Yes, I did it again, painted gorgeous wood cabinets! I wrote an entire post defending WHY, I would paint “perfectly good wood cabinets”. I really didn’t have any doubts, but yet again I LOVE how they turned out. I’ve blogged my “DIY Cabinet Transformations Kit“, as well as my “Tips for Spray Painting Cabinets“. Today I’m sharing my tips for painting cabinets from a pro. After four successful painted kitchens (and a few bathrooms too), I’d hope that I’m a pro by now!
1- Cleaning- This is as almost as time consuming as painting the cabinets! I LOVE Melaleuca tough and tender *contains affiliate link* and I think that it does an awesome job of getting old grime off. If you don’t clean them well your paint will not stick and you will REALLY regret it.
2- Degloss- This takes the sheen off your cabinets and helps the paint adhere. Any deglosser will work, and I always give the cabinets a good scrub down with this first.
3- Tape Pulls- Because you have to remove your hardware before painting, I always create drawer pulls out of tape. This way you still have access to your necessary kitchen utensils during the painting process!
4- Tape Cabinet Insides/Appliances- Typically I don’t tape off anything that I paint, but this is one situation where it matters. By taping the insides of you cabinet boxes it will create a clean crisp line. It also will ensure that you keep your appliances nice and paint-free! 5- Primer- The only trick for primer is to keep it a nice and thin coat. By doing this the paint will adhere better. You can see here how the primer doesn’t even fully cover the entire cabinet. That’s exactly how it should be though.
6- Sprayer- This is an absolute MUST for painting cabinets. I only use it on the faces, but it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a smooth perfect finish. I LOVE my Graco TrueCoat 360 and recommend it to everyone.
7- Dixie Cups- These are for raising your cabinets off the ground. Any hardware store sells plastic pyramids for this same purpose, but Dixie cups are definitely the cheaper alternative.
8- Brush/Roller Combo- Well you know I spray the faces, but when it comes to the bases I use a brush/roller combo. I like to use this foam roller and a fine brush like this. By using them together it eliminates paint lines and helps get a similar finish to the cabinet faces.
9- Sealer- After painting it’s important that you seal the cabinets. I use Minwax Polycrilic. I have sprayed the sealer in the past, but didn’t like how blotchy it turned out. I’d recommend rolling and brushing on the sealer. You can see here what a smooth perfect finish I got by using this method.
10- Don’t Stress- The first time I painted cabinets I was freaked out that I was going to mess something up and ruin my cabinets forever. Then after living with them for a while I learned to not stress. They will get nicked, they will get scratched, they will not look perfect forever. The good news is that with a little touch up paint they can look perfect again. Just keep some paint on hand and every once and a while hit any spots that need touching up.
If you’re thinking about painting your cabinets, these tricks should have you covered! Click here to see the finished kitchen pictures?