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Instead of Getting New Cabinets, Just Repaint Them


If you want to give your kitchen a facelift without spending too much money, give it a fresh coat of paint instead of buying new cabinets.

Painting your cabinets is a great way to add color and style to the room without breaking the bank.

Al’s Painting will guide you through the process so you can easily makeover your kitchen!

Preparing the Cabinets for Painting

You’ll need to prep the cabinets for painting, which includes cleaning, sanding, and priming. Start by giving the cabinets a thorough wipe-down with a damp cloth. You may need a mild cleaner or degreaser to remove tough stains or dirt buildup.

Once clean, lightly sand them with an orbital sander or sandpaper so the paint will adhere better. Then, apply an oil-based primer to create a smooth surface and protect against moisture damage. Ensure you wear gloves and a mask while doing this step, as it tends to be quite smelly!

If any deep scratches or dents in your cabinets can’t be removed through light sanding, fill them with wood filler. Remember to let everything dry completely before moving on!

Choosing the Right Paint and Primer

You must choose the right paint and primer for your cabinets if you want a professional-looking finish. Use high-quality paint and primer designed specifically for cabinetry for the best results. Choose a color that blends in with or enhances the other components of your kitchen. Consider going a shade lighter than the original color to brighten the room.

Various types of paint are best and highly recommended for your cabinets, including oil-based, water-based, or a combination of both (1).

Oil-based paints require an oil-based primer and multiple coats of topcoat since they are more robust than water-based paints and will last longer. Water-based paints may require fewer steps and won’t have as strong an odor when painted, but they don’t adhere as well to surfaces with grease or dirt present. Before beginning any painting project, read the manufacturer’s instructions, especially regarding ventilation requirements and clean-up procedures.

It’s important to purchase enough paint and primer for all your cabinets simultaneously since slight variations can occur from batch to batch when buying in small quantities over time. Your local hardware store can help you compute how much material you’ll need, so bring measurements for each cabinet door or piece of furniture needing painting.

With careful planning and the correct materials, there’s no reason your painted cabinets can’t look just like new!

Applying the Paint

Applying the right paint and primer to your cabinets can be straightforward once you have the right paint and primer. Begin by preparing the surface of your cabinets. This means cleaning them and lightly sanding any areas that need smoothing out.

Once they’re prepped, use a brush or roller to apply a coat of primer. Before adding your last touch of paint, let this coat completely dry.

For the best outcome, apply thin layers of paint to the cabinet’s surface using a brush or roller. Before adding a new coat, be sure the previous one is completely dried. If your cabinets have details like grooves, reach into all these crevices with the brush for an even finish.

Finishing Touches

To finish your cabinets, consider waxing or varnishing them to get the desired finish. These finishing touches add a polished look and can help protect the paint job from wear and tear over time.

Here is some expert advice from Al’s Painting for getting a polished look:

Preparing Surfaces:

  • Take extra care when cleaning surfaces before applying wax or varnish.
  • This ensures that dirt and dust are not part of the final product.
  • If you’re using an oil-based product, use sandpaper beforehand to rough up the surface so it will bind better with the product.
  • For water-based products, apply a primer coat before you begin for best results.

Applying Wax/Varnish:

  • Use small circular motions when applying wax or varnish, as this helps ensure even coverage without visible brush strokes.
  • Work in thin coats instead of one thick layer; multiple thin layers will give you much better results than one thick one.
  • Give each coat ample time to dry before adding a new one; if it’s not completely dry, you won’t get the desired effect.

Finishing Touches:

  • Once you’ve applied all the necessary coats of wax or varnish, buff with a soft cloth using light pressure to achieve that perfect finish!
  • Make sure to use food-grade cleaners if your cabinets will be used for food storage – this will keep them safe and looking new for longer!

Maintaining Painted Cabinets

Regular cleaning and maintenance are important to keep painted cabinets in their best condition. Use a delicate cloth or sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner to prevent unintentional scratching. When cleaning, wipe in the same direction as the wood grain for a smoother finish. It’s also a good idea to use wood polish occasionally to help protect the painted surface from dirt, dust, and grease buildup.

If you have any scuff marks on your painted cabinets, don’t worry! With a moist towel, you can remove this with ease. For harsher stains like crayons or pen marks, combine baking soda and warm water, and then gently wipe the stain until it vanishes. If you have stubborn spots that won’t go away no matter what you do, try using rubbing alcohol applied directly onto a cotton ball or paper towel, then gently scrubbing away at the area until the spot is gone.

On top of that, it’s crucial to routinely inspect your painted cabinets for wear and tear, such as paint chips or scratches, to ensure they maintain their beautiful appearance for the duration of their lifespan. If necessary, touch up these areas using paint that matches your existing color scheme to keep a consistent look across all your cabinet doors and drawers. Also, waxing them every few months will help protect them from moisture damage and give them extra shine!


You’ve done it! You’ve transformed your cabinets from drab to fab with just a few simple steps. Now you can enjoy the fresh feeling of new cabinets without breaking the bank or spending hours in the store.

But why stop there? Imagine bringing that same feeling of revitalization and vibrancy to the most personal space in your home – your bedroom. With elbow grease and colorful paint, you can make any room feel more inviting and cozy. Also, discover if it’s safe to sleep in a newly painted room and how to make the process safer.

Ready to give your cabinet a vibrant new look? Contact Al’s Painting of Eau Claire today and experience top-notch painting services that bring your vision to life. Our expert team is here to transform your space and cabinets with a splash of color. Get in touch now for a free consultation, and let’s start painting your dreams! Gain advantages by enlisting the services of a skilled painter.

Click here to find out how Al’s Painting in Eau Claire excels in interior painting.



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Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the size and condition of your cabinets. Generally, it takes a few hours to prep, paint, and let the cabinets dry. With some elbow grease, you can have them looking new quickly!

You may use a foam brush or paint roller for painting cabinets. Both can provide an even coat of paint and help you avoid brush strokes in the finished product.

Yes, it is necessary to sand the cabinets before painting them. Sanding will smooth out the surface of the cabinets and prepare them for paint application, ensuring an even finish.

You should apply at least two coats of paint for a more durable finish.

You can avoid brush strokes by using a paint roller instead of a brush. Apply the paint in thin coats, starting with the edges and working your way out. Use smooth, even strokes, and take your time to ensure an even finish.