Re-painting a very old china hutch
My condo has a built-in china hutch that I would like to re-paint. The previous owners painted the shelving and trim white and the drawers purple and red. Needless to say, it looks awful. I want to paint it all white. I think the white paint they used was enamel, but I'm not sure about the red and purple paints (they're probably latex).
I would really not be surprised if lead paint was used many coats of paint ago (the building is over 100 years old). There are no children in my home, I'm not pregnant, and I'm not planning on eating any chipping paint, so I'm not going to test for lead. But it's probably there.
That being said, I have some questions as to how to procede:
1. Should I clean it first with a cleaning solution? TSP or TSP substitute? Ditex?
2. Should I wet sand it or skip this step altogether?(given the likelihood of lead paint)
3. Do I need to prime over an enamel paint? I assume that I will need to prime the drawers to get rid of the bright red and purple.
4. What should I use for a top coat: If enamel, what type? Or should I try Cabinet Coat? Or oil-based paint?
5. What is the best type of brush to use for this project? Can I use a roller for the larger surfaces?
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.