Pro Tips on How to Properly Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Here are top tips shared by professional paint technicians to help you paint kitchen cabinets the right way.

  1. Wood is the best cabinet surface to paint.

Stained, painted, and unfinished wood all work perfectly, as does MDF, faux or compressed wood. In fact, any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper so that paint coats well is feasible. This is the reason laminates aren’t a good choice. You can paint them, but it won’t be as durable. Bear in mind that glossy finishes and stained wood have to be de-glossed first. Use a liquid sander such as Wil-Bond and apply with a rag.

  1. The preparation is as essential as the painting.

Start by clearing the cabinets entirely and then clean thoroughly, ensuring all dirt and grease are removed. Uninstall handles and knobs and check hinges. Take out drawers and label so you can identify where each belongs. Using painter’s tape, carefully cover paint-free parts, such as appliances, countertops, and hinges. Make use of a wood filler such as Elmer’s fillers to repair imperfections.

Lastly, sand cabinets using a rotary sander which works perfectly on flat areas. Hand sand the rough parts and don’t forget the cabinet door edges. Use a 220 sandpaper, in the event that your cabinets are stained. But if they’re painted, and there are rough stipple that appears like orange peel, utilize a 120-grade sandpaper first then finish with a finer one. Also, in case you’ve got sort of carried away and applied excessive paint that the surface appears like crocodile skin, consider stripping. Rock Miracle would be handy.

  1. Priming is crucial.

Once you’ve completely prepped, begin priming. All-in-one primer and paint products are discouraged; they don’t do either job well. As a matter of fact, oil primer and paint coat well and provide a longer-lasting result on cabinets. But then, because of VOCs, oil is prohibited in some states such as New York. Another option is water-soluble paint such as Benjamin Moore’s Advance, which is a bit like a latex-oil combination. But keep in mind that it dries fast, so it’s best to mix with an extender to buy you some more time to get a good finish sans brush marks. And if you’re painting something that’s hard to paint or plasticky, Stix is your best bet.

  1. Always use quality paint.

Try not to be stingy about small expenditures and spendthrift with large ones. You’ll get superior results with quality paint. We recommend Fine Paints of Europe for primers and oils and, and Pratt & Lambert, Farrow & Ball, and Benjamin Moore make good latexes and waterborne paints. Double coats of paint are necessary for cabinets as you are building a surface. And to get the finest finish, use a 2- to 2 1/2-inch fine bristle brush.

  1. Go for harder finish.

It is impractical to use matte paint on kitchen cupboards. You want a surface that’s easy to wipe and durable, so you don’t have to repaint for an extended period of time.