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Old 08-24-07, 10:26 AM
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advice on painting kitchen cabinets

my kitchen cabinets are pretty ugly so im going to paint them white. has anyone here done this before? i have a few questions about doing this...

1. do i need to sand ever bit of stain of the cabinet or just rough it up? ive sanded the doors and drawers bare but the cabinet part will be a pain to do that and i want a minimal amount of dust.

2. what kind of paint is best?

3. what kind of primer is best? i planned on useing killz. also do i need to give it
a good coat of primer or just a thin layer?

4. roller or brush? what kind of either one?

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Old 08-24-07, 12:31 PM
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Don't do it. Everyone I know who has done it has wished that they just installed new cabinets. For that matter, don't resurface them either.

If you do paint them, don't immediately spend a lot of money on new countertops in case you decide to replace the cabinets. And don't paint the interiors or you will be picking flakes of paint out of every pan you own in perpetuity. Trust me on this one.
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Old 08-24-07, 12:52 PM
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new cabinets arent an option and im not doing new countertops...they are ok for now. the cabinets are in good shape and decent quality. they are just an ugly color and and the varnishes is worn in spots. they had some water marks on them too but the sanding removed that.
i wasnt going to do the insides of the cabinets. that would be alot of extra work and money. my mom painted her cabinets a few yrs ago and they look great. she doesnt really remember what she used though.
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Old 08-24-07, 02:41 PM
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killz is fine. thick or thin doesnt matter...coat it properly.

you do not have to sand off all the varnish. you only have to sand rough spots and enough so the cabinets get rough and hold the paint.

i have seen cabinets painted and they can come out very good. paint and hardware make a big difference.
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I would also sugggest you use a sprayer instead of a brush or roller..
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Old 08-24-07, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
I would also sugggest you use a sprayer instead of a brush or roller..
does home depot rent them? i assume they do. and do they take regular paint?
anyone know how much they cost to rent?
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Old 08-24-07, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
killz is fine. thick or thin doesnt matter...coat it properly.

you do not have to sand off all the varnish. you only have to sand rough spots and enough so the cabinets get rough and hold the paint.
thats pretty much what i figured.
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YOur probably better off buying one. Spend aout ~200.00. The problem with renting is it may take you several days to paint one door.

Day one Paint back side
Day 2 Paint front side
Day3 sand door with fine grit paper and paint again
Day 4 Paint otherside.

Depending on how many doors you have you can be at this for awhile.

You may also want to add some kind of sealent when the paint is dry...
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Old 08-24-07, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
YOur probably better off buying one. Spend aout ~200.00. The problem with renting is it may take you several days to paint one door.

Day one Paint back side
Day 2 Paint front side
Day3 sand door with fine grit paper and paint again
Day 4 Paint otherside.

Depending on how many doors you have you can be at this for awhile.

You may also want to add some kind of sealent when the paint is dry...
sadly i dont have the extra cash for that or time. i need it done by wed.

what type of sealant should i use?
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