Tips To Help You Successfully Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets may have been built years ago to match the style of their time, but since then they have become scratched, faded, and warped from moisture damage. Although you may not have funds in your budget for new cabinets, you can refinish your existing cabinets and give them a new face. Here are some tips to help you successfully repaint your kitchen cabinets until you can replace them.

Keep Track of Hardware

Before you can properly paint on a new coat of paint onto your custom wood cabinets, you will need to remove all the hardware to ensure an even finish. Unscrew door and drawer handles and pulls and detach the hinges as you remove the cabinet doors. Label each of your cabinets and drawers with a number or letter, then place the hardware for each location into a labeled zip-closure bag. This preparation work can make all the difference in your cabinet refinishing success.

Then, when you are finished painting your cabinets, you will need to replace all the hardware in its proper place so your cabinets can look nice and hang properly, and the labeled bags of hardware will help you. It is best to reinstall the cabinet door hinges in their original places, for example, otherwise the doors may not close properly. 

Prepare Cabinet Exteriors

Your kitchen cabinets can become coated in grease, oils, and other kitchen residues from weeks of cooking meals. Unless you regularly clean and wipe down all surfaces of your kitchen cabinets, they will have some amount of cooking residues on them. Before you apply the first coat of primer, it is important to wipe them down with a degreaser cleaning solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP). Be sure to follow the mixing directions on the TSP container to add it to the appropriate amount of water. 

Next, sand down any rough surfaces, peeling lacquer, moisture damage, and any other surface damage. This will create a smooth surface to apply your primer and paint. Also, fill any holes and gouges on your cabinetry's surface with wood putty filler. Press it into each void and smooth it with a putty knife, allowing it to dry fully before painting.

Choose the Right Primer and Paint

Selecting the paint and primer that will cover your kitchen cabinets for the next few years is an important step. First, be sure to select a stain blocking primer to hide any discoloration of your wood and to prevent it from showing through your paint. 

Choose a semi-gloss paint to make future cleaning of your cabinets easier, and make sure it is an oil based paint to make the finished surface as durable as possible. You don't want the paint chipping or peeling from your cabinets from everyday wear.

Use these tips to help you successfully paint your kitchen cabinets.