Basic cabinetry, such as flat doors and simple styling can be repainted relatively quickly and easily. More intricate doors and more detailed cabinets may require additional prep and paint time.
The actual painting process itself can include rolling, spraying or brushing. Personally if you have the tools, the time and/or the space spraying is your best option. Not only will you get the smoothest finish but if done correctly a much more even coating. Of course all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Remove the Cabinet Doors and Hardware
Obviously the first thing you’re going to need to do is remove the doors and hardware, this makes the job a thousand times easier. These door usually are held in place with 2-6 small screws depending on design. These can be loosened with a normal flat head or phillips head screwdriver but I highly recommend a small power drill to make the job quicker and easier. Keep hinges and doors labeled and together to avoid misalignment and confusion when it comes time to reinstall. Once the doors and hardware are removed it is time for the next step.
Clean the Surfaces to be Repainted
Let’s face it, kitchens get dirty and quick. Before you even think about sanding, priming or painting make sure all your surfacing are completely clean of food splatters or grease. I personally like using Simple Green and a bit of Pine Sol. Rinse well without soaking the cabinets and allow to dry.
Sand the Surfaces to be repainted
Prepping before painting is the most important step in this whole process. A good prep job is key to making sure that paint or stain adheres correctly to the wood’s surface. If staining the cabinets it is important to lightly sand to a smooth finish, it is also important to remember that going from a light stain to a darker stain is possible but going from a darker stain to a lighter stain can be a bit trickier. Painting is a little easier I always recommend lightly sanding old paint to remove any paint that is either loose or poorly adhered to the wood itself. Keep an eye out for “shiny areas of wood, this would be a lacquer or glaze that will need to be sanded before paint or stain application. Wipe down and vacuum away any remaining dust from sanding before preceding to paint.
Apply the Primer-Sealer