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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Mistakes to Avoid

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Mistakes to Avoid
From The Kitchn - September 12, 2017

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job, but it's the single most transformative thing you can do to an aging kitchen to bring it up to date. The process seems deceptively simpleyou just need paint and a brush, right? Yeah, not exactly. It's a multi-step process, during which each step requires the same amount of care, and if you rush through one, you may be shooting yourself in the foot for the next.

Here are five mistakes to avoid when painting your kitchen cabinets.

1. Not starting with a diagram.

You have got your supplies ready and the drop cloth downtime to break out the screwdriver and get started, right? While it's great that you plan on removing the doors and cabinet faces (too many people try to paint cabinets while they are still fully assembledanother mistake!), you need to take a step back for a second.

2. Not cleaning your cabinets.

Your cabinets are covered with fingerprints, grease, and more. Gross! But it does not matter because you plan on just covering it all up with paint, right? Wrong. Paint wo not stick to greasy cabinets and some blemishes might show through even a few coats of paint.

3. Not priming.

4. Not sanding each coat.

5. Not watching your paint dry.

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