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How do I refinish kitchen cabinet colors?

Kitchen cabinet colors can be changed by refinishing with a few common tools. It’s a good way to save money on the cost of buying new cabinets. The color of kitchen cabinets can be changed by painting them. It’s important to prepare the surface before you paint by cleaning it. You may also need to use a primer before painting. Refinished kitchen cabinets can brighten up your entire kitchen.

Preparation

The hardware and doors should be removed to prepare the surface for refinishing. The most important thing before you begin is to remove all grease and dirt. A degreasing cleanser will easily remove the grease. Use a nonshrinking putty to fill in nicks on your cabinets. The doors and cabinet frames should be sanded thoroughly. Before you begin, make sure there’s sufficient ventilation. You can use sanding sponges or a random orbital sander. A vibrating sander will make the wood smooth. A tack cloth will remove the dust. A medium-grit sandpaper can sand cabinets with a lot of flaws. The fine-grit sandpaper is used to get a smooth finish.

Primers

The area where you’re going to use a primer must be well ventilated. A coat of primer should be applied to kitchen cabinets before you apply paint or stain to change the color. Oil-based or quality water-based primers such as 100 percent acrylic latex will help the paint adhere well and keep it from peeling. Primer should also be applied if you’re planning to paint over stained cabinets. This prevents the color of the stain from coming through the color of the paint. A light sanding may be done after the primer is completely dry to remove dust nips. Always, wipe your kitchen cabinets off after sanding. A primer isn’t necessary if your cabinets are already painted.

Paint

High-quality paint should be used to paint kitchen cabinets. An oil-based paint gives a high-gloss finish but shouldn’t be used over water-based primers. It’s best to use oil paint if your kitchen cabinets already have several layers of oil paint—water-based paint could cause the oil paint to crack. Use semigloss paint for kitchen cabinets that were painted before. Hinges can also be painted if they’re stain sealed. Your cabinet doors should be kept open so they dry thoroughly. Wait at least 24 hours before replacing the hardware.

Source:

Magic Daves: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Ask the Builder: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

DIY Guides: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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