How to Prepare Kitchen Cabinets for Painting

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Over time, the finish on kitchen cabinets can lose its luster, and your preference for the color or finish can also change. Kitchen cabinets are almost always colored with gloss paints, which cannot simply be painted over, as these paints dry to a nonporous surface making it virtually impossible for new paint to adhere properly. All that is needed to prepare kitchen cabinets for painting is to give the existing surface a rough surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips or flathead screwdriver, depending on the screws used in your cabinets
  • Sanding block
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Brass-wire brush
  • Remove all knobs and handles from the cabinets. Knobs usually screw directly into the cabinet and can be removed by twisting the knob in a counterclockwise direction. Handles are usually fastened to the cabinet with screws. Remove the handles from the inside of the cabinet doors with a screwdriver.

  • Remove the doors of the cabinets by unscrewing the hinges that hold the doors to the cabinet.

  • Unscrew the hinges from the cabinet.

  • Sand all flat areas to be painted on both the doors and the cabinet with a sanding block and 220-grit sandpaper. It is not necessary to remove the existing paint.

  • Use a brass-wire brush to remove the finish from tight areas.

  • Use a damp rag to remove the sanding residue.

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