How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Introduction: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Looking to give your kitchen a whole new look? Refinishing your cabinets can be a daunting task, but with these tips from Country Chic Paint, you'll feel like a painting pro. Read this post to learn all about painting your cabinets and how you can win some refinishing products of your own!

In this tutorial we'll show you our tips and tricks on how to refurbish your kitchen with Country Chic Paint products for a beautiful and durable finish. If you'd rather watch a video, we also have a video tutorial available in the very last step.

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Step 1: Detach and Clean Your Cabinet Doors

The very first thing you'll want to do when refinishing your kitchen cabinets is to take each door off its hinges and give them a good cleaning. Since there are often food contaminants and oil in kitchens, they're prone to being quite messy. We recommend by giving each door a good wipe down with a mixture of water and vinegar to start. Make sure you follow this with a wipe down using just water to remove any last remaining surface contaminants as you don't want cleaning products leaving a residue.

Step 2: Sand Each Door

After removing oil and dirt, give each door a light sanding with a fine-grit sanding block. You shouldn't need to sand for very long (about 30 seconds per door should do it) but it will give the paint more to grip onto which will mean better adhesion and durability. Since cabinets are a time consuming project to begin with and you want your work to last, this will be time well spent!

Don't skip cleaning before you sand your piece or you might end up pushing contaminants further into the wood!

Step 3: Apply Your Paint

Shake and stir your paint, then pour some off into a cup or jar to avoid contamination of your entire can. Apply paint in one direction to ensure a smooth, even finish with minimal brush strokes. Keep in mind that it's better to do two thin coats than one thick coat.

Make sure you allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step!

Step 4: Finish With Tough Coat

Because kitchen cabinets need to withstand a lot of usage, we recommend finishing them with our Tough Coat. It will give your cabinets a very high-end, durable finish that can stand up to daily wear and tear and will wipe clean beautifully. Two coats is best for optimal protection.

Stop by our Tough Coat application tutorial for tips on how to apply this product.

Keep in mind that it takes about one week for Tough Coat to gain full strength, so be extra careful if you decide to use your cabinets straight away.

Step 5:

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne refinishing a cabinet door in Vanilla Frosting first hand!

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