How to Touch Up Cabinet Paint

No matter how careful you are, all painted cabinets are eventually going to show some wear and tear. Kids bump into them; you drop things. Doors and drawers get banged and bumped. Chips and scratches are inevitable, but don't worry. Follow these simple steps and your cabinets will be looking brand new again in no time.

Step 1

Clean the cabinets with TSP or Simple Green, and wipe them dry.

Step 2

Sand the edges of any scratches or chips so that they are smooth.

Step 3

Use the craft sticks to apply the wood filler on any scratches and chips too deep to be covered with paint alone.

Step 4

Sand the wood filler until it is smooth and perfectly flush with the cabinet surface.

Step 5

Wipe away the sanding dust.

Step 6

Apply the primer to the wood filler and the area immediately surrounding it.

Step 7

Paint the repaired area, and let the paint dry thoroughly.

Step 8

Apply a second coat of paint if needed.


Brynne Chandler

Brynne Chandler

Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.