Aug 16, 2016

How to Paint your Cabinets without a sprayer

What you'll need ...

1. Semi gloss paint with a primer (the higher quality the better here)
2. Paint stirrer
3. Electric sander
4. 150 grit paper
5. Sand paper sponge
6. Mini roller
7. Mini roller paint tray
8. Paint brush
9. Smooth paint roller
10. Something to lift and hold your cabinets so you can sand and paint them
11. Heavy duty cleaner
12. Wet rag
13. Dry rag
14. Sponge
15. Screwdriver

What you'll do … 

My top tip if you're doing all the cabinets in your kitchen, and you don't have a solid two or three days to do them, is to remove the doors in sections. Take three or four off the hinges, and leave the rest. Sand, paint, recoat, and reinstall them, then remove another section and do those, and so on and so forth. This helps you to not be overwhelmed, and keeps you from getting burnt out. It is a process, and does take quite a bit of time. So prepare those biceps baby! Sanding and painting ain't easy.

1. Remove all hindges and knobs from doors and cabinets.

2. Clean all the cabinets you'll be painting with the gritty side of a sponge + cleaning solution (we used this one).

3. Sand the cabinet doors with your electric sander until your cabinets are completely smooth. The smoother the surface is the better the paint job will look, aka the less streaky it will be.

4. Be sure and get in to the grooves of your cabinet doors, if there are any, with your sand paper or your sand sponge.

5. Use your wet rag to clean off all the dust from sanding. Make sure you wipe each door completely clean. If you leave any residue on them, the paint job will be splotchy and uneven.

6. Use your dry rag to ensure your cabinets are dry and ready to paint.

7. Apply a thin coat into any groves on your cabinet doors with the brush. This step could be compared to trimming or framing walls when you paint them. Make sure your strokes in the grooves extend the entire length of the cabinet. Use even strokes from top to bottom.  If you do small strokes you can create streaks where you stop.

8. Using your roller, paint the cabinets with light and even strokes. Make sure your strokes extend the entire length of the cabinet. Again, use even strokes from top to bottom. If you do small strokes here too you can create streaks where you stop rolling.

9. Less is more. The thinner the coat of paint you apply the better. You can always add as many layers of paint as you need to make the paint job even, but if you put too much and it dries globby, you will have to re-sand the cabinet door and start over.

10. Let the paint dry. Follow dry time on the paint can's directions.

11. Lightly sand. After your paint has dried sand to remove any debre that settled during drying, and to create another smooth surface for the next layer of paint to stick to. Don't go too crazy here, just a light sand.

12. Use wet rag to clean surface.

13. Use your dry rag to remove any remaining residue.

14. Repaint using steps 7 through 13 until you have the look you want.

15. The process we used on the cabinet doors is the same process you apply to the cabinet framing that holds the doors. Clean it with your cleaning solution and sponge. Use your sanding sponge to sand them. Paint with the roller, and brush if needed. Let them dry, give them a light re-sand between each dried layer of paint, clean them off, and reapply paint if needed. Do this until your desired look is achieved.

16. There you have it! Freshly painted cabinets!

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