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Cabinet Painting Guide: How to Refresh Your Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

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Today, we’re talking cabinets. You know, those essential accents in your kitchen and bathroom that you rarely think about until they start to show their age.

At JC Custom Painting, we believe that a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into your cabinets. But today’s not about us. We’re here to share some insider tips on the cabinet painting process to help you dominate your next project like a pro.

Table of Contents

man removing cabinet handle.

Step 1: Prepping Your Cabinets for Painting

First, let’s clear the stage for our project. AKA removing doors, drawer faces, knobs, and hinges. By doing this, we can work on each piece individually, making sure that every nook and cranny gets the attention it deserves.

cleaning cabinet.

Step 2: Cabinet Cleaning Before Painting

The next step involves a deep clean for your cabinets. Using a degreaser and alcohol solution, you can ensure all dirt and grease are thoroughly removed. A clean surface is a perfect canvas for a remarkable paint job!

sanding a cabinet before painting.

Step 3: Sanding Cabinets for a Smooth Finish

After the cabinets are spick and span, simply treat them to a sanding session with 200 and 400 grit sandpaper.

No need to lose your mind over this step – just sand until no imperfections are noticeable. This process helps the primer and paint adhere better, leading to a beautifully smooth, chip-free finish.

applying cabinet primer.

Step 4: Applying Primer for Long-Lasting Paint

Now it’s time to lay the foundation for your paint with a couple of coats of Insl-X Stix Primer or Shellac Primer. These high-quality primers help ensure a strong bond between the paint and the cabinet surface, enhancing durability.

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Step 5: Choosing the Right Paint for Your Cabinets

Now comes the fun part—the paint! After selecting your favorite colors, carefully apply three coats, maintaining a consistent stroke so that each cabinet matches. Also keep an eye out for drips and blend them as soon as you can (the wetter the paint, the easier it is to blend).

At JC Custom Painting, we love Benjamin Moore Advance paint since it provides a glass-like, durable finish. This paint is the superstar that makes your cabinets shine and withstand the daily hustle and bustle of your kitchen or bathroom.

reinstalling cabinet handle after painting.

Step 6: Reassembly After Cabinet Painting

The final act in the winning painting process is reassembling your cabinets. Once all paint has dried, you can put back the doors, drawer faces, hinges, and knobs, ensuring everything is as it should be.

And there you have it! A step-by-step guide to transforming your cabinets from worn-out to wow! We hope these tips provide valuable insight into the cabinet painting process. If you’re considering a cabinet revamp, we’re just a call away. Happy painting, Northern Virginia!


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