Cabinet painting can be very time consuming and tedious but if you are up for
the challenge and want to save the money by doing it yourself. these are my
recommendations. First off you are going to have to decide if you are going to
brush or spray. I will walk you through how we sprayed these cabinets. First
you should find a well ventilated area your home that has no
lit pilot lights if you want to use the primer that I did this time. Plan on
eating out for a week or two.
On this project we
removed all the furniture from the room and masked the ceilings and walls to
protect them from over spray. If you have a large empty room near your kitchen, you can utilize it to spay and or let
your draws and doors dry painted side up to reduce the risk of runs.
The first step was to wash all the cabinets with a strong solution
of T.S.P. (non rinse substitute) to make sure to remove any grease, grime and
mildew. A little bleach helps with the
mildew. T.S.P. use to say that it de-glossed shinny surfaces but it doesn't
claim that so much anymore on most brands. Jasco does.
Then you are going to want to sand all surfaces that are going
to be painted. On this job it was the cabinet faces, drawer faces, and the
inside and outside of all the doors. I find that the 4 sided (220 fine ) sanding
sponges work very well. You just want to scuff the surface to give it some
tooth. Sanding is also helpful in removing or minimizing dings and scratches.
large ones should be filled with Bondo and smaller ones with painters putty.
The next step is to remove all the doors
and hardware, number all your doors so you know where they go after all coats
have dried. I like spraying my doors on a table, letting them dry for a little
bit and the leaning them up against a wall to cure. I mark the doors inside of where the hinge was
removed and then cover it with tape
The product I used on this job was Zinsser B.I..N
Shellac primer. I dries hard and fast and is pretty easy to sand but is very
strong odored alcohol base product and need to where a good respirator. I was
fortunate to be able to use this product during the cold weather because the
homeowners left town for a week and by the time they got home all the plastic
was removed from all the walls and doorways. The work area was aired out and
the odor had dissipated.
For the two finished coats I used Benjamin
Moore ADVANCED Waterborne Interior which seemed to work very well.
The home owners got home from their
vacation and their home was back to normal only all the cabinets where painted.
They were very happy.