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DIY Surface Prep For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

We touch our cabinets several times a day. Whether to take the pot out to make dinner or grab the kids’ snack for after school, your cabinets see a lot of wear and tear.

But what do you do when they start to show their age? You could buy new ones, but that would set you back quite a bit of money. Or, you could just paint them!

Now, before you start painting away, there is something you need to know. The key to a brilliantly-executed kitchen cabinet paint job is all in the prep work. If you don’t take the time to do it right, your cabinets will show every imperfection once the paint goes on.

Why is Prep Work so Important?

Good question! When you’re painting something, the paint is only as good as the surface it’s applied on.

If there are any nicks, scratches, or dents in the wood, the paint will highlight them. Plus, if you don’t sand the cabinets first, the paint won’t have anything to “grab onto.” It will just sit on top of the cabinets and eventually start to peel.

You don’t want that! So, how do you prep cabinets for painting?

How to Prep Your Cabinets?

It could mean a day off work or a weekend of painting, but it’s worth it!

Hardware First:

The handles, knobs, and hinges on your cabinets will get in the way when you’re painting. So, it’s best to remove them before you start. That way, you can avoid getting paint on them and messing up. Once they are down and ready for some cleaning, set them aside in a safe place.

Clean them Up:

Cabinets tend to collect dust and grease over time. If you don’t clean them before painting, the new paint job will look dull and uneven. Give them a good cleaning with some soapy water and a brush to avoid this. Once they’re all cleaned off, rinse them thoroughly and let them dry.

Sand them Down:

Now comes the major grease-buster: sanding. It will help to rough up the surface of your cabinets so that the paint can better adhere to them. You don’t need to go crazy with it—just a light sanding will do the trick. Please ensure you’re using the proper safety equipment, like a dust mask and goggles.

Once you’ve finished sanding, give your cabinets another wipe-down with a tack cloth or a damp rag to remove all the dust.

Primer on the Tops:

Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for: painting! But before you start, it’s essential to give your cabinets a coat of primer. It will help the paint stick better and give you an overall smoother finish. If you’re painting your cabinets white or another light color, look for a tinted primer to help with coverage.

To prime the cabinets, you can use a brush or roller. If you decide to use a brush, make sure it’s synthetic—nylon or polyester—since they work best with latex paint (which we recommend using for your cabinets).

Let’s Paint:

This is the fun part! You can use a brush or roller, but we recommend using a roller because it’s faster and easier to get an even coat with a roller.

Ending Note:

It can be fun playing with paint in your home. If you’re not ready to commit to painting your cabinets, don’t hesitate to get in touch with DeltaPro Painters. We are a professional painting company in Cincinnati, Ohio, with over 12 years of experience in splashing paint with a two-year warranty on all our work!

Call us for a free estimate today.