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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

You would think a home decorator would know the difference between painting kitchen cabinets and re-staining them. This is not paint. It is a stain enhancer that is used to re-enhance your cabinets’ original color. That’s why they say to use the color that’s close to the original color and why there is no need for stripping or sanding. If you want to PAINT your cabinets, it’s a whole another story. If they’re light colored and you want to paint them darker, you could get away with painting over the original color. If they’re dark and you want to go lighter, then you’ll probably need to strip, sand, and repaint with the lighter color. Stain soaks into the wood to color it. Paint sticks to the surface of the wood. Big difference.
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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

Oil Bond is a specially engineered paint additive that makes tackling paint jobs like those pesky kitchen cabinets a whole lot easier, and a whole lot quicker. Oil Bond is specifically designed to help latex paint stick to glossy surfaces (think your standard wood kitchen cabinets – it won’t work well with laminate). Oil Bond takes the place of stinky cleaning surfactants, deglossing agents as well as primer, allowing your regular latex paint to properly adhere to glossy surfaces. You know what that means, right? You no longer have to spend hours upon hours cleaning, sanding or priming! Hallelujah! Plus, It’s water-based and low VOC so you can feel safe using it in your home.
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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

I have debated back and forth as to whether or not I would do this post. The reason is because I cannot seem to find pictures that I took of this process. However, the number 1 question that I get in my inbox and comment section has to do with how I painted my kitchen cabinets.  Because of that, I can’t delay any longer. Below are some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets without sanding or removing the doors. It has been 7 months since I painted our cabinets and they holding up well. I hope that this helps you find the courage to give it a go with your cabinets!

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

This is gorgeous!!! I am so impressed how fast you did this and by yourself, you go girl!!! I have a HUGE kitchen that is Brazilian cherry that I loved in 2006 =) I loved it soooo much that I also have the same color wood floors and almost all furniture is this same color cherry. Our 2 houses prior had oak and when I got to pick my wood color I was over the moon to get cherry everything, ugggg!!! All I see is brown, everywhere!!! The problem is my hubby is not put off by the monotone brown everywhere and thinks it’s crazy to paint over a quality product. I see all these painted cabinets like yours and am in love, almost enough to learn how to cook. After enough gentle persuasion (persistent nagging) he agreed to let me do it. Lets roll!!!! This was over a month ago and I still have a very brown kitchen =( We decided on a light grey (think it’s called escape gray SW) for main cabinets and jersey (SW) for island. We are going to remove the built in desk, dates our kitchen. Replacing it with bench seat and open shelving above. Hubby decided that the soon to be removed desk is a perfect place to experiment and get our process down and I agreed a month ago. However, the process is nailed down and he loves it but can’t get him to put the first stroke on a cabinet and will find any reason to not paint on any given day. He just left for business and will be gone 3 nights, and I say “lets roll”. My hope is once the island is done he will love it and be excited to do the rest of the cabinets. I kept trying to find people that left doors on and you were the first person I found that did a beautiful kitchen without removing doors. This will give me enough time to finish this before he comes home. Thank you for posting your beautiful kitchen and sharing on how you did it without removing doors, looks amazing.
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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

In this video, This Old House host Kevin O’Connor helps a homeowner refinish his kitchen cabinets. Steps: 1. Make a sketch of the kitchen cabinets, then identify each door and drawer with a number. 2. Place a small strip of masking tape onto each door and drawer, then mark the strips with the corresponding number shown on the sketch. 3. Use a cordless drill to unscrew all the doors from the cabinets. 4. Unscrew and remove the door hinges. 5. Remove all the drawers from the cabinets. 6. Use a putty knife to scrape any rubber bumpers from the back side of the doors. 7. Unpeel the tape from one of the doors and then scrub its surface with a scouring pad dampened with deglosser. (If any doors or face frames have a coating of greasy, oily residue, wash them clean with hot, soapy water prior to deglossing.) 8. Wipe down the door with a cotton rag soaked in clean water. 9. Dry the door with a clean, dry cotton rag, then flip the door over. 10. Repeat the previous two steps to degloss the back surface of the door. 11. Cover appliances and counters with plastic-lined canvas drop cloths. 12. Use the scouring pad and deglosser to scrub the surfaces of the face frames on the upper and lower cabinets. 13. Wash the face frames clean with a water-soaked rag, then wipe the frames dry. 14. Wait one hour before proceeding. 15. Remove all the drawer faces, then degloss and wash each one. 16. Protect the wall around the cabinets and all other adjacent surfaces with masking tape. 17. Use a 2-inch-wide synthetic-bristle paintbrush to apply the first bond coat to all the cabinet doors, drawers, and face frames. 18. Allow the first bond coat to dry for 2 hours. 19. Flip over the doors and apply a bond coat to their back surfaces. Wait another two hours. 20. Repeat the previous three steps to apply a second bond coat to both sides of each door and to the drawer faces and face frames. 21. Brush on the protective top coat of polyurethane to all surfaces of the doors, drawers, and face frames. Allow the top coat to dry for 12 hours. 22. Screw the hinges back onto the doors, then mount the doors to the cabinets. 23. Install the door pulls. 24. Reattach the drawer faces and slide the drawers back into the cabinets.
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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

I had been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for at least a year before husbs agreed to let me paint them. The kitchen just did not match the rest of the house, as you can see in the picture below. Husbs agreed to let me paint them on a Monday and by Friday morning, I got to work. When I woke up that Friday morning, I hadn’t planned on painting my cabinets but my work for the day was canceled because it was raining. This left me with a clear schedule for the day. I left the house and made a trip to Benjamin Moore to scope out what they had. I watched a few Youtube videos and got the basic idea of what I need to do. I also talked with my friend who had just painted her cabinets and given me her left over paint. That was all I needed to get going.
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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

My opinion is to keep them separate. You’re already skipping a couple of steps in this tutorial (sanding, etc.), and there’s only so many to try to shortcut before the end result just winds up looking awful! I’ve never really liked the performance of paint and primer combos when it comes to difficult surfaces like cabinets. Better to go with two products that are meant to do two different things (primer is to help paint stick; paint is to help seal and protect a surface from things sticking to it… those are contradictory goals and cabinets get a lot of wear and tear).
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Groan, seeing how awesome your kitchen/cabinets look makes me want to do ours. For small kitchen we have lot of cabinets. Your kitchen looks so clean and tidy, love gray on walls. Your ceiling fan is pretty too. Can’t sand cabinets as they are typical mfg. home vinyl covered, yuk. We have 16×80 single wide. We’ve painted part of kitchen with same very light gray used in living room, kitchen is in middle and seen from l/r. Have one long wall is back of house, common in l/r, kitchen and on into mudroom. Have partial wall between kitchen and mudroom. Sure have to hand it to you for doing all that work yourself, think I will be hoping for hubs assistance, he’s much better painter than I am. Will really have to scrub cabinet faces as when we bought this place could see grease from cooking on them, yuk, and inside them was awful. Whole house was filthy and a nurse lived here, was surprised at condition of house. (If a nurse reads this please don’t be offended.) Have great rest of week.

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