How to paint kitchen cabinets

Paint your kitchen cabinets to give them a fresh new look

1) First, remove all knobs and handles, as well as the contents of your cabinets and drawers. Use masking tape to cover any hinges and glass. Put down dust sheets from the hardware store to protect other parts of the room.

2) Wash the cabinets down with sugar soap from the hardware store or a strong detergent solution and a sponge. This will remove grease and create a smooth canvas. Remove soap residue with a damp cloth.

3) When the cabinets are dry, brush with fine sandpaper (skip this step if you have melamine or high gloss surfaces). Fill imperfections with a good quality ready-mixed filler from the hardware store. Brush with the sandpaper again.

4) Apply a wood or melamine primer depending on the cabinet surfaces. Use a small roller on doors for a smooth finish.

5) Apply two coats of colour. After the first coat is completely dry, sand with a fine paper to ensure a smooth, professional finish. Remember to wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.

6) Apply the second coat. When the second coat is completely dry, carefully remove the masking tape, and replace the knobs and handles. Now admire your sparkling new cabinets!