How to Paint Cabinets

Use these easy steps to update a kitchen by painting the cabinets.

Yellow Country Kitchen

English Country Kitchen

Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when cabinets are towering overhead. Many cooks can't reach what's in them and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. Get organized and trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Your kitchen will look more spacious and serve up display space for your favorite dishes, shiny pots and pans, or artwork.

Materials and Tools:

soapy water
rags
150-grit sandpaper
bonding primer
7-inch roller
paint screen
2-gallon bucket
paint tray
paint for base coat
glaze
weaver brush

Steps:

1. After removing the cabinet doors, wipe them with warm soapy water to remove dirt and grime, and then rinse thoroughly. 

2. Sand the surface completely so the primer will adhere and remove the dust. Note: Don't skip this step; it's critical for a long-lasting paint job.

3. Prime the entire cabinet (tint it as close to the final color as possible for faster coverage). Let dry.

4. Apply the top coat with a roller (for large areas) or brush (be sure to lay off the paint in even strokes for a nice finish). Let dry. If you want to take a short break, cover the roller and bucket with a plastic garbage bag.

5. To add texture, roll glaze over the top coat and drag a weaver brush held almost parallel to the cabinet vertically, and then horizontally right away to create a basket weave pattern.

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