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Finishing your unfinished kitchen cabinet: Tips on painting kitchen cabinets

by Emily Kerr
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If you're looking for a big change for a small investment in the kitchen, consider painting your cabinets.

When it comes to painting kitchen cabinets, there's actually more to it than just opening a can of semi-gloss and brushing on paint.

Tips for painting kitchen cabinets

  1. If the kitchen cabinet has already been painted and you're touching up the color or painting a whole new color scheme, you're probably going to need a coat of primer and one or two coats of your chosen color.
  2. If your unfinished kitchen cabinet is varnished, you'll probably have to remove the varnish before you can paint or stain the wood, according to the experts at Lowe's Home Improvement.
  3. If your cabinet is already stained and you're choosing to paint over the stain, you can probably prime and paint without much preliminary work.
  4. Check with the experts if your unfinished kitchen cabinets are tile or metal. There's a paint available for just about any home project.

Painting kitchen cabinets requires a small investment in time and money. For the cost of tarps or drop cloths to keep the paint off counters and floors, one or two brushes and probably less than a gallon of paint, you can change the look of your kitchen.

About the Author
Emily Kerr is a Northern Nevada freelance writer who writes about education. Her background is in journalism, and she writes about her passions.

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