During a kitchen remodel, the kitchen cabinets are often redone. If you want to keep the cabinets you have, but paint them a different color, this can be done during one weekend. It gives your kitchen a fresh, new look and isn’t difficult to do. Here are some essential tips for painting your kitchen cabinets.
Get the Right Supplies
It is better to be over-prepared than underprepared any time you start a home project, including painting the cabinets. There are a number of supplies you will need, not just the paint and brushes. The following should be items and supplies you have on hand for painting the cabinets:
- Drop cloths
- Paint brushes
- Paint sprayer
- Painting mask
- Painter’s tape
- Brown paper
- Wood putty
Preparing the Work Area
Once you have your supplies ready, you will need to prepare the work area. Start by removing all items on the countertops and inside the cabinets. Move it all aside, including any appliances that can be moved. Cover anything that cannot be moved with tarp. Tape off areas you don’t want painted, such as the wall behind the cabinets and around any outlets or switches.
To prepare the cabinets, remove the hardware and the cabinet doors. When you sand and paint them, you will do the doors separate from the cabinet bases. They should also be cleaned thoroughly, removing any oil, dust or grime that has built up.
Sand and Prime the Cabinets
Next, you will prepare the cabinets for painting. You first need to sand them using a fine grit sandpaper. Sand every inch of the cabinet doors, not ignoring edges and corners. Also sand the inside and outside of the cabinet bases if these are also being painted. This is sometimes the most tedious part of painting cabinets, but essential.
After they have been fully sanded, paint on the primer. This is used before paint before is bonds better with the cabinets. When you get to painting, it will look smoother and cleaner if you used primer first. Primer is painted on with a paint brush or paint sprayer, though you should only need a single coat. Wait for the primer to dry before continuing with the paint.
Paint the Cabinets
To paint your cabinets, start with a light coat of color first and wait for it to dry. This first coat is going to let you see any remaining imperfections in your cabinets. You might notice nail holes or dents in the cabinets that you did not see before. Use your wood putty and sandpaper to take out imperfections. Once they are ready, continue with 2-3 more coats of paint. For a professional look, use a 400-grit sandpaper to sand in between coats very lightly.
Hopefully these tips help you to successfully paint the kitchen cabinets. For more tips or assistance, talk to companies like Apple Creek Building Group Inc.