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Yes, you can paint kitchen cabinets...and not be left with exposed brush marks or peeling paint. Kate from Centsational Girl shows us how she achieved these amazing results on her kitchen island.

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The right way to paint kitchen cabinets has always been a mystery to me, one that I've always been too intimidated to undertake by myself. That's why I was thrilled when DIY home remodeling genius Kate from Centsational Girl has done gone through the tough task on her kitchen's center island. And it turns out that the task isn't so tough anyway. Here, check out her before...

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It's impressive to see that the new white coat of paint is just as smooth as the original finish. You would really think that she had bought the island new. So, how did she do it? First, lots of sanding. While we always know to clean off the cabinets before painting, some of us (maybe even me) neglect to thoroughly sand the finish. Kate also recommends light sanding between paint coats as you work. (This is what prevents brush strokes.)

Another hint is to use an oil-based primer, which has a bonding agent and dries to a hard finish. Kate says that it's also helpful to use a conditioning additive like Penetrol to lengthen the time you have to work with the primer and to also minimize brush strokes.

Once the primer coat completely dries (and you've sanded away any rogue brush strokes), apply two coats of oil-based paint. While latex does dry quicker, an oil-based paint tends to be more durable over time. (Just be careful of white and paler shades, since oil-based formulas in these hues can yellow as they age.) For more tips, check out Kate's post on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

Want to read up on painting cabinets before you bring out the brush? Check out...
Replace, Reface or Refinish?
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
The Daily Fix: Cover a Scratch on Your Painted Cabinet

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  • mike

    The article is ok. I agree with all the surface prep and the oil primer and oil based finish. However, a great alternative to oil is the use of 100% acrylic as a finish. NOT acrylic latex. Most big box stores do not sell 100% acrylic and will tell you their latex based finish is just as good. NOT so! You will have to go to a paint store. I have been able to get it at Sherwin Williams but ask for it. IT is a great product for woodwork, especially cabinitry. It has a very durable finish, very good color retention, and it minimizes brush strokes.( not to mention the odor and cleanup issues of oil products)
    As with all paints, buy the very best brush you can get and be sure it is for the type of paint you are using.( actually, buy two and trade off brushes every few hours. It will be easier to use and give a better finish with a clean brush)
    As a side note, latex based paints are notorious for not flowing out when brushed. Thats why the brush stroke issue in fine work like kitchen cabinets. It also has leaves a slightly sticky surface in the semi-gloss and gloss products which is bad news in a kitchen where hands are on the surface as well as grease residue. Regradless of manufacturers claims on cleanability, the semi-gloss and gloss versions of latex can be difficult to clean and stain with the relatively soft, sticky surface.

  • Pam J

    Better yet, Home Depot (and maybe Lowe's) has a set you buy to redo your cabinets. It comes with something you brush on so you don't have to sand (which is the part I hate doing), a base coat and the final coat. The cost is, I think, $79 for a 10x10 kitchen. I'm not trying to push these products, I just think they are a neat idea.

  • Jim

    A very good presentation. However, if you live in California, as I do, you cannot buy oil based paint in gallon quantities. You can get quarts but at an exhorbitant price, thus making large kitchen, bathrooms and utility rooms cost prohibitive. It seems the AQMD has declared the VOC (volitile organic compounds) in oil based paint a main cause of opening up the ozone layer and affecting global warming. To most of us proffesional painters, this seems a far stretch!!!

    Any comments?

  • Steve

    The end results look nice in this video but I don't recommend painting kitchen cabinets with a paint brush. A HVLP spray gun looks much better.

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