Things You Will Need
- Liquid deglosser
- Plastic sheet
- Painter's tape
- Synthetic-bristle paintbrush
- 2 medium-nap rollers
- Natural-bristle paintbrush
Stock cabinetry refers to any prefabricated, factory-built cabinetry. These cabinets come in standardized sizes for quick installation.
Stock cabinets are a good choice for many homeowners because they are designed to be low-cost yet durable. Unfortunately, customization options are often limited for stock cabinets.
One way to customize boring stock cabinets is with a fresh coat of paint. With the right painting knowledge and tools, your stock cabinetry color options are limitless.
- Wipe down the stock cabinets with liquid deglosser and a rag. Stock cabinets come prefinished with a slick exterior, and this glossy coating doesn't accept paint easily. Don't sand a stock cabinet exterior, as many feature thin veneers that are easily damaged. Liquid deglosser should be all you need to make the surface matte enough for paint coverage.
- Remove the cabinet hardware, including the hinges. Most prefabricated cabinetry hardware is removable with a screwdriver.
- Place loose doors and drawers on a plastic sheet for easier painting.
- Stick painter's tape to wall surfaces and countertops in case of stray brush strokes.
- Apply general-purpose primer to the cabinets, doors and drawers. Use a synthetic-bristle paintbrush for more precise control around edges, and use a medium-nap roller for larger cabinetry surfaces. Wait for the primer to dry before proceeding. Some general-purpose primers take up to 12 hours to dry, so you should consult the primer's container for the manufacturer's recommended drying times.
- Paint the cabinets, doors and drawers, using high-gloss oil-base paint. Glossy finishes are easier to keep clean, a very important feature for kitchen and bathroom spaces. Use a natural-bristle paintbrush for tight spaces and a new medium-nap roller on the main expanses.
- Apply a second coat of paint once the first coat dries, usually in two to three hours.
- Remove the painter's tape, reattach the hardware and reinstall the drawers after the second coat has dried for at least 24 hours.
Work in a well-ventilated area when painting.