This is the before picture of my kitchen.
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Step by step how to prep and paint oak cabinets:
- wash down all doors, drawers and facings with warm soapy water, rinse and dry
- remove doors and drawer fronts, and all hardware. Identify each door and drawer so that you know where each goes when it’s time to reinstall.
- fill holes if you are changing out handles. I switched from handles to knobs so I only filled one hole on each door. On the lower doors I filled the lower hole, on the upper doors I filled the upper hole. I used Elmer’s wood filler. (hint: put a piece of Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape on the inside of the hole to keep the putting from going all the way through) Let dry, lightly sand.
- tape inside edge of all doors and drawer fronts. (I did not paint the inside of my cabinets.)
- lightly sand doors and drawer fronts to remove any sheen. I used 220 grit sand paper. I did the doors and drawer fronts outside. Make sure to wipe off ALL dust from sanding.
- lightly sand the front facings and ends of cabinets. I never emptied my cabinets, however I had some small cheap garbage bags that I used to cover up my contents. After I finished sanding, I removed the plastic and threw it away. Wipe down all dust. (Not Pictured Below)
- tape off any areas that will be too difficult to keep paint from splattering. (I taped the edge where my counter top meets the front of the counter. See pictures) I always use ScotchBlue Painters Tape.
- I used oil based primer as a base for all wood surfaces. I used a sprayer from Harbor Freight. (outdoors) for doors and drawer fronts. (please follow all safety precautions using an approved respirator and safety goggles) I used a small foam roller for the front facings. Two coats of primer, lightly sanding in between coats. I used an “in-between coats” sponge sandpaper. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before moving ahead on any of these paint steps. I allowed 24 hours in between EVERY coat. I did not tape any front facings. Using a foam roller helps the paint not to get inside the cabinets. UPDATE: I now use a Fine Finish Sprayer from HomeRight.
- Spray (outdoors) doors and drawer fronts with latex paint. I used Dutch Boy Refresh (quart) Semi-gloss in Sweetened White.
- Use a small foam roller to paint the facings and ends of cabinets. Again, I let this coat dry 24 hours. All in all, I did about 4 light coats on the doors and drawer fronts with my sprayer. I did three light coats (foam roller) on all the facings and cabinet ends.
- Allow all wood surfaces to fully cure before reinstalling. I waited about two weeks, storing the doors and drawer fronts indoors while they cured.
- Install all hardware and reinstall all doors and drawer fronts in their original places.
A more affordable and easy to use option is a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer.
I also painted my vinyl floor.
The almond color plate cover has been replaced, please overlook it.
Update: I also painted my counter tops.