In the last past, we have already known about the 2 first steps in 9 steps to paint kitchen cabinets. In this post, we will continue and finish this one.
STEP THREE Smooth Dings or Divots
Using a putty knife, fill any dings or divots with wood putty. Also, fill any old hardware holes if you plan on changing out the knobs and pulls.
Using 100-grit sandpaper, sand the putty smooth and rough up the cabinets’ finish. Sand with the grain, and apply enough pressure to push the paper into any crevices, nicks, or dents without rounding over the edges. Screw cup hooks into the edge of the doors and drawers—on the top edge of upper cabinets and on the bottom edge of lower cabinets and drawers.
STEP FOUR Prime the cabinets
Lay the doors facedown. Using a 2½-inch paintbrush, apply a coat of primer. Brush first against the grain and then with it. Paint the interior panel before the rails and stiles. Let the primer dry to the touch before flipping the pieces to paint the other side. Prime the outside of the cabinet boxes (and the inside if desired) while waiting for the doors to dry.
Let the doors and drawer fronts dry to the touch, keeping them flat so the paint levels off. Then hang them from the cup hooks to cure completely.
STEP FIVE Sand the Primer
Allow the primer to dry for several hours. Using a random-orbit sander and 220-grit sandpaper, smooth away any brushstrokes in the primer on the panels and other flat surfaces.
STEP SIX Sand the Primer
Sand the trim using a fine-grit sanding sponge. Push the sponge into the groove of any trim detailing. Sand the cabinet boxes and frames in the same manner.
Vacuum all surfaces thoroughly; then wipe them down with a tack cloth. If necessary, apply a second coat of primer and resand the surface until you achieve a smooth, grain-free base coat.
STEP SEVEN Brush on the Finish Color
Use a new chisel-tipped paintbrush to apply the finish color. Beginning on the back of the doors and drawer fronts, brush on the paint, going with the grain. Paint the panels first; then work your way out to the rails and stiles. Apply a thin coating to avoid drips and uneven coverage.
While the doors and drawers are drying, keep them perfectly flat to allow the paint to level off. Meanwhile, paint the cabinet boxes and face frames.
Once the doors and drawers are dry to the touch, flip them over and coat the face, again working from the interior panel out to the rails and stiles. Let them sit flat until they’re dry to the touch. Then hang them to dry for another 2 hours before applying the second coat.
STEP EIGHT Alternate Application: Spray the Paint On
To keep the paint smooth, you should use a brush on the cabinet boxes and face frames. But for a superior finish on the doors and drawer fronts, you can apply a single coat with an airless paint sprayer. Spray the edges first; then fill in the field on the face of the door. Make sure to overlap each pass by about 50 percent, and don’t let up on the trigger until the spray is completely off the surface.
Keep the doors and drawers flat and level until they are dry to the touch. Then hang them to dry completely.
STEP NINE Install the Doors, Drawers, and Hardware
Once the cabinets have totally cured (another day or two, depending on the weather), attach the hinges to the doors and then to the cabinet boxes—fit them by turning the adjustment screws. Install the drawer faces.
Screw on the knobs and pulls.
If your cabinets are not level, fool the eye by adjusting the hinges until the door and drawer seams look even.
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