How to Paint Home Bar Cabinets

What You'll Need
Putty knife
Wood putty
Drop cloth
Paint brushes
Clean rags

The installation of home bar cabinets above your personal wet bar adds value to your home while providing you with an easy way to entertain guests. Of the several steps that go into the making of the bar, deciding how you want it to look is one of the most important. Whereas some bar cabinets might look better in a natural finish, painting them adds a protective coating as well as matches them to the color scheme of your home. Pick the right color before you begin by weighing your options against the interior decor of the room. 

    Step 1: Separate the Pieces

    Before you begin painting, remove all doors, shelves and hardware from the main body of the cabinets. After everything is painted and dry, they can be reinstalled. 

    Step 2: Blemishes

    If there are any dings, scratches or other blemishes in the cabinets, now is the time to take care of them. Don’t worry about areas of the cabinets that will go unseen. With the putty knife, apply a small amount of wood putty wherever there is an obvious blemish. You don’t need much, just a bit. Smooth it out with the putty knife and your finger if you have to. 

    Step 3: Sanding

    Especially in areas that were touched up with wood putty but elsewhere as well, take a piece of new sandpaper and smooth out edges, corners and any other rough spots. The sandpaper should be of a fine grit. Wherever you may have touched up the cabinet with wood putty, be sure to pay extra attention to those areas so it looks natural when painted. 

    Step 4: Primer

    Before you apply the paint you will prime the cabinets. Apply an even coat of primer over the entire cabinet. If a portion of it will be invisible, you can forgo this step. Follow the directions on the primer. You probably won’t need more than one coat. 

    Step 5: Paint

    After the primer is dry, it is time to paint the final coating. Assuming you already have the color picked out, open the lid and stir up the paint a bit. If using brushes, make sure each stroke is evenly applied and smooth. Don’t let the paint clump up or run anywhere. You may have to add a second coat after the first one is dry. Paint with the grain of the wood and have a clean rag handy to wipe up any messes. 

    Step 6: Reinstall Hardware and Separable Pieces

    After the cabinets have been painted, reinstall the hardware to the doors and attach them to the cabinets. If the shelving is removable, you can wait until the cabinets are hung before you set it in place. Any light fixtures or power outlets will be installed after it is hung as well. 

    Once the cabinets are hung, finishing touches such as lights, power fixtures or glass panes can be installed.