Painting Pine Kitchen Cabinets

  • 4-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Painter's tape
Mini vac
Feather duster
Wood filler
Breathing mask
Safety goggles

If you're looking to breathe some new life into your home's kitchen, you may want to consider painting your pine kitchen cabinets. In just a few easy steps, you can give your pine kitchen cabinets a professional-caliber paint job.

Step 1 - Prep Your Cabinets

Before proceeding to paint your pine kitchen cabinets, there are a few preliminary measures you'll need to take. First off, use a piece of sandpaper to carefully sand the cabinets in smooth, even strokes. The will help smooth out the texture of the pine, ultimately making it easier for your primer and paint to adhere. Once you've finished sanding the cabinets, use a pine-safe wood filler to fill in any deep holes. Then, after allowing the filler to dry for the amount of time specified on the product's packaging, use your sandpaper to very carefully smooth it out.

Having thoroughly sanded your cabinets, you will now need to rid them of dust before beginning the primer application. This can be accomplished with the aid of a feather duster, mini vac or a lightly dampened washcloth or paper towel. After purging every last trace of dust from your cabinets, place painter's tape along the cabinets' edges to prevent primer and/or paint from leaking into the surrounding areas.

Step 2 - Prime Your Cabinets

Now that you've completed all the necessary preparations, it's time to begin the primer application. Begin this step by making sure that your work area is properly ventilated by opening up any nearby doors and windows. Additionally, if your kitchen features an exhaust fan, you may want to run it to ensure that any potentially harmful fumes make a prompt exit from your home. Next, don a breathing mask and a pair of safety goggles.

Having taken the measures to protect yourself, use a paintbrush to begin applying your primer in broad, even vertical strokes. After applying a full coat of primer, allow it to fully dry before before applying your paint. Drying time will vary depending on the brand of primer you use, but you can typically expect to wait at least several hours.

Step 3 - Paint Your Cabinets

Now that your pine kitchen cabinets have been primed, you're ready to start painting them. Use a clean paintbrush to apply your paint to the cabinets in the exact same fashion you applied your primer. Wait for your initial coat of paint to completely dry before proceeding to apply subsequent coats. It is generally recommended that you apply at least one additional coat of paint to pine kitchen cabinets. Once the final coat of paint has completely dried, you may remove the protective tape.

In addition to wearing your safety gear and working in a well-ventilated area, it is recommended that you keep a sponge or washcloth close by when applying your paint. That way, if any wayward paint drips find their way into the surrounding area, you will be able to promptly clean them before they have a chance to dry.

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