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How To Paint Unpainted Kitchen Cabinets

If your previously unpainted kitchen cabinets need replacing but it isn't in your budget at the moment, give them a new look with paint. The cost of paint will be far less expensive than the price of new cabinets, and your kitchen will have a fresh, updated look. Although painting plain wood cabinets is a fairly simple process, below is a guideline to ensure the best results.

1. Clean the Cabinets

Thoroughly clean the surface of all of the cabinets prior to painting. Removing any dirt and debris, such as dried food particles, from the cabinets will allow the paint to go on smoothly and evenly. It's also important to remove greasy fingerprints and stains so that the paint adheres correctly.

Begin the cleaning process by wiping the cabinets down with a clean microfiber cloth to remove dust. You can also use a feather duster if that's what you have on hand.

Next, spray a cleaner specifically designed for use on wood over the cabinets over the surfaces and wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove any built-up debris. Work in small sections, paying special attention to areas with hard-to-remove grime. If the cabinets are very dirty, you may have to repeat the process a few times. A gentle scrub brush may also come in handy.

Avoid using an oil-based wood soap, which will create a slick surface that paint won't properly adhere to.

2. Smooth the Cabinet Surfaces

Smooth out any small areas of imperfections in the wood using a fine-grit sandpaper or a wood sanding block. This is an important step to ensure that the paint goes on smoothly and evenly. You may also have to use a wood filler to fill in any larger dents or crevices.

Use a hand-held vacuum to remove any sanding dust, or wipe the area down with a wet cloth.

3. Apply Primer

After cleaning and sanding the cabinets as needed, remove all hardware and apply a primer-sealer to the wood so that the paint can create a secure bond.  Allow the product to thoroughly dry before painting.

4. Paint the Prepped Cabinets

Finally, choose your desired paint color and apply at least two coats over the cabinets, allowing the paint to dry in between applications. You can either play it safe with a neutral paint color, such as bright white or creamy ecru, or give your kitchen a pop of color with retro-inspired red or turquoise.

Consider using low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, which is better for the environment and will reduce the strong paint smell in your kitchen. 

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