The prep work
If you want to make your task easier, the right preparation is vital. Here is what Marlene did:
1 First we removed all the cupboard doors – it’s easier to work with loose doors than ones attached to the carcasses. This made the carcasses, which also had to be painted, more accessible.
2 All the surfaces were sanded with 80-grit sandpaper. It wasn’t necessary to remove all the varnish; the surfaces just had to be rough enough so that the undercoat would adhere.
Tip If you want to put on new handles, fill the old holes with wood filler (choose white filler if you’re going to paint a light colour and if your paint is dark, get the shade closest to the old wood colour).
3 Next, a universal primer was applied; use something like Dulux Supergrip with a short-haired roller on the flat surfaces and a small brush on the routered edges. The primer needs 24 hours to dry completely.
4 Then I applied the tinted coat with a roller and brush on the various surfaces. Two coats were sufficient for this project. Make sure everything is evenly painted.
5 When the paint was completely dry, I sealed it with Sabre Stoneseal.
6 Before we re-attached the cupboard doors, I painted all the carcasses.