GET A SMOOTH FINISH ON DIY PAINTED CABINETS

Painting cabinets is a great way to update a kitchen or bathroom. It is extremely budget-friendly and anyone can do it! Especially with these helpful tips! 

PAINTING OAK CABINETS

PAINTING OAK CABINETS

If you are painting oak cabinets or other wood cabinets with very pronounced wood grain, getting a smooth paint finish can be tricky. The texture will show through. If you don't want the texture check out my post on filling in wood grain.

PAINTING CABINETS USING A PAINT SPRAYER

PAINTING CABINETS USING A PAINT SPRAYER

Using a paint sprayer is one of the easiest ways to get a super smooth finish on your cabinets. Plus, it's faster. The downside is it involves more prep work like removing cabinet doors and taping off walls.

HOW TO CUT PREP WORK DOWN

To solve the amount of prep needed, you can use a paint sprayer to paint the cabinet doors and drawers in a garage or outdoors, then use a paint roller and brush to paint the cabinet boxes.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAINT SPRAYER 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAINT SPRAYER 

Paint sprayers come in a wide range of price points, from professional models upwards of $1000 to DIYer versions that cost less than $100. I use and love the Homeright Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer. I've also heard great things about the Wagner Control Spray Max.

SUPPLIES FOR PAINTING CABINETS

SUPPLIES FOR PAINTING CABINETS

Cabinet paint of your choice – Small foam paint roller and tray – High quality paint brush – 300-400 Grit Sandpaper

Prep your cabinets by giving them a good cleaning.  Prepare your paint by stirring it well. If it is too thick, you can add Floetrol which is a paint additive that thins the paint.

PAINTING CABINETS WITH A SMOOTH FINISH

PAINTING CABINETS WITH A FOAM ROLLER When using the roller, make sure there is enough paint on your roller that you don’t have to put much pressure on it, but also don’t load up with so much paint, you get a drippy mess. Let dry then paint a 2nd coat.

GETTING A SUPER SMOOTH FINAL COAT Foam rollers are great at giving a fairly smooth finish, but they sometimes leave a bit of an orange peel texture. If you notice some of this texture on your cabinets, you can use a good paint brush to smooth that texture.

SAND CABINETS AND ADD FINAL COAT Before your final coat of paint, gently sand your cabinets using 300-400 grit sandpaper. This will knock down any brush strokes and roller marks. Dampen your paint brush with a bit of water and roll the paint on. Run the damp paint brush over the painted surface with long, even strokes.

LET DRY AND ENJOY! Seeing that beautiful finish is extremely satisfying and it will make your finished cabinets look amazing!

Get the full step-by-step tutorial here.

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