How to Paint Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

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Wooden kitchen cabinets take paint well if they are properly prepared. Paint your kitchen cabinets with the help of a successful contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade. I'm a contractor from the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to paint wooden kitchen cabinets. Alright, I've removed the door, I've set it here on the counter top, and we're going to paint the casework around around the kitchen wood cabinets. First thing you want to do, is you want to scuff up the paint, the existing paint that was there previously, using, like, some 150 on down to 120, or even 100 would be fine, 100 grip paper. Want to basically rough it up, get any of the old paint burrs off of here, including around the hinges, and just basically getting a nice smooth surface to deal with. And then, once we get to that point, doing the same thing to the door, you know, just scuffing it up. Most kitchen cabinets, if you're repainting them, are going to have a semi-gloss finish on the doors and the casework. And, you want to scuff that up, otherwise the paint will not adhese to it. So, you want to just kind of get it all roughed up, getting the burrs off, like this one, for instance. And then, that's the reason for doing that. And, I've taken my tray of primer, we're going to primer all the casework first, and on the casework, which is the face frame around any kitchen cabinet, you just want to use a smaller roller, so you don't have accidents all over the place. And, you just want to roll it on. Just roll it on all the areas that you want to get painted. Pretty easy, nothing to it. Then, once you do the frames, again, you're going to have all your doors off, they're going to be on sawhorses at a different location, but we're going to do one door right here for the time being. Once you've gotten primer on all the casework, all the areas on the cabinet, you're going to turn your doors. And, I'm going to use a bigger roller for obvious reasons, because it's a bigger surface. And then, you just want to, basically, prime your door. Do either side first, doesn't really matter, just want to make sure you get all the edges well as too, you can do that by tipping up the door or, just, you know, getting down there, however you want to do it. Just make sure you cover all the areas of the door that you are going to paint. We're going to get this first coat of primer on, and we're going to let it dry before we start applying the actual finished paint. And, that's the first step in painting your kitchen cabinets. Okay, primer has set, and we're going to put our first coat of paint on our kitchen cabinets. First thing you do, take some sandpaper, and you just want to hit the primered areas all around. Get any of the excess loose primer that was there, any flakes, or anything of that nature. Just sand it down lightly, using some 120 grit. Then, take a rag, and just wipe all the dust and debris out. And then, you just want to take again, a smaller roller, as not to get paint all over the place, and then you just want to just hit your casework all around the areas that you have painted, and just put it on just lightly, you know, nice, even stokes. And, once you get your paint on, and you've covered all the areas, just go ahead and give it one long stroke. And that way, it'll take out any of the stop and start marks. And then, we'll turn to our big roller for the door, and just, you know, get an ample amount on your roller, and just spread it around. Just spread it around, getting all of the edges. Then, once you do that, then you want to do just like you did on the casework, just long, continuous stroke from one end to the other. That way, it eliminates any of the stop and start marks. Once you get your door done, let it dry, flip it over, do the other side, make sure getting all the edges. And then, after you get your first coat on, in your allotted time, you know, it's not tacky, it's dry, and it's ready to give an in between sanding coat. The best thing to use is these sanding pads. They come in different grits. You probably want to use, like, 120, 150, 200. And basically, you just want to just sand in between the coats real lightly, getting all the high and the lows out, and make sure any runs get taken out. And then, you'll want to let it dry, and just apply two or three coats until you achieve that look that you want. And, that's pretty much how you paint wood kitchen cabinets.

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