How can I protect ultra thin paint on new kitchen cabinets?


I just got new kitchen cabinets, and the paint on the doors (which are hard wood) is ultra-ultra thin. It seems like it will scratch very easily. Is there a way to protect?

They are being installed now. Is it reasonable for me to ask for something with a thicker stain/paint/better level of protection (as opposed to this thin paint)? Or can I add a polyurethane to protect them? I think they look kind of cheap due to the ultra thin paint


Related question - the cabinets are plywood and also have this very thin protective coating (if you notice the edge between the front and the top, you will see just how thin the stain/paint is... I would like to beef them up...

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Step 3: Test Paint and Prime

Lay down a drop-cloth to catch any drips and cover your walls and backsplash before painting.

Use a high-density foam roller or a paintbrush to apply a stain-blocking, oil based bonding primer to the cabinets. Let dry according to manufacturer's directions. If brush strokes are visable, lightly sand away until smooth.

Make sure you have a color you like by testing the new color on the back of a cabinet door. This gives you a chance to make sure that you like the look and, more importantly, that the paint finish you've chosen will adhere to the cabinetry and your prep steps will yield a smooth finish.

Next, brush, roll, or spray your cabinets with one coat of paint. Let dry completely before applying the second coat. Most quality paints will level as they dry, so don't over brush. If your shelves are adjustable and the insides of your cabinets need a fresh coat of paint, now is the time to start painting those, too....

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Today I’m going to show you how I painted my kitchen cabinets white during my kitchen makeover. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and makes a HUGE difference! I LOVE how they turned out!

So happy our kitchen is FINALLY done! YAY!! We knew moving into our house that we were going to get a nice tax refund, so we decided to put some in savings, and some into our house. The kitchen is where a lot of it went, and I can’t think of a better place I’d want it to go! :) It’s pretty much complete, and the only thing that is missing is a light to hang over my sink. I just can’t find one I like. It is so nice to have my house back to normal, and we are really enjoying our new kitchen. These pic’s aren’t the greatest.. but one day I’ll have a nice camera. :)

Wahoo our kitchen makeover is finally finished! In this post I am going to show you how to paint kitchen cabinets white.

So first things first…we took off the cabinet doors, and then emptied all of our cabinets and put...

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Hi, Dave here. We're going to go over how to protect the kitchen now. A similar process goes for bathrooms. And this here is your one millimeter plastic. And I've already got some of it up. This is what I like to use for ease of use in kitchens and bathrooms. Very important, have your rag handy. I got two different types of tape, a blue tape and some basic white masking tape. Make sure this edge here is nice and clean, no dust. Always make sure your utility knife is nice and sharp, that's a quintessential tool here in doing protection. I'm going to measure out some of this plastic. Here I need a piece, oh, about that long. Got my knife, always be very careful with a sharp knife.

Protecting a kitchen or a bathroom doesn't have to take forever. If you get comfortable with your plastic, tape, knife, then you get pretty fast. Now that I've wiped down that wood and it's sticking good, if...

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Painting your kitchen cabinets is no joke. I am quickly discovering that fact with our first renovation project in the “big white box” we just bought a few months ago. And when you have a massive kitchen with 10 thousand million billion cabinets and drawers like we do, it’s an insane project.

This photo is from the real estate listing. See? There’s at least 10 billion

You want your kitchen cabinets to look GOOD. You can’t just slop the paint on and hope for the best. That’s why its really important to choose the right paint for the project at the outset. If you plan on tackling the major undertaking of updating your kitchen cabinets yourself, your choice of paint can make or break your project.

Today I am going to review some of the pros and cons of two of the more commonly used types of paint for cabinets, and share one girl’s opinion on the best paint for the job. I am not a professional painter, but I have done more than my fair share of painting in this DIY...

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Kitchen cabinets are one of the most abused surfaces in your home. Your cupboards face daily assault from greasy hands, steamy pots, sticky jelly jars and many other indignities. A quality paint job protects and beautifies a cabinet's wood -- or particleboard -- box and doors, but you can extend the life of your cabinets' finish by topping off the paint with a tough sealant coat. A sealant is particularly valuable if your cabinets boast a faux finish or other decorative coating. Water-based polyurethane varnishes provide enhanced water resistance, chemical resistance and scratch resistance without emitting fumes that might adversely affect the flavor of...

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Prime the cabinets.

If you plan to use paint to refinish your cabinets, they will need to be primed first. Primers are paint products formulated allow new paint to bond with the old paint below it. The primer seals the wood, covering any blemishes, stains, knots, or anything else whose color might leech into the final paint coat. Here is a quick primer on primer:

Do you need to prime? If you are painting an unfinished surface, whether wood, drywall, concrete, or metal, needs to be primed before it is painted. Pick the right primer. Many primers today will work on anything—ask the pros at the paint store what they recommend. A good rule of thumb is to match the primer with the paint: a shellac primer over latex paint, and an oil primer over oil paint. An exception to this would be applying water-based products over oil-based. This will not work. Painting oil over latex? The question has been asked 1,000 times, whether it's ok to paint latex over oil, or oil over latex. The...
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Did someone say Dream Kitchen? Yes Please!

