Year after year, you’ve looked at the same kitchen cabinets. During holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and day to day life. After a while, it all gets boring. Deep down, you know it’s time for a change, and repainting your cabinets is just the way to make that happen. But sometimes, a simple job can become very difficult if it’s not done properly.

As specialists in all kinds of cabinetry, from Shaker to Modern, we get it. The right cabinets can make your kitchen look amazing. But adding a new coat of primer and paint can transform your kitchen into a gathering place that’s bright and dynamic. Recently, we shared a few tips to make the painting process a bit simpler, and now we’d like to share a few more.

  • Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the supplies you need. First, have plenty of sandpaper on hand for your palm sander. 80 grit and 120 grit sheets are excellent for prepping doors and the base cabinetry surface. 180 grit sheets are good for lightly hand-sanding between coats of primer and paint.
  • Along similar lines, lots of tack cloths are handy. You can use these to wipe dust and debris off the surface after you sand, and the tack cloth is good for lifting up the dust and keeping the mess totally contained. You might wear gloves while using them since they can make your bare hands sticky. They’re sold in packs of 2-3 for around $3, and you’ll likely use 20 or more during the project.
  • Instead of water-based primer, be sure to use oil-based primer instead. That’s because, with a formula that has an oil base, it creates a well-adhered surface that’s great for paint. Plus, the hardwood can sometimes “bleed through” and give your paint a slight shade of yellow. Oil-based primer makes the discoloration of white cabinets much less likely.
  • If you’ve chosen a dark color of paint, use a tinted primer. When primer is tinted a shade that’s close to the color of your paint, you’ll be less likely to need to put on multiple coats.
  • Accidents happen, which is why it’s worth it to spend the $10 for a few drop cloths. Painting your cabinets is less messy than painting walls, but it’s best to be safe. Plus, if you’re still in the DIY mood, a little online research will give you tips to use the drop cloths to make curtains or tablecloths.
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