The prep work

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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.

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