How to Paint Over Lacquer on Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets
  • 4-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-120
What You'll Need
Paint brush/sprayer

More than any room in your home, your kitchen is the one that gets used the most, and you may want to paint over lacquer on your kitchen cabinets. It also takes the most abuse of any room in your home. If you think about it, you cook, clean, and even do projects in the kitchen. When you cook, your cabinets are picking up all of the grease that is flying around your kitchen as well as the heat and temperature changes that your cabinet doors are subjected to each and every day. Because of this, you may need to give your kitchen a face lift and redo your cabinets for a bright fresh new look. There are several steps that you need to follow in order to have the process go smoothly.

Step 1. Clean Cabinets

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your cabinets are clean from all of the grease, grime and debris that they have collected over the years. One of the easiest ways to do this is to remove the cabinets and lay them on a covered table. You can then use a rag with an all-purpose cleaner to get them clean and then allow them to thoroughly dry.

Step 2. Sand Cabinets

Next, you will need to sand the cabinets down to remove the lacquer and get them to a smooth finish. You can use 150 or finer of grit sandpaper, and you will only need to make a few passes to get them clean. Do not forget to do the boxes of the cabinets themselves so that you will be able to paint them as well.

Step 3. Apply Primer

Your next step will be to apply the primer. This is so the paint will be able to bond to the cabinets better and give you a better finish. It will also help to prevent chipping and peeling as well on your cabinets, and it will keep your paint from bleeding through. You can choose from several different types of primer, and your decision is going to be based on the type of paint that you have decided to use. This step you will want to do in a well ventilated area, as primers tend to be strong in odor. Make sure that you cabinets are completely dry before you start to paint them.

Step 4. Paint

Now you are ready to paint your cabinets with the color of choice. First, you want to apply a thin layer of paint and then let it completely dry. This is going to be your foundation so do not worry about what it looks like. If you are using a paint brush, apply the paint with thin coats in order to get a professional looking finish. Allow the paint to dry in between coats so your end result will look smooth and without lines. You can also use a sprayer to paint your cabinets, which will help you to achieve a professional look as well with fewer coats. Make sure that you do this in a well ventilated area as well. Once they are completely dry, they are ready for use.