Things You'll Need:

Soapy Water

150 Grit Sandpaper

Sanding Sponge

Tack Cloth


A coat of paint can take years off of your kitchen cabinets, but it's the prep work that's almost more important than the painting!

1. Remove all drawers and doors and hardware. Keep everything in order as you take it down. That'll help you when you try to put the kitchen back together.

2. Clean everything with warm soapy water to remove any oily residue from the surface; this will save you some time when you start sanding because the sandpaper won't get gummed up as quickly.

3. Dry everything off and then move onto the patching.

4. If you're going to change the existing hardware now is the time to fill the old holes and patch up any dents or dings that you might have on the surface. Let the filler dry and then move onto sanding.

5. You don't need to sand down to bare wood; all you need to do is break through the finish coat so that the primer has something to grab onto. I'm using a hundred and fifty grit paper here. A tip, a sanding sponge will really help get into the profiles if you have inset panels on your cabinets.

6. Once you're finished, wipe the cabinets and doors down with a tack cloth or a damp rag to remove any traces of dust.

7. Now you're set to paint!