Find out how to paint kitchen cabinets. Get step-by-step instructions for cleaning, sanding, priming and painting. Get tips on also replacing the knobs, pulls and hinges to complete the cabinets' new look.
TOM: Well, if you want a new look in your kitchen but can’t afford a major renovation, painting your kitchen cabinets can make a dramatic difference. If you do it right, it’ll look great and it’ll last a long time. Here with the step-by-step to get it right the first time is our friend, Kevin O’Connor , the host of This Old House .
KEVIN: Hey, Tom.
TOM: This is a popular project right now; people are trying to save some money. Not that hard to do.
KEVIN: No. It’s a great way to save money and it is not hard to do. Now, there are a lot of different approaches but here’s one to think about if you’re going to paint oak cabinets  using, let’s say, a latex or a water-based paint.
Here are the steps: clean and degrease all the surfaces; then, lightly sand and clean all the surfaces with a tack cloth; next, you want to prime with a bonding primer that’s going to make sure that the paint sticks; and then you can apply two coats of latex.
And here’s the kicker: on top of the latex, try applying two coats of polyurethane.
TOM: That’s a good point because cabinets take a lot of punishment. Now, you go through all that work; how about some jewelry for those cabinets? Good idea to replace the hardware ?
KEVIN: It is. That’s a great finishing touch. Once you’ve painted the cabinets, you’re going to want to replace existing knobs, pulls and hinges, too. And if you want to see a step-by-step video of the tools, materials and techniques for painting cabinets, visit ThisOldHouse.com.
TOM: Great tip. Kevin O’Connor from This Old House, thanks for stopping by The Money Pit.
KEVIN: Always a pleasure.
LESLIE: Kevin, those are awesome ideas. It’s so great for you to share those with us, because we get so many questions here at The Money Pit where folks are looking to affordably make over their kitchen and certainly, painting those cabinets is a great option.
Hey, if this sounds like a great idea to you guys out there, head on over to ThisOldHouse.com. As Kevin mentioned, there is a great step-by-step video to help you get your project done right.
TOM: And This Old House is proudly sponsored by Bellawood Prefinished Hardwood Floors.