I told you about my new love affair with the best paint sprayer I’ve used — if you are considering this project I HIGHLY recommend it. It will get the job done well.
This is the entire cabinet painting process, step by step to break it down for you. Painting your cabinets is NOT hard. It’s a practice in patience and it can be stressful at times, but it’s not hard. 🙂
Prepping your cabinets for paint
1. Remove and label all of your drawer and cabinet fronts.
If there is something you’ll need to remember how to put back together, take a photo of it before you take it apart. I did that with our tip out tray doors and it helped a ton:
Number your cabinets doors when you take them off — use painters tape and a sharpie and write the number of the cabinet on the tape. This will eliminate the guessing game of where they go back when you are done!
2. Wipe down your cabinets with a wet rag, then sand lightly. I used a 220 grit sanding sponge.
I recommend wiping them down first. If there’s crud on them, sometimes that just gums up the sanding block. It’s best to clean them a bit first and then sand.
You don’t have to go crazy with sanding — more on that in a minute. But you just need to get a little bit of the shine off the cabinets. I didn’t sand much, just a quick pass over the fronts.
3. After sanding you need to clean them well.
The BEST product I’ve found that I’ve used over the years is TSP.
I used it in a spray bottle already mixed but I can’t find that anymore. This mix works as well. Spray it on, wipe it off and then do another wipe with a clean, wet rag to make sure all of it is removed.
There are TSP substitutes, like Krud Kutter that is good stuff too.
I really like that the spray version is already mixed up. But if you can’t find the TSP spray, this is a good option.