Updating kitchen cabinets with hardware

A piece of masking tape stuck to the back of each piece will do just fine.

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Otherwise, when you add a water-based paint to an oil-covered door, the paint won't stick. This is a crucial first step: Take all the doors off, pull the drawers out and remove the hardware knobs and hinges.

Some people try to save time by painting everything — hinges and all — while they're still in place, but Petersik warns that it's not a long-term fix.

Yes, it's super annoying to wait days for paint to cure.

But if you accidentally smudge the paint, you have to sand the door and repaint it (a hard truth any woman who's rushed to leave the nail salon surely understands).

"To fix it, you'll have to sand it and repaint it all over again."It's tempting to skip this step, but consider this: "Your finished kitchen could look amazing then, three weeks or three months later, knots in the wood can start to bleed through your paint," warns Petersik.

Use a stain-blocking primer (she likes Kilz Clean Start), and you won't get surprise blotches as the paint cures.

Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days, since intrepid DIYers love the idea of updating their kitchens with only a few coats of a new color.

It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls.

Avoid these blunders to end up with cabinets you can't wait to show off: Painted cabinets look lovely, but they aren't going to look totally smooth.

"If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves are going to show through the paint," warns Don Fahrbach, president of professional painting company PNP Craftsmen in New York City.

"You just want to take the surface from glossy to matte."Vacuum up any debris before you even think of dipping that brush in paint.

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