By Michael in Cave Creek, AZ on 5/15/2006
I have painted cabinets several times for my rental homes. Be sure that you start with a cabinet that is already painted, stained or properly primed bare wood. (Paint does not adhere well to white melamine, which is common for some economy cabinets sold at the big box stores).
The process I use is as follows:
1. Remove the doors and the hardware.
2. Sand all surfaces with #220 sandpaper.
3. Set up a spray booth in the garage using plastic tarps, you may want to set up a fan to circulate the air, but you will need to make sure that the fan is not stirring up dust.
4. Obtain an oil-based glossy paint. (Latex paint just doesn't wear well on kitchen and bath cabinets) You may need to visit a paint store to get your materials.
5. Use an air compressor and a small spray gun to apply the base coat and a second coat. Wear a respirator approved for the type of paint you are using.
6. If you plan to do any faux finishing. Apply the glaze with a sponge or other faux finishing tool after you are happy that you have a good solid-colored base coat.
7. Consider applying an oil-based clear coat on top of the faux finish using your spray gun.
8. The least fun part of the project will be cleaning up your spray gun with paint thinner.
This approach requires a lot more tools and a bit more skill than just brushing on some Behr or Glidden paint, but will yield long-lasting results without a brush mark texture.