How to Paint Wooden Shutter Cabinets

What You'll Need
Sand paper
Tack rag
1/2 inch paint brushes

If you have a cabinet or cupboard where the doors are constructed of a wooden shutter, painting them will be a involved job. You will need to prepare them correctly and make sure the primer and paint gets into every little crevice on both sides.

Step 1 – Preparation

Wooden shuttered cabinet doors (louver doors), are very difficult to paint. If the louvers are fixed, it is even harder than if they are of the moveable type. If the doors are currently bare wood, they will require a good sanding to help promote paint adhesion. Use very fine grade sandpaper to just create a bare bond base for the primer.

Step 2 – After Sanding

Once you have sanded the louvers of the wooden shutter cabinet, give them a good wipe down using a tack rag. It is also a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner with a brush nozzle to remove any dust that gets between the louvers when sanding. When you have sanded and vacuumed the doors, there should be no residue dust or debris.

Step 3 – Priming

Always select a very small paint brush for priming and painting tiny areas. Alternatively, you can opt for a spray primer to ensure even and uniform coverage. If you decide on using brushes, always follow the grain of the wood.

Most wooden shutters will face downward so priming the top sides on the outer part of the door is the place to begin. Prime with the grain and brush along the shutter blades. Prime from the center to each edge and then go from one edge to the other on one stroke. Get the brush right into the edges where the blade meets the frame. Leave no gaps and remember to prime and paint inside the louvers too. Paint the frame around the shutter blades, following the wood grain. Leave it dry thoroughly before putting on any paint.

Step 4 – Second Sanding

Do not sand too heavily. When the primer is dry, just give it a gentle sanding with very fine grade sandpaper. Do not take the primer off the wood. Just offer a good bond for the paint.

Step 5 – First Coat of Paint

This will require the same technique as painting on the primer. Start at the center and work the brush to either edge, making sure to get the bristles into every join. Don’t drown the joints with paint because you will end up with drips that you may not spot until it’s too late. Also, do not overload the brush. You will be putting on a second coat, so stay uniform with your brush strokes and keep steadily with the grain of the wood.

Step 6 – Second Coat

Let the first coat dry thoroughly before putting on the second coat. If you are using semi-gloss, offer a light sanding on the first coat to give a bond to the final coat of paint. Follow the same techniques that you have been using for the previous steps and then finish with paint the frame.