Let the first coat dry for 2-3 hours, and then apply a second coat.

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Now that your cabinets are dry, you can get started on applying the top coat.

The protective top coat from your Cabinet Transformations Kit provides extra protection against stains and scratches. Then, using a clean synthetic paint brush, apply an even coat to the cabinet frames, brushing in the direction of the wood grain.

And although you’ve all seen our newly renovated kitchen, we actually painted our previous 50-year-old knotty pine cabinets right after we moved in (to tide us over until we had the funds to replace them altogether). Bring home paint swatches and select the perfect palette, and if you’re planning to replace your hardware, purchase some before you move on to the next step.

Check out the dark and dingy kitchen that we inherited with the house: So how did we do it? Because most old hardware is a different size than newer hardware (the holes are further apart or closer together), it’s important to know if your new door and drawer bling is spaced differently than your current hardware before you begin.

Now that your cabinets and workspace are fully prepped, it’s time to start applying the deglosser from your Cabinet Transformations Kit.

The deglosser will eliminate the need for sanding or stripping to save you time (and a mess).

Of course by removing the hinges you’ll be removing all the doors, so finding a place that you can lay out a big fabric or plastic drop cloth (which are about from Home Depot or Lowe’s) is a good idea.

Once you have your drop cloth in place, lay out all your cabinet doors and drawers so you can paint them all together in one convenient spot (and have full access to the frames of the cabinets in the kitchen). Then if you’re replacing your hardware with something that won’t fit the existing holes in your doors and drawers, you’ll want to pick up some wood filler (it’s around a tube, which is all ya need) and fill those existing hardware holes in all of the doors and drawers.

This will help you remember which cabinet door goes where.