||08-04-2011 09:27 PM
Help with painting kitchen cabinets
I need some advice on repainting kitchen cabinets. I have done the the research and I know that I'm supposed to clean, sand, prime, and then paint the cabinets. However, the house we are renting was built in the late 40s and I'm sure the cabinets are original. Because of when they were made, I'm also pretty sure there is lead paint on the first layer. More recently they were repainted with an awful faux finish that looks like dirt has been smeared all over them. My problem is that I have three small children in the house ranging from 2 to 8. I take pride in doing a good job on things but I'm really nervous about sanding the cabinet frames in a house full of kids (the cabinet doors I'd do outside).
Based on who the owners send over to the house to do repairs and due to the fact that they seem to do most things on the very cheep, I can't image that the doors were sanded when the faux finish was applied. I don't even think that the doors were removed. They look pretty good still--no peeling or bubbles. There is some chipping on the bottom corners but it's minimal. We have been here a year.
So the question is, if I don't sand and just do a really good cleaning job, how long should the paint last?
Thanks for your help