If you’re getting ready to paint your kitchen cabinets, cleaning them is your first and most important step.

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Chances are there’s a layer of grease and gunk on those cabinets that you need to get rid of before giving them a beautiful new coat of paint.

  • First thing’s first: remove the cabinet doors and drawers from the cabinet boxes. Make sure you label each one in an inconspicuous spot so that you know where everything needs to go when you’re putting it all back in place.
  • Next, it’s time to make your cleaner. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is the best cleaner for the job, and you can pick up a bottle at most hardware and paint stores. Make sure to wear rubber gloves while you’re handling TSP because it can irritate your skin, especially if you’ve got any open cuts.
  • In a large bucket, combine a half cup of TSP with two gallons of warm water and stir. Fill up another bucket with clean warm water.
  • Soak a sponge in the TSP solution and start wiping down your cabinets. Focus on corners and any other areas where grease can build up.
  • Afterwards, using a different sponge or a rag, rinse off the TSP with the bucket of clean, warm water, and you’re all set.

Then comes the easy part: let everything dry. Once the cabinets are clean and dry, there are still a few more steps of prep work to go, including sanding, filling, and priming. Then they’ll be all set to make the most of a new coat of paint.

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2 replies
  1. Shelly D.
    Shelly D. says:

    I want to share something for anyone who has read this. When I first bough my home, this was back in 2004, I told my husband at the time that I want us to do all the fixing up. I would handle the cleaning, painting, and so on and he does the harder work like the pluming. Needless to say, I did not clean the kitchen cabinets as good as I thought. I used the wrong cleaner and missed large sections. About 5 months after I had done all that work on them, the paint started splitting. By the second week, it looks horrific. I had to have someone come in and fix it. If you are not sure about it, just have someone paint your kitchen cabinets for you. Don’t go through what I did.

  2. Herschel Mickolick
    Herschel Mickolick says:

    I’m not sure exactly how I found this blog because I had been researching information on Real Estate in Winter Park, FL, but anyway, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, keep it up!


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