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Painting Kitchen Cabinets

This is one of the most requested articles that we've seen lately.  We do not know why it has become popular lately but, nevertheless, here it is.

Let us start with a quick reality-check:  Painting kitchen cabinets, especially those with very glossy finishes, does not produce a finish that is as durable as painting plain wood.  The finish is fairly tough but will not resist forks, pans and other abuse often seen in kitchens.  I let the paint dry for 6 hours and attempted to scratch it.  I had to push my fingernail pretty hard (it hurt) against the finish to scratch it, but scratch it did.  However, after 6 days, I could barely make a dent in it.  If you are going to do this, try it in an inconspicuous place first.

If your cabinets have a high-gloss finish, you might have to use a deglosser in addition to the steps illustrated here.  Parks makes one.  You might also consider other alternatives.

High quality finish needs ample time to cure

High quality finish needs ample time to cure 

Level of Difficulty

Time Required:
 4 hours
Quality paint brush
Screw driver

Quality paint
Sand paper (320-400 grit)
Steel wool (fine and extra fine)
Paint thinner or mineral spirits
TSP or cleaner
Safety Precautions
Adequate ventilation required during and while paint is drying.

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