5 Easy Steps On How To Paint Cabinets Without Sanding

If you are a fan of DIY projects like me, refurbishing your furniture is a fun and relaxing way to release your creativity. You don’t have to hire the service of a professional painter because you can easily do it on your own. Makeover projects don’t have to be stressful as long as you know how to do it properly.

If you've been avoiding your home renovation project for months because you simply don’t have the time, we have a useful tip for you that might just change your mind. Taking on a painting project may not be on top of your list but there are ways for you to paint your furniture with less time and effort.

In this article, we’ll show you the fastest way to update the look of your furniture and how to paint cabinets without sanding.

Here are the Materials you’ll Need:

  • Milk Paint
  • Primer
  • Top coat
  • De-glosser
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Roller foam
  • Plastic sheets
  • Painter’s tape

Step-By-Step Guide:

Just follow these easy steps and instructions on how to successfully refurbish your cabinets without sanding.

1. Remove all detachable parts of the cabinet.

This includes the door, shelves, panels, drawers, and other parts. You can also update the look of your hardware including the handle, hinges, and screws, especially if you don’t like how it currently looks.

Gather all the parts and store them in one location or container. Label each part if necessary to make it easier for you to reassemble.

Don’t forget to prep your surroundings by covering your floors and furniture with a plastic sheet. Apply a painter’s tape over the areas that are not included in your project. This will protect it in case of accidents.

2. Clean the cabinets with a de-glosser.

Use ade-glosser to wipe off all the dust, dirt, oil, and grease from your cabinets. The de-glosser allows your paint to adhere well to the surface without having to sand it.

Since you won’t be sanding the cabinets, make sure you clean it thoroughly so that there is no residue left on the surface. Just wipe it off gently and avoid scrubbing the surface too hard. Allow the surface to dry for at least 30 minutes then leave it for another hour before you prime it.

Letting it dry will allow the primer to stick to the surface better. Otherwise, the primer may easily peel off from the surface. De-glossing the cabinets should be done outside your house or in a well-ventilated area to prevent the spread of toxic chemicals in your home. Let it dry to remove the excess moisture from the surface.

3. Prime the surface.

Before you start painting your cabinets, use a primer on the surface. Priming is one of the most important steps in any painting task.

If you don’t prime your surface, you might just end up with a messed up paint job and a waste of time. Priming keeps the wood intact, prevents any cracks on the surface and ultimately protects the cabinet. It also allows you to paint on the surface evenly. After priming, let it dry for a couple of hours before you start painting on it. Make sure the surface is clean and there are no signs of dust.

4. Paint the cabinets.

Pick a high-quality paint that doesn’t require any sanding. We highly recommend using a milk paint to refurbish your furniture.

Use a paintbrush to paint on the areas that require a more detailed approach. For larger areas, you can use a roller foam to apply the paint. Then let the paint dry for a few hours before you apply your second layer of coating.

Most high-quality milk paints are quick to dry. Once the paint dries, apply a Top Coat to seal your paint. You can apply at least two layers of top coat for additional protection.

A top coat helps shield the cabinet from stains and scratches. When you’re painting, you can opt to use a brush, roller or spray can whichever you see fit. Allow the paint to sit overnight before you re-attach the parts.

5. Attach the drawers and hardware.

Re-assemble all the parts of your cabinets including the shelves, panels, drawers, panels, and hardware. Let the paint cure for at least 14 days before you start putting some items in your cabinet. Make sure you re-install all parts correctly.

Advantages of Painting your Cabinets

If you just want to update the look of your cabinets, the best solution is to paint it instead of replacing it entirely. Here are some of the reasons why painting is more beneficial.

  • It’s more economical. Renovating your old furniture with a new coat of paint is certainly less expensive compared to replacing your cabinet with a new one. If you choose to buy a new cabinet, expect that you’ll definitely spend more. Plus, you’ll have to pay for installation and labor costs to replace your kitchen cabinets.
  • On the other hand, painting your cabinet DIY style will cost you less. You just have to spend on your materials and won’t cost you a cent on labor costs. You can save hundreds of dollars and allocate it elsewhere. You can use the money you saved on your other renovation projects.

  • It gives your cabinets a new look. Sometimes all your cabinet needs is a fresh coat of paint to make it look new again. You don’t have to replace it.

All you need is a little creativity and a good quality paint to make your cabinet stand out. If you love doing arts and crafts, you can paint detailed designs on the cabinet to make it more personalized.

Why You Don’t Need To Sand It

Painting your cabinets and furniture requires you to follow certain steps in order to achieve a successful makeover project. However, there are some instances where you can skip a step or two. In this case, you don’t need to sand the surface.

By following our guide, you’ll be able to accomplish your painting task in less time and less effort. After all, nobody wants to make their work more complicated, especially if there are ways to make it easier for you.

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