How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Painting kitchen cabinets can bring new life to the kitchen. It isn’t necessary to remodel the whole kitchen in order to get an up-to-date look. Following these instructions will make the job go a lot smoother and leave a professional look.
If there are knobs or handles on the doors, they should be removed before starting the painting process. Use a screwdriver/drill to get the handles off. Put all the parts in a baggy so they can be reused after the paint is dry. Or, this may be a great time to try new hardware. It will often update the kitchen and it is easy to do.
After the knobs are off, it is time to start the real work. This is a big job, but anyone who is willing to work and has patience should be able to get it done.
- Start by washing the cabinets. Do this with a degreaser and some elbow grease. A sponge or cotton rag works well. Make sure they are thoroughly rinsed.
- At this point, it is time to protect all non-cabinet-related surfaces from dust, debris and paint. If using tape, be careful putting it on surfaces that tape can damage.
- Next, it is time to sand. If a palm-sander is available, it will make the job go much faster. It can be done by hand with a piece of sandpaper. The sandpaper needs to be 150-220 grit. Ask the clerk at the hardware store, if this is hard to find.
- After the sanding is done, all the dust needs to be removed. Take a dry tack cloth and wipe down each door and cabinet box. This is an important step, so don’t overlook it. When you think you are done, wipe it one more time.
- Now it is time to paint. This is where all the fun begins. The primer goes on first. Take some time and do it right. Getting the right equipment for this part of the process is very important. Using a small dog roller (or cigar roller) with a 1/4″ roller nap and a 2 1/2″ Purdy sash brush will make a big difference. This equipment is a little more costly, but will leave a MUCH better finish. It is not necessary to remove the doors from the bases if you are painting or replacing your hinges. Leaving them up will make it easier to finish. It is a matter of personal choice.
- After the primer is dry, there should be very little sanding to do. Do a light sand touch up. This should be done with 220 grit sandpaper. Time to dust again. Use the tack cloth and get all the dust and other particles off the doors.
- Now it is time to paint. There should be two coats to make sure the paint completely covers the doors. Paint one coat and let it dry completely. Don’t be anxious and begin painting before the first coat is dry. This is an important step, so take it slow. Apply the second coat once the first coat is completely dry. If desired, you can put on a clear latex coat over the finished paint.
Time to stand back and take a good look at the cabinets. They will look great and add value to the home. Painting kitchen cabinets can be a lot of fun and give a new look that everyone will enjoy.
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