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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? Paint­ing cab­i­nets is usu­ally a three- to five-day project. Be pre­pared to re­move all hard­ware, doors, and draw­ers. Then sand (if wood), clean, paint, paint again, let dry, and fi­nally re­in­stall ev­ery­thing.

ANY SPE­CIAL TOOLS? Painter’s Pyra­mid Stands ($8 for 10; ama­ are lit­tle plas­tic tri­an­gles that raise doors a cou­ple inches to make paint­ing fronts and backs eas­ier.

WHAT PAINT DO I USE? Alkyd paint, like Ben­jamin Moore Ad­vance ($35/gal­lon; ben­jam­in­, yields a more pro­fes­sional and durable fin­ish, but it takes longer to dry. If you pre­fer latex paint, opt for a satin or semigloss fin­ish for faster dry­ing; they also make wip­ing up cook­ing messes and spills eas­ier.

SAN­ITY-SAVER In­dulge your in­ner Mon­ica Geller and la­bel each door and drawer with mask­ing tape. Store the hard­ware and hinges for each in sep­a­rate la­beled bag­gies.

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