You want to upgrade your old kitchen’ style but worried about extra expenses. Then the best solution for this is to paint your kitchen cabinets to alleviate the beauty of your kitchen. Painting your kitchen cabinets will not only enhance the beauty of your kitchen but it will also transform your kitchen into a brand-new look and style. So, here’s why we bring you some important instructions and tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets.
Required tools and equipment:
First of all, before painting you need to have all our required tools in handy. So, a list of them is given below:
- Painter’s tape
- Broom or dusting clothes or tack cloth
- Sanding block
- 2.5- or 3-inch angled sash paintbrush
- 4-6 inch mini microfiber roller
- Mineral’s spirit
- #100 and #120 grit sandpaper
- Putty knife
- Wood filler
- Screwdriver or electric drill
- Ventilation masks
- Disposable gloves
Check out the following advice to buy the right paint:
- Buy the right supplies for the cabinet types: metal, solid wood, and laminate.
- Always review the paint label for specific instructions.
- In general, wood cabinets are perfect for painting. However, you can paint on any other surface which can be scuffed with sandpapers.
- Laminate cabinets need a special bonding primer. For the best results, the laminate must be in good condition.
- You must choose high-quality paint. Besides, there are also special cabinet paints available in the market that also provides a good finish.
- If you are going to use latex paint, then always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cure time.
Things you should consider before painting:
At first, you have to decide whether you are going to use water-based or oil-based latex paint and primer. But if your cabinet was previously painted with water-based latex paint then keep it like that. One can use latex over oil but oil won’t comply over latex finely. Either way, this makes latex a safe option. However, if you don’t know what type of paint was used earlier then you can use any of the paint. Because either of them will work over a smooth and clear finish. Moreover, there are other things to consider as well. Nowadays, latex has improved a lot than the previous time. But still, many professionals recommend using oil-based paints as it produces a smoother and more durable surface. There is also a negative side to oil-based paint. It is that an oil-based paint produces fume inside your home and you need to clean your painting equipment with mineral spirits. However, today’s latex paints are nearly scentless and pretty much easier to clean up with soap and water.
So, when you’ve finally selected oil or latex, then you need to select a degree of gloss you want in your cabinet paint. A glossy finish may give your cabinet a shiny look but it will magnify a lot of dings and mistakes. So, semi-glossed or satin finishes will be a good option for kitchen cabinets. Besides, the cabinets will be easily cleaned if you paint them flat or eggshell. But also note that some flat finish paint will be difficult to clean.
Preparation before painting:
Painting your kitchen cabinets can take up a few days to complete. Therefore, plan accordingly. It will be best if you plan to paint your kitchen cabinets when you have a long vacation.
However, before painting wear the right safety gear and disposable gloves and keep the windows open for enough ventilation. You should remove the drawers and doors and work in an open space like a basement or garage for the best results.
Inspect the overall condition of your cabinets. You can paint over those surfaces in which existing paint is in good condition. But if the surface is not in great shape then you need to remove the old paint. In the market, you can find a variety of stripping products to do the work easily. You just have to brush the stripper over the old paint and be patience until it reacts with the old paint. Then use a plastic scraper to strip away the old paint. Once the surface is dry, use sandpaper to remove the last of the old paint.
Vacate your cabinet area. Remove doors, drawers and drawers face (if possible) with screw-drivers or electric grill. Try to make up a diagram of the kitchen cabinet area. As a result, it will be easy for you to attach the doors and drawers in its right place of the cabinet. Don’t forget to label the doors and drawers with painter’s tape after removing them. So that you can easily reattach them in the correct spots. Put the hardware along with its screw in a zip-lock bag and label them accordingly.
Clean the surfaces you are going to paint. Protect the ground area with drop cloths and wrap the counter with rosin paper. Over time, kitchen cabinets become greasy so paint can’t stick to it well. That’s why you have to clean all the surfaces with grease cutter and TSP (trisodium phosphate). Mix the cleaner with warm water and wipe all the surfaces with a sponge. Then bathe the surface with warm clean water. Mend the damaged area. Use wood filler to fill dents and holes. You can use a putty knife to press the filler in and then smooth it out.
Sanding the surfaces will help the primer to stick well. You can use #100 or #120 grit sandpaper with a sanding block for flat surfaces. Folding the sandpaper, you can sand the detailed surface on doors, drawers, and in the corner of the frame. After sanding, vacuum the surfaces and Mop them with a tack cloth to get rid of any left dust particles.
Priming cabinet’s doors and drawer fronts:
Priming is very important before painting. As it allows a fine surface for the paint to stick and it covers all the defects.
You can use an angled sash brush of 2 and a half- or 3- inch wide to apply primer to the cabinet’s doors and drawer fronts.
Start working inside out of the cabinet frame. When you start priming the cabinet’s inside than at first work at the back and then work toward the front. With the help of brush get into the corner and detailed surface. It is essential to use even strokes and complete back into the wet primer.
For flat and large surfaces use a mini roller. A primer doesn’t need to look perfect. It works is to provide full coverage to the surfaces and a good base to the paint.
Once you have covered the surface, brush over the surface again to get rid of any buildup with the help of a dry roller or brush. The process is called “laying off”.
Start painting doors and drawers after removing their label but keep them nearby for later use. Use painter’s tripod to hoist the doors and drawers above the working station. In a raised position like this, you can paint the edge more easily.
First of all, paint the back part applying a smooth even coat. When the paint dries out, flip over the door and apply paint to the front part. Start working with corners and detailed areas. Ensure the primer is not pool over in the corner and brush out the edges. Then paint the large and flat areas with a mini roller. In the case of drawers only paint the drawer face instead of the entire drawer. It is because the paint on the sides and bottom of the drawer will cause it to stick in the frames. Let the primer dry out for a couple of hours. However, you can choose a fast-drying primer to speed up the process. And yes, don’t forget to check the primed surface under light to magnify any left dents or holes. Dust can also settle after priming, so it is better to sand the surface lightly once more time to have a final smooth finish.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets:
You can apply the paint with the help of an angled brush, mini-roller or a sprayer.
At first, you need to prime the cabinets just like its doors and drawers. Then after drying out of primer, you need to follow the instructions below to paint the cabinets:
At first, paint the cabinet frames. You can paint smaller areas with high-quality brush and large areas with a mini microfiber roller. The process is just the same as applying primer.
Paint the backside of cabinet doors and drawers’ front pieces. Once dry, paint the front section. Gently paint following the painting direction for a better result. Have some patience till the paint cures completely.
For a finishing touch apply the second coat of paint. Wait for the paint to completely dry. Don’t hurry to put all the pieces together before the paint completely cures. Use high-quality paint for durability and hard finish.
Fun time: Rearrange your kitchen cabinets:
Trust me the fun part of painting the cabinets is when you are about to rearrange everything together.
Now that you are done painting the cabinets, then you can use fun and decorative shelf liner inside. It protects the surface and provides a good look to the inside of cabinets.
Bring up the cabinet doors and hardware. Use the label to put the doors and drawers at the correct place of the kitchen cabinet.
Painting the kitchen requires a lot of process and time. But if you want to refresh your kitchen look without wasting more money then painting kitchen cabinet can be the best idea. So, as you come to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, then I think you can change the look of our kitchen in a new way.