How to Paint European Cabinets

A European style cabinet refers to a frameless cabinet style. Such cabinets usually consist of manmade materials like plywood or particle board. Frameless cabinets give you the benefit of full access to the inside of the cabinet because there is no front frame blocking you. These cabinets use a pin and dowel construction scheme and generally give off a more modern look. You need to employ a particular strategy when painting such cabinets, or else the paint won't stick.

  1. Clean your cabinets with a standard kitchen degreaser or all-purpose cleaner and allow them to dry. Sand the surface of the cabinets with 220-grit sandpaper. Run the sandpaper evenly over the surface area of all the cabinets, but don't go overboard.

  2. Wipe the cabinets down with a feather duster or a rag. Apply one coat of primer that is specifically for cabinets made out of particle board or plywood with veneer. Allow the primer to dry.

  3. Add one coat of paint specifically for cabinets made out of particle board or plywood with veneer. Run the paintbrush in one direction until the surface of each cabinet is evenly covered. Allow it to dry and repeat with a second coat.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."