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Latex High Gloss on Kitchen Cabinets: How to Begin

Updated February 21, 2017

Kitchen cabinets become worn and faded over time, needing a new coat of paint. This can be finished to a high gloss with certain paints. If you are considering painting over your cabinets, your first decision is to decide on the colour you want. Afterward, it is a matter of selecting durable-quality paint that will result in the shiny finish you are seeking.

Clean the cabinets with a grease removing cleaner and then rinse them off. Let them dry completely before proceeding.

Remove the hardware with a screwdriver so that you can paint the doors lying down. This will help prevent drips.

Sand the surface of the cabinets and doors to remove old paint. The primer will work better if the cabinets are a little rough.

Apply tape on the walls around the cabinets to catch spills and splatters.

Paint on a high-bonding oil-based primer to the surface. Oil-based primers dry harder and more durable, allowing for an overall more durable finish. Follow the grain of the wood with a paintbrush and get in all crevices. Let this dry overnight to ensure it is fully cured.

Paint the cabinets with a latex paint, following the grain of the wood. Let this dry for a couple days, and then put on a second coat. The latex needs to cure for a couple weeks to truly harden to a durable surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Rags
  • Painters tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Oil based primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Latex paint
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About the Author

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.