the surface of the cabinet. Remember, you can also apply the second coat of paint.

You can put cabinet doors outside or in a garage and use spray paint to coat it. Let one side dry, then turn and cover the other side of the door.

4. Let the paint on all doors, drawers, and cabinet frames dry completely. 

The first coat of paint should be allowed to dry for at least four hours if the second coat is to be applied.

5. Apply the second layer if possible. 

You do not need more than two layers of paint, especially if you have applied the base paint, but the difference between applying one layer of paint to two layers of paint will be surprising: This will create the difference between ordinary work and professional-looking work. Let the paint dry all day.

6. Install all door handles and other hardware if the paint is dry. 

Reinstall all cabinet doors and drawers.


Most people who repair their own homes use 100 percent acrylic latex paint to paint cabinets, because latex paint is easier to use and can be cleaned with water. However, if you have experience, you can consider oil-based paints to be durable.

Store hardware that will be reassembled in a cabinet in a plastic bag that can be sealed when you paint. Use different bags for drawer hardware and cabinet door hardware stored separately.

The thing you need

  •     Screwdriver
  •     Oily stain cleanser
  •     Sponges
  •     Emery paper
  •     Wood putty or plasterboard putty
  •     Base paint
  •     Paint brush
  •     Roller brush
  •     Plaster
  •     Paint

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