You might be feeling your kitchen like dull and old and boring. If it is so one of the reasons behind it is your dull and boring cabinets which take away all the charm and beauty of your kitchen and make it to look dull and boring. There are many ways to freshen up your kitchen and one of the fastest and easiest ways is to paint your kitchen cabinets. You can give a quick coat and paint your kitchen cabinets. Painting your kitchen cabinets is by far the simplest way to update your kitchen without spending lots of bucks. Painting your kitchen cabinets is not only inexpensive but it is also a DIY project which will enlighten your kitchen and it will seem to look like new. Painting your kitchen cabinets will increase your interest in the kitchen and you will like to spend more time in your kitchen.
Materials you need while painting your kitchen cabinets
- Rubber gloves
- Tack paper
- Trisodium phosphate
- Sandpaper or sander
- Painters tape and plastic sheeting
Before starting to paint your kitchen cabinets make sure you have these stuff with you and then only start the work of painting your kitchen cabinets. Here are some of the steps which will help you regarding how to paint your kitchen cabinets.
Remember the things to do before renovating your home.
Pick your paint
Now this is something which is very essential while painting your kitchen cabinets. Choosing is the right color is by far the most important thing while painting your kitchen cabinets as selection of wrong color can give your kitchen a bad look even after trying so hard to improve it. Your all efforts can go in vain if you select a color which does not blend in with the kitchen interiors so while painting your kitchen cabinets choose the color wisely. When you are done with selection of color you must focus on the type of finish you are opting while painting your kitchen cabinets. You might have a habit of sticking to a specific finish, but you might try something new. While painting your kitchen cabinets especially when doing it yourself it is advisable to use a finish which has semi-gloss finish. Paint with semi-gloss finish avails you with ease of cleaning and wiping. Paint with semi-gloss finish can be easily cleaned without much effort and kitchen is such a place which gets dirty often and needs to clean on a regular basis. Thus while painting your kitchen cabinets make sure to have semi-gloss finish.
If you go for flatter finish then it will grab your cloth and it will give a chalky feel. If not flatter then it doesn’t mean you should go with high gloss finish. As you are painting your kitchen cabinets by yourself, high gloss finishes can be a bit risky. If you paint your kitchen cabinets with high gloss, it will highlight each and every brush stroke along with every roll mark you do.
The best color you should pick for painting your kitchen cabinets is white. Although many people go with other light colors but the best one to choose is white and it is evergreen. A white kitchen signifies clean kitchen.
Clean and cover
Before painting your kitchen cabinets, preparing your kitchen for it is very important. Start with cleaning your kitchen cabinets as it is very much necessary. After cleaning the kitchen cabinets, cover the flooring and counter tops with plastic sheeting or tape. This will protect the finishes of the flooring and counter tops and it will also avoid the ugly stains weakening the look of your kitchen. While cleaning the kitchen cabinets use some degreasing materials like trisodium phosphate so that all the grease and dirt is out of your kitchen cabinets. If cleaning is not done before painting your kitchen cabinets, then it will not give your cabinets an attractive look as you expected it to give. You might not know but grease is such a thing which is hidden in such places which you can’t even think about like near the handles, under the edge of the cupboard doors and under the cabinets. Your paint will stick in a better manner if you wash and clean those places. Take proper time and clean them effectively. If you wash them right way then it would be the best thing to do.
Sand, prime and sand again
Once you are done with cleaning your cupboards, give light sand to them with around 220 to 400 grit and sandpaper based upon the finish of your cabinets. If you are having an open grained kind of finish such as oak then you should probably use heavy grit sandpaper. After you are done with sanding, remove the cupboards and start painting with an appropriate on the primer. When you complete the first side, lay them flat and let it dry properly before you turn on to the other side. Touch it once and if you think it is dry then only flip the side of the cupboard. As soon as the primer dries, give a light sanding to the cupboards so that it will smoothen the brush strokes made by you and give a good finish. Vacuum your cabinet or you can even wipe it out with a damp cloth to clean any debris because of sanding. After that you can have coat of stix which will give a better finish. For even better result, you can apply two coat of stix.
Time to paint
Before painting your kitchen cabinets, it is very important to have brush or rollers of good quality. It will enhance the appeal of paint you applied. Firstly apply a thin coat on the cabinets and leave it to get dry so that it doesn’t get any drip marks. Once it is dry, touch and check it and then turn on the other side and repeat the same process on the other side. Don’t hurry for applying the second coat, wait for some hours and then apply the second coat.