Kitchen and Dining

Painting Wood Cabinets

Kitchen + Dining

Painting Wood Cabinets

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Painting is a good finish for cabinets of all sorts: it’s attractive, easy to clean and (when heavy-duty enamel is used) durable. Although painting cabinets is not difficult, it is time consuming: most require two coats of paint, all surfaces have to be sanded lightly between coats, and both sides of the doors need to be painted.

How to Paint Wood Cabinets

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    Empty the cabinets, and then remove the shelf pins and shelves. For stubborn shelf pins, use a pliers to pull them out. Unfasten the hinge screws and all hardware, then remove the cabinet doors from the frames.

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    Wash the cabinets with a mild detergent solution. Rinse with clean water and a sponge. Fill scratches, dents, or cracks with latex wood filler, using a putty knife. Let the wood filler dry completely. Sand all surfaces with an orbital sander and 150-grit sandpaper.

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    Brush paint onto the interior of the cabinet frames, starting with the back wall, then the top, sides, and bottom. Roll paint the outside surfaces, working from top to bottom.

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    Using a trim brush, paint the inside of each door. Once dry, paint the other side using a tapered sash brush. Let the drawers dry for several days, then replace the hardware and rehang the doors.