Cranberry red cabinets create a bold look for your kitchen.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Cranberry Red

by Maria Magher

Cranberry red is a bold choice for kitchen cabinets that will create a unique design scheme. Cranberry red is eye-catching and invokes a sense of energy in the space. If you are looking to makeover your kitchen, you don't need to buy all new cabinets. You can simply paint your existing cabinetry to get the beautiful cranberry red color that you desire.

1. Prepare the Cabinets

Before you can start painting, you need to prepare the cabinets. Your cabinets should be stripped down as much as possible. Take out all the drawers and take off all the doors. Remove all the hinges, drawer pulls, knobs and any other hardware from the wood. Remove excess dirt, oil and grime from all surfaces that will be painted. Cover the countertop with plastic sheeting, and tape off all the sides around the cabinets to protect the wall and the countertops.

2. Sand the Cabinets

The easiest way to prepare your cabinets for accepting paint is to sand them. You can strip the paint or use an agent that will allow your new paint to stick to the cabinets, but these methods can be time-consuming and messy. Instead, use a medium-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander to remove the surface varnish and to rough up the surface so that the new paint will go on easily. You don't have to remove the paint when you sand -- just remove the old varnish and any other slick spots on the surface.

3. Paint Your Cabinets

If your paint does not include a primer, you will first need to apply two to three coats of primer on the total surface area of your cabinets. Alternatively, if your paint does include primer -- which is recommended to save time and money -- you can proceed directly to applying your paint. Use a paint gun, if possible, to save time and to ensure an even application. Cranberry red paint will require multiple layers to ensure a rich and even tone. Apply the paint one layer at a time, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly before applying the next. It could take up to 24 hours for the paint to dry thoroughly.

4. Apply a Sealant

Your kitchen cabinets will be exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Protect them by finishing the paint job with a quality sealant, such as a polyurethane. Apply at least two coats, allowing the sealant to dry thoroughly between coats. Allow the cabinets to cure thoroughly -- at least 24 hours -- before reinstalling all the hardware and reassembling the doors and drawers.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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