Upgrading Kitchen Furniture: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets in White


An organized kitchen is a comfortable place to work in. Whether making a quick meal or even a big dinner. A ‘must-have’ feature to help you in kitchen organization is the kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are one of the first things you see when you walk into a kitchen. Many interior designer will tell you that, first impressions are extremely important.

Sometimes, when people already have a set of kitchen cabinet, after a period of time they just want to remodel or upgrade their kitchen look to keep it stylish, up to date and comfortable. Some by selling the old cabinets and buy the new ones. But when not everyone have enough time or budget to do that kind of change, painting the kitchen cabinet is not a problem to do. It is going to cost lover than buying the new ones, though.

One of the most favorite colors to be used as a kitchen cabinet set is white. White furniture will make your room look brighter and feel more spacious. It also make you free to choose an accent with other colors or busy patterns in the other side of the kitchen.

In this post, we are going to share some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets white. So, before you start to do it, have some info to do to prevent the inefficiency of work.

1. Prepare

Empty the cabinets completely and then clean it thoroughly. Make sure all grease and dirt are gone. After that remove any knobs and handles and check hinges. Tape off paint-free parts carefully, such as hinges, countertops, and appliances. Use a wood filler to repair holes and imperfections. And then, sand cabinets. If there’s so much paint that the surface looks like crocodile skin, consider stripping.

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2. Priming

Priming your work is crucial. Avoid the all-in-one primer and paint products, because they don’t do the job well. Oil primer and paint adhere the best and give the longest-lasting results on cabinets. But, because of VOCs, oil is outlawed in many states. A good alternative is water-soluble waterborne paint. But remember, that it dries quickly. So, consider to add an extender to give more time for you to have a nice finish without any brush marks.

If you are going to paint your cabinets white, of course it might have been in a darker color before. So you have to consider tinting the primer to match the final color. If your color transition is a little bit or too extreme, you might instead add a coat of underbody. After your base coat dries, it’s important to sand the cabinets all over again, but not as aggressively as the first time.

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3. Quality Paint

The kitchen cabinets will get a better coverage and results using quality paint. Don’t be a penny wise but all you get is a bad result and maintenance. Two coats of paint are essential for cabinets. But you may want to add a third coat because kitchen cabinets take lots of punishment from cooking heat and day-to-day use, and wood surfaces need all the protection they can get. To get the nicest finish, use a brush, a 2- to 2 1/2-inch fine bristle brush. Ventilate the room by putting direct a fan out the window and wear the masks they sell in paint stores. Keep things clean to make it easier to finish the work.

Have a good time to paint your cabinets in white. If you have any experience and brilliant idea in how to paint kitchen cabinets white, you can share with us anytime you want!

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