Kitchen Makeover: Painting Cupboard Doors
by Gina Pogol
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Need a quick and inexpensive lift for your kitchen? Try paint for a new look without a big mess. You can be as trendy as you like with paint because it is easy and cheap to redo whenever you get the urge. Follow these steps for a professional look when painting cupboard doors.
- Before painting, remove cabinet doors and handles. You may want to number them for easy re-hanging.
- If you have wooden cabinets with varnished or stained surfaces, take them to a well-ventilated area, then strip them with the appropriate chemicals.
- Clean the doors to remove grime.
- Apply multi-surface primer or primer designed for your cabinetry type (wood, melamine, or metal).
- Gently sand primed surface to smooth, then dust off before applying paint.
- Use several thin coats of paint rather than one or two thick blobby coats.
- Always paint in a well-ventilated space. Fumes can make you silly and get you sick.
- Choose the right paint for the material or finish of your cabinets; stained wood, painted wood, melamine or metal.
- Paint several coats of semi- or high-gloss paint for wood cabinets; choose specialized paint for melamine or metal.
- Allow paint to dry between applications.
- Create a smooth finish by spraying or use a brush for a more rustic look.
About the Author
Gina Pogol has been writing about mortgage and finance since 1994. In addition to a decade in mortgage lending, she has worked as a business credit systems consultant for Experian and as an accountant for Deloitte. She graduated with High Distinction f
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