New Life for Old Cabinets
The biggest cost saving came from the decision to paint, rather than replace, the existing cabinets. Lynne and Loyd sanded, primed and painted the cabinets in just a single weekend. But, as Lynne explains, "It was a full weekend, and I went back to work on Monday very tired." Making paint stick. Scrubbing the grease off the old cabinets and then "knocking down" the gloss of the existing finish is crucial to getting a durable new finish. So is good-quality primer and paint. Also keep a close eye on the weather; paint takes longer to dry if it's humid. If it's raining, postpone painting until conditions are dry again. This will also allow you to open the windows for ventilation—a necessity with oil-based paint. Another tip when painting cabinets: If you plan to change decorative hardware, select a style that matches the existing holes. "You'll save a lot of work and time if you don't have to fill and sand the old holes smooth," Lynne says. Finishing School: Painting Existing Cabinets 1. SCRUB CABINETS with a detergent solution to remove grease. Rinse and let dry. Then lightly sand with 120-grit paper. Wipe with a tack closht before painting. 2. APPLY AT LEAST ONE coat of quality oil-based primer to every surface with a high-quality short-nap roller or brush. Be sure the primer is dry before painting. 3. APPLY TWO COATS OF premium oil-based high-gloss paint for a durable finish. Use a short-nap roller or, for a smoother finish, a high-quality, natural-bristle flat sash brush.
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