How to paint your cabinets for a fresh new look

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 18, 2022
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Paint cabinet in what color and how to paint a cabinet.

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Old cabinets are often discarded because they are no longer beautiful or have a dark brown color. However, these cabinets can undergo a metamorphosis that makes them look brand new again. It depends on what color you want to give a cabinet. Often a light color is chosen. Usually in a white color or off-white. Or do you already like bright colors. It is a matter of taste and you should definitely also look at your walls and ceilings. Usually a light color always fits. Then you have to ask yourself which painting technique you want to use. Painting a cabinet can be done in either a satin gloss or a high gloss. Which is also nice to paint the cabinet with white wash paint. You will then get a bleaching effect. The possibilities are endless.

Painting kitchen cabinets with the aim of a makeover

Painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is like new and painting kitchen cabinets is not an expensive thing.

You often paint kitchen cabinets because you either want a completely different kitchen or just a different color.

If you want to choose a different color, you have to take the light of your kitchen into account.

A kitchen unit soon takes approx. 10m m2 and if you choose a dark color it will come to you quickly.

So choose a color that makes you feel good.

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If you opt for a completely different kitchen, you can think of a different color, different fittings and make a profile of the doors and possibly expand the cabinets.

Painting kitchen cabinets is a cheap solution

Editing kitchen cabinets is the cheapest solution as opposed to buying a new kitchen.

You can freshen up the kitchen with painting kitchen cabinets.

You first need to know what material the kitchen is made of.

A kitchen can be made of veneer, plastic or solid wood.

Nowadays, kitchens are also made of MDF boards.

How to treat MDF boards, I refer you to my article: MDF boards

Always use a primer that is suitable for these substrates.

Before you start, it is best to disassemble all doors and drawers from the kitchen, removing all hinges and fittings.

Kitchen cupboards   according to which procedure?

After applying the primer, you treat kitchen cabinets exactly the same as all windows or doors. (degrease, sand between layers and remove dust).

Only thing you have to pay attention to is that you are going to sand with grit P 280, because the surface must remain smooth.

Because you use a kitchen a lot, you should use a paint that is very scratch-resistant and wear-resistant.

In this case, this is polyurethane paint.

That paint has these properties.

You can choose both systems: water-based paint or alkyd paint.

In this case I choose turpentine based because it dries less quickly and is easier to process.

The so-called re-rolling is not a problem with this paint.

Always apply two coats for a better end result, but keep in mind the drying time between coats.

Painting cabinets, with what preparation and how do you do this?

Painting a cabinet, like other surfaces or objects, requires good preparation. We assume that you want to paint the cabinet in a satin alkyd paint or acrylic paint. Remove any handles first. Then you have to degrease well with an all-purpose cleaner. Then lightly sand the woodwork. If you don’t like dust, you can also wet sand (use these steps here). When you’re done with this, you have to make everything dust-free.
Now you can apply the first coat with a primer. When this primer has dried, sand it lightly with 240-grit sandpaper. Then make everything dust-free again. Now you start painting the top coat. You can choose to take silk gloss. You don’t see much of that. Don’t forget to paint the ends as well. When the paint has completely cured, you can apply the last layer of lacquer. Don’t forget to sand between coats. You will see that your closet has been completely refurbished and has a completely different look. Painting a cabinet then becomes a fun activity. Have any of you ever painted a closet yourself? Let me know by leaving a comment below this article.

Thanks in advance.

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I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.