Sometimes when you’re in the mood for a major remodel to your kitchen or bathroom, you simply do not have the funds to undertake a full-scale remodeling project at that point in time. Nonetheless, there are always plenty of low-cost ways to gussy up your bathroom and kitchen and this week we’re going to talk about how to give your kitchen cabinets Cleveland Ohio a new life: through giving them the perfect paint job.

While there are multiple way to apply the paint to your kitchen cabinets, today we will break down the steps for painting them by hand. If you have a wood, wood-laiminate, or metal cabinets in your kitchen, these are relatively easy to repaint while plastic laminate cabinets can prove difficult. In addition, cabinets with raised panels and routed profiles can take longer than a simple flat-front door, so size up the job before heading in headfirst.

The first step is to remove the doors and hardware along with any knobs and latches. Place the hardware in plastic bags inside the cabinets and number each door so you know to which cabinet it belongs. If you are painting only the drawer fronts, you won’t have to remove the attached slides. If you do need to remove the slides, mark them and their locations as well to make for easy reassembly.

Next up, you want to clean the surfaces you are about to paint to remove any dust or grease that may be on them so that you do not seal those in with the paint. Once you’ve let your wood dry, then lightly sand the doors on all sides and faces to achieve a clean finish. Don’t bother removing all of the old paint, but rather roughen the surfaces so that the paint has a firm and clean base against which to adhere.

Finally, it’s time to apply the paint. Begin by painting the inside edges and openings of the face frames and then move onto the outer cabinet sides and ultimately the face frame fronts. This enables you to work quickly on less critical areas while being able to see clearly when dealing with the critical areas.

By following the above steps, you’ll remove both the headaches and mistakes that often come with painting your own cabinets.