How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?
Are your kitchen cabinets showing signs of wear? If you know how to paint kitchen cabinets you can give them a makeover without paying a professional to do the work for you. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry as we explain the steps here.
Choose the Paint
Primer: primer will give the cabinet a tinted color based on the upper coat. Primer is good for preventing stained or dark surfaces from appearing, but make sure the primer paint is suited for the kitchen cabinet material, i.e. laminated surface, metal or wood.
Paint: options include low fume paints, water based, acrylic, acrylic enamel pant or oil based. Paints need good ventilation because the solvents could make you feel uncomfortable.
Also read: How to Build Kitchen Cabinets?
Tools You Will Need
Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Before painting, remove the cabinet drawers and doors from the cabinet. Remove the hardware as painting over the handles and hinges could affect functionality.
Label the drawers and the doors so you won’t have a hard time recalling which hardware goes into where. Use a screwdriver or cordless drill to remove the hardware and the hinges.
In most cases you will be able to label where the hinges have to go. Now you just need to apply painter’s tape when reinstalling.
Clean the cabinet box and drawer faces as well as the shelves and doors’ sides. Remove all the grease and dirt. The best tool for this is a deglosser as it removes dirt and the glossiness. Put on rubber gloves and goggles before applying the deglosser.
When studying how to refinish kitchen cabinets, you’ll come across some different treatments for extra glossy surfaces. If your cabinet is extra glossy, use 120 to 220 grit sandpaper until the surface dulls and becomes smooth.
For paneled doors, a contoured sander is the most effective tool. If you don’t have one, just use a sponge with sandpaper. Once you are done, use a damp rug or cloth to remove the dust.
Now it is time to test the paint. Set down a drop cloth to absorb any drips. Cover the walls with newspaper to prevent accidental splashing.
Before applying the paint, make sure it is the color you like and test it first. Apply at the back of the back of the cabinet so you’ll be able to check if the color is right. If the finish is right, keep painting.
Use a paintbrush or high density roller to apply oil based bonding, stain blocking primer. Let it dry as per the product instructions.
Spray, brush or roll your cabinets with a single coating. Let the coating dry before applying another one. There is no need to over brush because the paint will level up when dry.
If your cabinet shelves are adjustable and they require a paint job, now is the best time to apply it.
Apply as many many coatings as necessary. When the surface has attained the color and dept you want, stop painting and let it dry. Repeat these steps for all the cabinets and drawers that you want to paint.
Reattach the hinges and hardware once the paint has dried. Hang the doors, screw the hinges and put the drawer pulls back in, using your labels as guide. Spray paint the hardware if you want.
If after learning how to paint kitchen cabinets white you want to spay paint hardware, let them dry before putting back into the cabinet.
Tips and Suggestions
If all that panting seems like too much work, you might consider using a power sprayer. A power sprayer will give your cabinet a smooth finish.
A few more reminders: if you opt for primer, choose one that dries as quickly as possible. Make sure the primer is compatible with your paint and follow all the instructions as indicated.
Some wood types like oak have open pore grains. This is perfectly all right and some like their cabinets to look this way. But if you want your cabinets to look smooth, fill up those pores before painting.
There many ways to achieve this, but the most common is to apply multiple coatings of high quality primer while sanding between each coating. Keep repeating until the pores are filled up.
Well that wasn’t too hard was it? Learning how to paint kitchen cabinets is all about having the right materials and using the proper techniques.
As long s you’ve got both and are patient, those kitchen cabinets should come out looking new and sharp. Was this article able to help you? If so, please share it on Facebook.