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Give That Old Painted Storage Cabinet a Facelift

by Greg Keefer

An old pantry or storage cabinet can easily be modernized with just a fresh coat of paint. Whether your a professional handyman or a novice homeowner, a fresh paint of coat is an easy job nearly anyone can handle.

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Paint Your Storage Cabinet in just Five Steps

Here's how you can give your old storage cabinet a great new look.

  1. Disassemble the cabinet. Take the cabinet doors and drawers off the frame. Hinges, handles, and knobs need to be unscrewed and set aside.
  2. Wash the wood. Hand scrub with a strong household detergent to remove grease, dirt, crayon, and smudges that might show through a new coat of paint. Use a cloth rag or sponge. Don't worry about taking off shellac or other finishes since you're going to be painting over them.
  3. Sand all the visible surfaces. Rough the wood so it will readily take new paint. A tack rag or moist cloth will pick up the sawdust left over from the sandpaper. Go over the wood a couple times to ensure that all the sawdust is removed. Make sure you work the sandpaper into the recessed cabinet areas and inside the corners.
  4. Use a primer if needed. An unfinished wood cabinet sucks up paint and may require several coats to create a uniform and polished appearance. Prime the wood with a good primer designed for the water- or oil-based paint you've selected.
  5. Paint the cabinet. Begin painting in recessed areas and work your way out. A good quality brush made for the type of paint you're using can pay for itself in a quality job well done. A good brush spreads your paint more evenly.

For a real facelift of your old storage cabinet consider using new hardware. Old screw holes can be filled with wood putty and painted over. You're free to pick whatever style of knobs and hinges you'd like since you're not limited to matching the old screw holes.

About the Author

Greg Keefer has been a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of helping others to

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