How to Refinish Cabinets With Paint


Dark and dated kitchen cabinets can get a new lease on life with a few coats of paint. Refinishing cabinets with paint is much faster than refinishing cabinets with wood stain and polyurethane. Preparation for painting cabinets is key for a good paint job. Learn how to paint the cabinets before getting started.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloths
  • Rosin paper
  • Tape
  • Abrasive sponge
  • Household cleaner
  • Dry clean cloth
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper (#120 or #100 grit)
  • Vacuum
  • Tack cloth
  • Paint sprayer
  • Primer
  • High gloss latex paint
  • Prepare the room by laying drop cloths on the floor below the cabinets. Tape rosin paper on the countertops to protect them from paint splatter.

  • Clean the cabinets with an abrasive sponge and an appropriate cleaner. Most types of cleaners that remove grease will work. Dry the cabinets with a dry clean cloth.

  • Unscrew the doors from the cabinets and remove the hardware. Place the hardware in a specific place so it can be reinstalled later.

  • Fill dents and cracks in the surface of the cabinets and cabinet doors with wood putty. Spread the putty over each damaged area with a putty knife. Wait for the putty to dry before sanding.

  • Sand the cabinets with #100 or #120 grit sandpaper. You do not need to sand the finish from the cabinets, but the finish should be dulled so it is no longer glossy.

  • Clean the dust from the cabinets with a vacuum. Wipe the remaining dust away with a tack cloth.

  • Use a paint sprayer to apply painting primer to the doors. The paint sprayer will apply the primer without brush strokes. Let the primer dry completely.

  • Paint the cabinets with a foam paint roller and high gloss latex paint. Apply once coat of the paint with the foam roller, and then use a paintbrush to reach the corners of the cabinets. Once the first coat of paint has dried, apply a second coat. Let the paint dry for 3-4 days before re-attaching the cabinet doors and hardware.

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