Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting kitchen cabinets gives them that perfect facelift which creates the feeling of a perfect ambience every time you walk into your kitchen. You’re greeted by the warm welcoming color that adorns your neatly arranged cabinets with grandeur.
If you are already building a vivid mental image of the perfect kitchen, then you may also be welcoming the idea that your kitchen would look great with a makeover. Let’s assume that you decide in favor of painting your kitchen cabinets, what should you bear in mind? Here are your ABC tips for a perfect kitchen transformation.
Make Your Financial Estimates for the Project
Businesses and organizations make their annual budget and stick it. Anything that is not budgeted for and which would not be financed by the miscellaneous amount has to wait for the following year. You certainly don’t need to make annual budgets for your home needs. So when you decide for a kitchen painting project, check your bank balances to ensure they can cover for the cost of good paint and painting equipment. You also need to consider the professional painter’s fee in case you do not opt to do it yourself. Eventual hardware replacements also come with an extra cost.
Pay attention to all the pre-painting details
No one commits to painting kitchen cabinets in view of an imperfect and temporary product. If you don’t want this to be your fate, take care of the following preparation details to ensure an impeccable and long lasting outcome:
- Remove drawers, cabinet doors and hardware such as hinges and knobs. This allows paint to reach every bend.
- Label doors, drawers and hardware to preclude spoiling the good painting job with ill-fitting doors and drawers.
- Protect floors and countertops with drop cloths or brown paper to avoid making a messy kitchen while trying to create neat cabinets.
- Sandpaper your cabinets to remove grease and old paint. Paint sticks better on sanded wood.
- Vacuum and/or pass a damp cloth to eliminate any dust and avoid untidy painting.
- Using a filler to close up any dents anticipates a flawless finish.
Perfectly paint your kitchen cabinets
Abide by these tips to achieve a perfect cabinet painting job:
- Apply a primer to create an even base and use a color that is at most 75% close to the top paint. This gives your painting a better finish. A fast-drying primer is advised though not one that dries extremely fast and causes brush marks when you try to create an even finish.
- Use latex-satin paint to achieve that neat finish. A final satin polycrylic coat can offer additional durability to your painting.
- White, near-white, gray and navy colors are a common feature on kitchen cabinets. If you choose brighter colors like green and blue, always opt for their lighter version.
- Improvise a working table and support your doors and drawers when you paint them. This allows for neat painting that would be impossible on a floor.
- Kitchen cabinets are best painted using a brush or a mini roller. Be sure to make full length stroke and follow the wood grain.
A word of caution
Allow your cabinets to dry completely before you replace your equally dry doors and drawers. A blemish on freshly painted surface can only be remedied by going through the complete painting process. You, definitely, don’t want to be redoing your just completed job.