Can you Paint Over Custom Cabinets?

Painting Custom Cabinets

Are you thinking of giving your custom cabinets a fresh look? You’re probably wondering if it’s okay to paint over custom cabinets. You can easily paint over your custom cabinets with a few simple steps: 

1.    Prepare the Room

Before doing anything, prepare the room. Verify that that all the cabinets are empty and clear off the counters. If there’s any furniture around, it’s best to move it to another room. Cover the floor and counters with plastic or tarps to protect them from any fumes or accidents.

Remember to cover the walls around the cabinets to protect them from splashes. Now you’re ready to set up a workstation with tools and equipment.

2.    Unscrew the Doors and Drawers from the Cabinet

When removing the parts of the drawer, verify that you label all the parts properly to prevent any mix-ups when reattaching. Remove all hinges from the doors while after labelling. Setup all the removed parts systematically on your workstation shelf. 

Removing the door hinges could be a good chance to identify the worn-out hinges that might need replacement. If you notice any that should be replaced, make sure your mark them appropriately.

3.    Clean All Surfaces

Once you’re done taking apart the cabinet, the next step is to clean the cabinets. It’s best to use a degreaser to help remove any grease or oil that could ruin your finish. Once all the cabinet parts are cleaned, rinse them thoroughly with water.

4.    Sand the Cabinet

The next step is to lightly sand all the cabinet parts before applying primer. Open all your windows before you sand for proper ventilation proper room ventilation. Place rags on any areas that appear as if paint may drip.

Don’t sand the parts down completely at this stage because you just want the primer to attach to the surface. Use a cloth to dust off all the sand. For extra measure, vacuum the cabinets inside to verify that no dust particles are left.

5. Prime the Cabinet

The next step is to apply the primer. Note that if the cabinets are stained, use a stain-blocking primer. The primer seals knots and covers any defects that might be noticeable in the top coat. The stain-blocking primer will dry quickly. You don’t necessarily have to use a stain-blocking primer; you could just use the ordinary oil-based primer.

6. Sand and Caulk the Surfaces Once More

After allowing the primer enough time to dry, you’ll need to sand the flat surfaces again. Sand the surfaces till they feel glass smooth. Feel the surfaces with your finger for holes not noticeable to the eye and fill them with caulk. Allow the caulk time to dry and re-prime any surfaces that may have been scratched off while sanding. 

7. Paint your Custom Cabinets

Now it’s time for to paint the cabinet. If you’re painting a shade similar to the previous, you won’t need too many coats. You may need more coats if you’re painting a lighter shade over a previously darker shade. It’s best to use a new brush for each coat.

8. Reattach All the Parts 

Properly put back all the parts to their respective places, making sure to replace any worn out hinges or hardware.

Get Custom Cabinet Installation

At E&B Granite, we can help you install and maintain your custom cabinets. Contact us today to get started on your cabinet design and renovation. 

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