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How to Paint Over Outdated Wood Kitchen Cabinets?

Whenever it comes to give your kitchen an authentic and classy look, wooden cabinets are ultimately what comes to our minds first. Moreover, wooden kitchen cabinets are also a preferred choice as they offer a luxurious and rich feel with minimum investments. 

 

Generally, it is recommended to hire professional interior contractors as there are components such as time efficiency, better quality, insurance cover, availability of tools and equipment, and knowledge of the basics of painting a house. 

 

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But if you are keen on utilizing your creative skills and looking forward to re-paint your kitchen cabinets that are outdated or simply want a fresh coat, here are some tips and techniques that will save you 100s of bucks. 

 

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Can you just paint over cabinets? 

It is not ideal to just paint over cabinets without making the surface smooth. Outdated wood cabinets can be repainted but they do require some preparations like sanding the surface for any scuffs, filling the holes (if there are any) for better retention of high-quality paint

 

How can I make my outdated kitchen look better? 

The fastest and quickest way is to repaint the old worn-out cabinet doors with trending paint combinations. You can always go for refinishing the old ones with glass or high-gloss shine paint to give your kitchen cabinets a sheen and sleek look. 

 

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How to Paint Over Outdated Wood Kitchen Cabinets? 

 

Step 1: Remove Cabinet Doors and Drawers 

It is a better idea to remove cabinets and take them to some open space as you don’t want to spill your paint on the entire kitchen floor and deal with the mess later on. Safely remove all the knobs, latches, nuts, or other hardware parts. 

 

 

 

Step 2: Clean the Cabinets 

It is important to clean the surface of the kitchen cabinets and the area after uninstallation of the cabinets as you would not want to put back the entire cabinet on a pile of mess. In addition, prepping the wooden surface before paint requires a crucial step like cleaning the cabinets. 

 

But if cleaning is not your cup of tea, you may as well leave it to MGP’s professional painters who will complete the job for you from scratch to finish. 

 

Step 3: Repair holes, dents or Gouges 

If you had installed your cabinets a long time back, there are higher chances that the cabinets might have experienced a few scratches, holes, and even gouges over time. So, your next ideal step should be to fill any holes, dents, or gouges using dowels and some instant glue.  

 

Step 4: Sand the surface 

Allow the holes to dry after you have put glue and then use sandpaper to smoothen the surface outside the cupboards. 

 

If your repainting project is only a facelift for the cabinets, you may skip sanding within the cabinets. Cover the edges with painters' tape for a perfect completion and sand just the front surfaces. 

 

While sanding, analyze the cabinet. It is not mandatory to eliminate the entire paint which is already in sound condition. Gently apply the sandpaper to worn spaces of old paint. In addition, make sure to sand over glossy regions to deglaze any excess past finish. Obstinate completions might require scouring with denatured liquor and fine steel fleece. 

 

Sand the regions that are sticking off for any oil buildup getting under the paint layers in the wood. Any place you sand down to uncovered wood, attempt to mix or "quill" the edges where the old paint meets the wood so the new paint will lay on the level. 

 

Vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces. If you have an air blower, utilize high-constrain air to blow the residue out of cleft or hard-to-reach areas. Wipe down the cabinets to be painted with fabric to get any excess sanding buildup.

 

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Step 5: Apply Primer  

Use a decent quality 3-inch brush to apply an even layer of primer to all surfaces to guarantee an all-around reinforced completion. Usually, only one coat of primer does the trick. But if a preliminary coat isn’t enough, you may put on another coat. 

 

Another benefit of applying primer is to give a decent base to semi-shine, water-based paints. Reflexive polish paints were once the favored choice for kitchen cabinets since it opposes stains and water and is effortlessly cleaned; however, the present water-based paints are simpler to work with and give a similar finish.

 

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Step 6: Apply Semi-gloss Latex Paint 

Start by painting the interiors of the cabinet and openings of the face outlines, the external sides, and lastly the outside fronts. This allows you to work systematically and empowers you to see and address any dribbles on the most apparent regions. 

 

Then, paint the cabinet’s fronts, alongside any different wood pieces or moldings. Evenly apply the paint and ensure to cover the entire space. Flimsy coats leave less apparent brushstrokes and dry all the more rapidly. Don't apply thick coats of paint or overdo it. Applying too many brush strokes will make bubbles appear. 

 

Let the paint dry completely. Give it four to five hours between each coat. Two layers of value paint are typically all that is important, yet you might need to add a third coat since kitchen cupboards take a bunch of applications.

 

Step 7: Put the knobs or any other hardware back 

In case you are joining another piece of equipment in a better place than the first, utilize a mix square to stamp the position of the equipment on entryways and cabinet fronts. Slide the marker to estimations and imprint with a pencil.

 

Step 8: Pre-drill then attach hardware 

Focus the spring punch on the imprint, pull back, and discharge. Then, at that point pre-drill every one of the openings set apart by the spring punch. Add the equipment screws from the back and fix them into the handle with a screwdriver.


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