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Can You Paint Cabinets Without Sanding?

Getting a new kitchen cabinet can be an exciting experience. It can give you a great deal of satisfaction that you are able to own something that will make your kitchen look better than ever before.

An experience that you aren’t likely to forget!.

It means you can do whatever you want with it and make it your own. Cabinets can have multiple different uses and are truly a wide and open landscape for your imagination. 

Can you paint cabinets without sandings

However, you might be wondering a lot of things about your kitchen cabinet. Do you have to sand it to make it look exactly as you want it to? Can you paint a cabinet without sanding it? Should you repaint a cabinet or will it harm the wood?

These are all important questions and deserve a proper answer. This is what this piece will set out to do – give you the answers that you need to be able to treat your cabinet right. 

Why Paint Your Cabinet?

First of all let’s examine why you might want to paint your kitchen cabinet. Painting your cabinet is something that many people want to do but equally a lot of people don’t want to do.

It can seem as if you are making the cabinet cheaper but in actual fact, painting your cabinet can make it look much better.

Sometimes, cabinets look cheap when they are painted because they are painted badly and painted by people who aren’t interested in doing it properly.

A well painted cabinet can not only look good, but it can also actually improve your cabinet. 

Often cabinets that look shabby simply need a new layer of paint on them to make them look better than they would otherwise have been.

For example, if you buy an old kitchen cabinet doors that you wonder whether they were worth the price or not due to the bright yellow paint work that has been used on them, then it’s worth scrapping the old paint off and seeing what it looks like underneath. 

That way you might be able to realize that the cabinet has much more charm than you previously thought. 

This is why you should consider painting your kitchen cabinet – because it can not only transform a cabinet, regardless of its age, from something you dislike to something you love but also because it helps save older pieces that otherwise might have just been thrown away.

We must all consider our impact on the environment and saving cabinets that you might have thrown away by transforming them can only have a positive impact. 

Can You Paint Cabinets Without Sanding?

Now that we’ve addressed why you want to paint your cabinet, let’s look at whether you can actually paint your cabinet without sanding it. 

The simple answer is it depends on the cabinet. If you have a new kitchen cabinet that has only ever had one newly painted layer of paint on it then it isn’t a problem.

Similarly, if your kitchen cabinets have been installed raw without any varnish or paint on them then it is fine to paint them without sanding first. 

However, if you have bought some older kitchen cabinet that you like the look of and think would be worth restoring, then it’s best to look into sanding them first before paint over them.

This is because if the paint is chipped or in some way damaged then the cabinets may be damaged as well. 

You need to make sure that they aren’t before you start painting, which is why it is best to sand the cabinets rather than jump headfirst in with the paint. 

However, if your kitchen cabinets are relatively new then you can paint them without having to sand them. This is how best to go about doing that very process.

Firstly, you need to make a diagram of the cabinet. This is important, particularly if you want to paint the cabinets with a pattern, as it will save a lot of hassle later on. 

Cleaning The Cabinets Thoroughly

Once you have a good idea of where everything is, it’s time to clean the cabinet and the cabinet front doors.

This is important to do because if there is even a small amount of grease on the cabinets and this mixes in with your paint, it will trap the grease on the cabinet meaning that rather than making your cabinet look nice and sleek it will make it look as if it hasn’t been properly looked after. 

After cleaning the cabinets, you can begin to the process of actually getting the cabinets ready to be painted. Remove the cabinet doors and number them in line with the diagram you have already drawn.

If the cabinet doors have been painted (but remember this only works if they have been newly painted) then put on a pain of gloves and pour some deglosser gently onto them.

You can then slowly and confidently wipe the gloss off the front doors and the other parts of the cabinet – you don’t want to degloss the doors and find that there is still gloss on the sides!

Leave for an hour or so. After that you can begin painting the kitchen cabinets. The first layer that you’re painting is the bond coat. This is sometimes also referred to the as the base coat because it is the base for the later painting you are going to do on the cabinets. 

After you have painted the first layer, it is best to let is dry for an hour or two, depending on what kind of base paint you have used and how big the cabinet is. After it has dried, you can begin to paint on the second layer. 

Ensure that the second layer has properly dried before applying the final layer which is important to do as it protects the cabinet from being easily worn down.

Let that final layer dry for another hour or two and them reattach the dried doors to the rest of the cabinet. 

Why Painting Your Cabinets Can Do You Good?

Your home should be exactly as you want it to be. This is why, if you are dissatisfied with your kitchen cabinets, then you should do all your can to make them look exactly as you want them to. 

Kitchen cabinets are often at the heart of a kitchen; therefore, you should make sure that you put as much of your imagination into remaking your kitchen cabinets as you can. Your home is your canvas, and you should use it as such. 

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About Lisa Bohrer

Lisa is a native Texan who says she wears many hats. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, farmer, animal lover, fisherwoman, gardener, and college student. Lisa is a sophomore at Liberty University where she is taking classes to earn her Associates Degree in Creative Writing. She and her husband of 35 years fill their days with life on the farm raising goats and chickens, and then most evenings she can be found at the computer writing, or researching a topic that has piqued her interest.

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