We may not all have our dream kitchen, yet…but with Fusion™ Mineral Paint you can easily take an outdated kitchen and turn it into your very own custom dream kitchen! With a little Fusion™ TLC in as few as only 2 steps, and under $150.00 you can completely transform your kitchen!It may surprise you that I love older kitchen cabinets! Even though they may not be the latest style, the quality of the cabinetry is typically of solid wood construction and quite durable! I may not be your average duck, the thought of refinishing cabinets gets me excited! I want to hit up the design centre and start browsing new backsplash and counter top designs…and while I’m at it, a new wall colour as well! While it’s not always possible to afford new counter tops, a back splash and cabinets, I want to share with you how quick and easy it is to re-paint your kitchen cabinets yourself for under $150 for a whole new look!

This before...

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Before I begin with this super duper guide, I must say painting your kitchen cabinets isn’t the easiest DIY project BUT the results are SO worth it. I started back in Jan. and it’s still lingering. So it takes some time. But remember I have 3 small kids that need me 24/7 plus the rest of my life. But for a normal human like yourself who has their act together,should be prepared to set at least 2 weeks aside to tackle this project.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Before you begin you need to gather the following supplies. How do I know this? Well I did my research. Anytime I start a project that I’m not familiar with I Google it, Google it again and even Pinterest it:0) Then Goggle it one more time just to be sure. It’s important to do your research. Especially on projects like this. It’s not like were painting an old dresser YO.

1. HVLP sprayers are going to give you the smoothest finish. Smooth like a baby’s bottom. This tool will help you get...
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Painting your kitchen cabinets is an easy way to transform your kitchen and if you do it yourself, it will cost you less than $200 bucks.

In this article, I’m going to discuss:

Different painting methods and which one to use for the best results How to paint your kitchen cabinets step by step Supplies you’ll need The best paint to use on kitchen cabinets

This project is more difficult than painting a room and it will take more time. But, most handy homeowners can paint their cabinets and end up with a quality finish – assuming you aren’t going to skip steps or rush the project.

First, let’s talk about…

3 Common Painting Methods for Cabinets

There are several different methods you can use to apply the paint, and each will result in a different quality of finish.

#1 – Paintbrush Only – This takes the longest and will yield a poor finish so it’s not recommended. If you go this route, you’ll end up with brush strokes covering the cabinets....

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New-looking cabinets in 3 steps

Clean the old cabinets thoroughly, prime with a stain-blocking primer, and then paint with a high-quality latex enamel.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on new cabinets to give your kitchen a stunning new look. If your cabinets are in good shape, you can give them a fresh face with paint. Everything you need to give your drab cabinets a silky smooth painted finish costs less than $250—including the sprayer.

Professional painters typically spray-paint doors because it produces an ultra-smooth finish. In this article, we’ll show you how to spray-paint your doors and drawers. There’s just a short learning curve to use the sprayer effectively. You could also spray the cabinet frames, sides and trim, but masking off the cabinet openings (and the rest of the kitchen) takes a lot of time, so just use a brush for those areas.

Despite our enthusiasm, there are downsides to a painted finish. The paint...

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After getting over a hundred emails over the course of the past year from readers asking how to paint cabinetry,
(I'm apparently not alone in my old-house-situation!)
I decided to put together a really simple tutorial to help you with one of the most frequently asked questions I receive:

How on earth do I paint my cabinets???

Painting your cabinetry will take you some time, but it's a lot easier than you might think, and if I can do it, so can you.
(This tutorial also works for bathroom cabinetry, as it's the exact same process I used in two of our bathrooms, here and here.)

Before we get started, let me just show you just how great our new paint and hardware looks!

As you may remember from this post (where I painted the insides of my cabinets with chalkboard paint), I mentioned that I had just re-painted my cabinets. That was true. When we first moved into this house, the kitchen cabinets had already...
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It’s been two years since I chalk painted our kitchen cabinets. Here’s the top 10 questions I get about my chalk painted kitchen cabinets:

1. What did you use?

Originally, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White on the uppers and Duck Egg Blue on the lower cabinets. You can roll the paint on but I felt like brushing it on gave me a better result. You may find it useful to have brushes in a variety of sizes depending on the angle you’re painting. Of this 3-pack, I would use the largest and smallest brushes most often. It’s so important to always use good brushes. I use Purdy or Wooster brand brushes on almost any project I do. It really does make a difference on the finished product. I once had a friend tell me 20 years ago that, “If you’re going to do a project and don’t use Purdy or Wooster brushes, it isn’t worth doing.” That was 20 years ago before the DIY craze and it still holds true today (in my experience).

Painting the cabinets the week we...

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It’s true NO PRIMING, NO SANDING! Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint® to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like white washing to looking like old painted furniture, and that had a good range of color that could be extended by the user. This paint is very easy to work with and allows people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.

Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off if you want to make it thicker, make it into a wash by adding even more water to it. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes for a more textured aged look.

To learn more about these and other techniques, take a paint class with us or purchase one of Annie’s fabulous books...

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