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How To Paint Your Cabinets (the right way)

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Many people live in older homes, which means they may have older wood cabinets. We know those old and tired cabinets are boring your kitchen to death and nobody should have to look at that while trying to cook! You’ve been telling yourself you’ll remodel eventually, but you never get to it whether it’s because of money, time, or you just don’t know how to start. Well now, you have us to give you a few helpful tips to bring your cabinets back to life. Instead of replacing all of them, just give the original ones a fresh coat of paint! You can keep the same color or pick a new one to give the kitchen space a new look! Remodeling your cabinets can be easier than you think, as long as you do the job right!



If you want to give new life to old wooden kitchen cabinets, painting is a great choice! You have several good paint options. For the best adhesion and a harder, more durable finish, an oil-based paint is tough to beat. But you must be willing to put up with the strong odor and solvent cleanup, along with a longer drying and curing time than you’d get if you used an ordinary water-based paint. Plus, the color may yellow over time.

The best solution to avoid the hassle of oil-based paint is a new-technology waterborne acrylic enamel paint (such as Satin Impervo by Benjamin Moore) that delivers the good flow, leveling and hardening characteristics of an oil-based paint without the odor and long drying time. These new paints dry fast and clean up with soap and water. The main challenge is a smooth finish, but pros say that if the waterborne acrylic enamel is applied heavily enough and worked in small sections, it will flatten out nicely. Avoid a dry brush and going over sections already starting to dry!



Don’t forget other keys to success when painting cabinets—surface preparation (degreasing, cleaning and sanding), priming (use a top-quality primer), brushing (use the best-quality brush for the type of paint) and drying (follow label directions). All of these steps will help you get the cabinets that you’ve been dreaming of!


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