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How to Paint Dated Kitchen Cabinets

Dated kitchen cabinets get new life with cream and charcoal paint.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Sand and Tape off Cabinets

Sand cabinets and casings. Brush off and wipe for a clean surface.

Tape the edges of the cabinets for clean lines.

Step 2: Apply Primer to Upper Cabinets

Cut and roll upper cabinets in tinted primer 513 Limestone. Let dry.

Step 3: Apply Primer to Lower Cabinets

Cut and roll lower cabinets in tinted primer 2134-20 Midsummer Night. Let dry.

Step 4: Apply Paint to Upper and Lower Cabinets

Repeat both with paint. Let dry and recoat if necessary.

Fine-napped rollers provide an extremely smooth finish and the slight pearl sheen gives the cabinets the washable durability of a gloss with the patina of timeworn built-ins. This classic combination will stand fresh and clean against the warm yellow walls and add depth with contrasting colors.
Paint Colors:
Benjamin Moore 513 Limestone Primer
Benjamin Moore 2134-20 Midsummer Night primer
Benjamin Moore 513 Limestone in Pearl, satin finish
Benjamin Moore 2134-20 Midsummer Night in Pearl, satin finish