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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets With a Sprayed-On Finish (page 1 of 2)

In just a few simple steps, transform low-cost, ready-made cabinets into designer statement pieces.

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Turn plain store-bought cabinets into custom pieces by giving them some bold color. Use in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere you need extra storage and a bright shot of color. The secret to getting a perfect finish: Take time with prep, use tinted primer and buy a good-quality paint sprayer.

Tools and Materials:

ready-made cabinets and knobs
electric sander and sanding pads
quart of tinted primer
spray primer
spray-can handle
semigloss latex paint
paint sprayer
drop cloth
dust mask
drill and drill bit
damp cloth
tape measure, screwdriver and a wrench

Select the Cabinets

When choosing the proper cabinets, focus on styles with smooth, flat fronts. The less ornamentation the better since paint may bubble when applied to rounded, uneven surfaces.

Sand Existing Finish

Wearing dust mask, protect surrounding areas with drop cloth, then use electric sander to remove existing finish from cabinet. Next, wipe cabinet with damp cloth.

Pre-Drill Holes for Hardware

Use tape measure to determine proper placement of hardware. Mark with pencil, then use drill and drill bit to add hole through door front. TIP: For an unexpected touch, consider doubling or tripling the amount of knobs or pulls needed for door fronts. This adds an extra layer of visual interest and graphic punch.

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