Painting a Wood Cabinet
Brush up on your DIY skills with this step-by-step guide.
Painting a wood cabinet with your own hands is the most profitable and successful solution. You can update and embellish your cabinet without any special expenses.
- Before painting a wood cabinet, you should remove the hardware and set it aside or discard it.
- Wipe away dust with a tack cloth. If the piece is really dirty, clean it with a solution of dish soap and water, then wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Remove the drawers. Before painting a wood cabinet, sand the cabinet down and drawer fronts with a medium-grit sanding block – the point is to roughen up the wood so the primer will stick to it. Remove dust with a tack cloth or vacuum.
- Fill any large scratches with a putty knife and a patching compound, such as Ready Patch. If you’ll be drilling new holes for different hardware, fill the old holes. Let dry overnight, then sand the areas you patched with a slightly finer sanding block. Wipe away dust with a tack cloth.
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- Prime the cabinet and drawer fronts. Use a straight brush for large areas and a small angled brush for tight corners. When the primer has dried, you may have to repatch spots where the patching compound has shrunk. Let dry for about an hour. Sand, wipe away dust and brush on another coat of primer. Let dry.
- Sand the cabinet and drawer fronts with a fine sanding block. Use a tack cloth to wipe away dust. Paint the cabinet and draw fronts. Let dry following the paint can’t instructions, usually about four hours. Apply a second coat. Let dry overnight.
- Drill holes for new hardware, if necessary. Attach the hardware. Replace the drawers.
What You’ll Need
- Sanding blocks with different grits
- Patching compound
- Putty knife
- 2 1/2″ – wide straight brush and 1 1/2″ wide angled brush