The Key to a Smoother Kitchen Cabinet Paint Without Sanding

Does it ever feel like the perfect day to do something productive? Perhaps read a book, shop for the weekly groceries… or maybe paint some kitchen cabinets! But that means having to deal with the worst enemy, floating around like a nest of bees you can’t escape –sand.  

Sanding surfaces would help us achieve smooth finished and avoid those awkward bumps underneath your paint job whilst creating small ridges for the paint to adhere to. But not everyone can deal with sand. That’s why we’re here to fix that! 

Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to paint kitchen cabinets without having to go through the trouble of sanding it. But before you begin be sure to tape some builder’s paper on the floor to protect it from unwanted drops of deglosser! 

Here’s the breakdown of what you should do and why.. 

First off, we have to take out the doors and drawers. Clear out the drawers and lift them carefully. You could stack them on top of each other allowing you to have more space, and so you don’t have to ramble around trying to find the right piece to the puzzle. 

And as for the doors, take your trusty screwdriver and unhinge them from their frames. We recommend that you put them away in an organized manner. Maybe gather them in one area, or tape screws and hinges together. To avoid unwanted mismatching. 

Cleaning comes after this step, so take a sponge and some degreaser and then bring on the scrubbing! (But not too much, it could ruin the wood and make it hard to paint over.) 

We suggest you to apply a liquid deglosser. This helps in taking off the old glossy layers so you could paint over a new one. For this step, though, you might want to take it outside for safety reasons. The fumes could be harmful once they get inhaled. Give that cabinet a coat in every nook and cranny! And then.. just give it a few minutes to dry. 

After deglossing, you can move on to the primer. Since sanding is out of the question, the best substitute is to add paint primer or an undercoat. This would help the paint adhere better and would help protect the actual surface you’ll be working on. This should be done at least an hour after the deglosser has dried to make sure the primer sticks and keep the paint from peeling off. Coat every place you are sure you’ll be painting over. 

Lastly, you’ll just have to add in the paint! Use brushes and rollers for easier application depending on the surface of the cabinet. (Brushes could be used on the frames, while rollers could be used on flat surfaces of doors and drawers.) Using a fine bristle brush on bubbles and areas with thicker paint is a really good technique to get rid of them without having to worry about ruining the paint. Don’t miss any little corners to give your cabinet a neat look. 

Let everything dry and give the cabinets another coat of paint to make that color pop or simply to make it clean and clear. Using the same brushes and rollers is essential to the process to ensure the coating remains even. 

Just a few final reminders! 

Once everything has been done, let these little guys dry overnight (or maybe a whole day). When you start placing them back, be sure to do it very carefully as not to potentially ruin the paint. Don’t put them back on too early since the paint would be fragile and could easily dent. Don’t tighten the hardware too much either, because this could cause the paint to chip off. A newly painted cabinet with small chipped areas is definitely an unpleasant sight. 

And that’s it! Place the cabinets back to where they belong. Rearrange them if you’re feeling funky. Maybe even add some decorations to change the vibe.