Hi, and welcome back to the blog! Today I am going to be talking about how to refinish cabinets! Refinishing cabinets can dramatically transform a space without spending a lot of money.
The first step is removing all hardware! This may seem like a silly thing to note, but you do not want to try and paint the cabinets with the hardware on the doors, or drawers, and you want to remove all doors and drawers from the base unit of the cabinet. It is a tedious step, but one that does not take much time, and you will thank yourself later.
The next step is using a de-glossing liquid. I like to use Klean Strip Liquid Sandpaper; you can find this at Home Depot for around $6.00. This will remove and glossy finish or varnish that was placed on the cabinets to preserve the finish. I always do this step in addition to sanding, because using the liquid allows me to get into small spaces and the more intricate designs of the cabinets.
After using the liquid sand I use a 80-120 grit sand paper and give the base, doors, and drawers a nice light sand to rough up the surface a bit. This helps the primer stick to the surface! Give everything a wipe down with a microfiber cloth after sanding (you want to remove all of the dust before applying your primer).
Priming is a step that you should never skip! The primer is what bonds your paint to your cabinets. This goes on in a thin layer, and will need to sit for twenty four hours.
After your primer has sat for twenty four hours, you take 80-120 grit sand paper and give is a VERY light sanding. You do not want to remove any of the primer, you just want to make sure you are smoothing out any drips, brush strokes, or imperfections before applying your first coat of paint.
My favorite line to paint cabinets with is the
Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. This line is self leveling and it will give you a nice cover with minimal brush strokes.
Apply a smooth first coat of paint with a foam roller brush on the flat surfaces and use a brush on the areas that are harder to get to with a roller.
After the first coat has dried (around four hours) take your 80-120 grit sandpaper and clean up any areas that may look rough, or any drips. Apply your second coat.
You will not need anything on top of the Urethane! So now you can wait for everything to dry and then attach all of the hardware and put everything back on the base of the cabinets!
Painting cabinets can feel like a very hard task to tackle. It is time consuming, but if you have the patience, and an eye for detail (without cutting corners!) your cabinets will have a whole new life! Thank you for joining me on the blog today!
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