Painting the cabinets is a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a face-lift. Years of daily use, coupled with the grease and grime that accumulates from cooking, can make your cabinets look dull and worn, but a good coat of paint will have them looking like new again in no time.
Before painting, it’s important to know what kind of material you’re working with. If you don’t know what your cabinets are made of, take one of the doors to your local hardware store. The salespeople there can help you select the right primer and paint for the job to ensure that the finished product looks just right. If you don’t have a brush or roller, paint tray or painter’s tape on hand, pick those up as well.
When you’re ready to start, take off all the cabinet doors and remove drawers. Carefully remove all hardware including pulls, knobs and hinges. Make sure that you keep each piece of hardware and its screws together for easy reassembly later. Then, using a cleaner that’s safe for your cabinet surfaces, clean off all the dirt, grease and grime. This gives