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How to Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

Oak kitchen cabinets are solid, beautiful pieces in any home. The appearance of oak kitchen cabinets might become worn over time as they suffer regular exposure to heat and moisture. The appearance of oak kitchen cabinets can be restored by painting them. Prepping the oak kitchen cabinets and applying a new coat of primer and paint will help your kitchen look brand new.

Remove handles and hinges from the oak kitchen cabinets with a screwdriver.

Sand the oak kitchen cabinets with 220-grit sandpaper, so the new coat of paint will adhere to the wood. Wipe the cabinets with a clean cloth to remove sawdust.

Brush a coat of stain-blocking primer onto the surface of the oak kitchen cabinets with a clean brush. Let the coat of primer dry.

Sand the oak kitchen cabinets with the 220-grit sandpaper to smooth any grain raised by the primer and wipe the wood clean with a cloth.

Apply an even coat of paint to the oak kitchen cabinets with a clean brush and let the coat completely dry. Lightly sand the cabinets with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth any raised grain and to ensure the final coat adheres to the cabinets. Wipe the cabinets clean and brush on a final coat of paint. Let the final coat of paint dry.

Tip

Latex-based products are good for use in the kitchen because they dry faster. The best paint finishes for the kitchen are satin, gloss or semigloss as they are stain-resistant. Sand with the wood grain.

Warning

Keep your work area ventilated when painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Brush
  • Cloth
  • Screwdriver
  • 220-grit sandpaper
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