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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Pointers

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Pointers By Kelly Wingard
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Kitchen remodeling is a primal instinct. No doubt while cavemen were out hunting wild boar, cavewomen were home compiling honey-do lists for kitchen makeover projects. This innate urge for better food preparation facilities has followed us through the ages. Often ugly kitchen cabinets are prime motivating factors that fuel the remodeling drive. But while replacing kitchen cabinets can be costly, painting existing cabinets can quell the makeover beast while preserving the family's budget.

Cabinet Preparation: Dull but Essential

When it comes to painting kitchen cabinets, the terms "cheap" and "easy" aren't synonymous. Although the actual painting part isn't difficult, satisfactory results require tedious, time-consuming prep work. Follow these steps to get a head start on your kitchen makeover project:

  1. Remove all hinges and hardware, and lay cabinet faces flat
  2. Scour all cabinet and frame surfaces with a strong detergent
  3. Allow to dry thoroughly
  4. Remove old finish with 100-grit sandpaper
  5. Fill nicks and holes with wood putty and allow to dry
  6. Sand cabinet surfaces smooth
  7. Remove all traces of sanding dust with tack cloth

Don't Skimp on Cabinet Paint Quality

After your kitchen cabinets have been prepped, it's prime time for primer and paint. Primer keeps the bare wood from drinking up the top coat and also prohibits stains. Although water-based products are easier to apply and clean up--and smell better than their oil-based counterparts--now is not the time to take the easy way out. You've invested enough sweat equity to go the distance, so buck up and use an oil-based primer and paint. Oil-based products produce a hard, glossy finish so your kitchen cabinets hold up better.

By buying the best quality paints and brushes available, your kitchen cabinet makeover project should last until your next remodeling urge strikes--which hopefully holds off until the paint dries!

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About the Author
Kelly Wingard is a homeowner with 30 years of budget-minded decorating and remodeling experience.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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