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Do you have kitchen cabinets that are drab, boring, and lifeless? Are you ready to make a change that will give your entire kitchen a new look? The great news is you can without paying a fortune for having new cabinets built. Too often, people cringe when they hear about painted kitchen cabinets. In truth, if the project is done without rushing, using the right primer and paint, and knowing the appropriate techniques, your kitchen cabinets can look brand new just by painting them. Even if you just want to give your cabinets a lift, you can add paint accents that will give them an entirely different look.

Whether your cabinets are real wood or veneer, paint will stick. Choosing the color is the best part of this project. If you have an older or dark kitchen, choosing light colors will lighten the entire room. If your kitchen is open and airy, try adding bright colors to make the kitchen pop. Just keep in mind that the kitchen is a busy room and you want a color scheme that you can live with for a long time. Choose a high quality of paint to ensure you get a fantastic finish. By painting kitchen cabinets, if you get tired of one look, you can always change it.

Before you actually start painting, make sure your kitchen is well ventilated. Painting kitchen cabinets is a project that should be done during the months when windows can be left open. In other words, this is not a good winter project. Start by getting all the needed equipment together to include:
  • Screwdriver
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate)
  • Sponge and Bucket
  • Sandpaper (coarse or fine)
  • Masking tape
  • Two quarts of quality oil- or water-based primer
  • One gallon of quality oil-based paint in satin, semi-gloss, or glossy finish
  • Paint tray and two tray liners
  • One 2 �-inch natural bristle brush (this is important to ensure the bristles do not break off and stick to your cabinets)
  • Roller handle with three lamb's wool roller sleeves
  • Paint thinner
  • Large can (coffee or soup can)
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
Remove all the hardware from the cabinets and drawers, taking the front cabinet doors completely off. Put the newspaper or drop cloth down on the floor so you can protect it from messy paint. Use the TSP to clean all the cabinet and drawer surfaces. TSP is in powder form and will be mixed in a bucket with water. Using the sponge, wash down all the surfaces and then allow them to completely dry. Once dry, sand the surfaces, removing any gouges or rough spots, and then gently wipe off excessive grit. Do not wipe down completely as you want a little left so the primer will stick. Using a roller and brush, apply the primer, starting with the back of the doors first. When the back is dry, turn the door over on the other side, and prime it. After all the surfaces have been primed, thoroughly clean the roller and brush in paint thinner. When done, throw the roller tray liner and sleeve away. Now you can take a break overnight to allow the surfaces to dry. If your cabinets are black or extra dark prior to painting, you may need to apply two coats of primer.

The following day, apply your first coat of paint. Allow that coat to dry a full 24 hours. After the first coat is dry, check for any bubbles, which can be gently sanded with fine grit sandpaper. Using either roller or brush, go back over that spot and again allow it to dry completely. If necessary, apply a second coat, again allowing 24 hours to dry. Once the cabinets are finished, you can put them back together with the old hardware or if you prefer, you can jazz them up by adding new stylish hardware and knobs. Once the painting is complete, if you wish, you can add artwork or some type of design to enhance your newly painted cabinets.
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