So you want to update your cabinets and don’t know where to begin? Let me first encourage you by saying, “YES YOU CAN do this!” There are tons of blogs out there with much better instructions than mine but I wanted you to know that this very novice girl can do this project then so can you! And I’ll prove it by listing the steps I did and the finished product. This project is a super cheap (which is what I always go for) way to update/change the room.
Head to the store of your choice and get
- 150 grade sand paper (several sheets)
- A high quality latex primer
- Your color of choice latex color paint
- new hardware/knobs
It’s best to do this project on a Sat morning so you can allow plenty of drying time all weekend before putting the cabinet back together. If your weather is humid like mine, you have to pay special attention to make sure each coat is completely dry.
- Take off your cabinet doors and remove any hardware using a screwdriver (place in plastic baggie to avoid losing anything)
- Sand in the direction of the grain to take off any gloss and grit the surface (also removes grease and gunk)
- Wipe dust off cabinet and doors using a damp cloth
- Allow to dry completely (or use hair dryer)
- Tape off floor and wall touching cabinets in the room
- Begin priming the cabinet and then prime the doors (prop the doors on blocks of wood) – paint all in the same direction going with the grain
- Let dry for 2 hours or until completely dry and not sticky
- Paint with your favorite color using 2 coats — allow to dry about 2 hours in between coats. Once finished, allow to dry 24 hours before reattaching back to the cabinets.
I was able to refinish this cabinet for under $75. I could’ve done it much cheaper but I made some mistakes in purchasing MUCH too primer and paint. Ah well. Live and learn.