Kitchen remodeling, or just repainting your kitchen cabinets, can greatly improve the appearance and atmosphere of your home. However, painting your kitchen cabinets can easily go wrong, so it is important to follow the advice from professional painters to ensure the best results for your new cabinet look.
- Wood Cabinets Are Easiest For DIY Cabinet Painting
Technically speaking, you could paint any type of material – but the result may not be as you imagined. This is true even when it comes to painting cabinets. Wood cabinets are the easiest materials to paint and can easily be changed to any color (or stain) you desire to match your new home design, especially if strictly adhere to these recommendations. This applies to any unfinished, already painted or stained word as well as MDF and compressed wood.
Laminate cabinets, on the other hand, can be more difficult to paint – paint does not adhere to the surface of laminate well. If you have laminate cabinets that need updating but new cabinets are outside of your budget, the type of paint you choose will be extremely important. We’ll delve more into this later.
2.Prepare Your Kitchen Cabinets For Painting
Start by emptying out and cleaning your cabinets completely, especially in any cracks, crevices or molding designs on your cabinet doors. Remove door handles, draw pulls, and hinges – place them in a bag and keep them somewhere safe. Obviously, if the hinges are being removed, that means you are taking the doors off of your cabinets – set them aside until you are ready to paint them.
Tape off any areas you do not wish to get paint on. This includes appliances and countertop edges that line up with your cabinets as well as the walls and/or backsplash.
For a completely “new” look, use a wood filler to repair any cracks or holes in your cabinets according to the manufacturer’s directions. Now, it is time to sand! Use 220- grade sandpaper for stained cabinets and 120-grade for painted cabinets. Completely sand all surfaces of your cabinets that are to be painted.
- Use A Primer
Priming the cabinets is a critical stage in the process; you want to avoid all-in-one primer/paint products. Oil primers are ideal, but latex-oil primers are more commonly accessible. The only downside is that they do dry fast, (there are “extenders” out there to help with this issue).
If you are making a drastic change – like dark cabinets to a bright color, we recommend tinting your primer close to the final color choice to help make that transition a little easier.
Don’t forget to prime all surfaces that will be painted, including the inside of the cabinet doors! Once priming is done, it is back to step 2: you’ll need to lightly run the sandpaper over the surface of your primed cabinets.
- Use Quality Paint
When it comes to painting your cabinets, don’t skimp on cost. Quality paint will provide better coverage and better-looking results. As for the finish of the paint you select, anything, anything but eggshell finish or matte! The harder the finish the better – so go with satin, semi-gloss, or gloss. This is because, whether you realize it or not, your cabinets get a lot of heavy traffic. Dishes, pots, and pans being pulled out and put back in constantly; food splatter from a messy cooking experiment (and the subsequent scrubbing that follows); essentially, these hard finishes provide a more durable (and wipeable) surface to withstand the use cabinets get on a regular basis.
Also, spring for a 2- or 2.5-inch fine bristle brush of “better” or “best” quality. This will help to reduce visible brush marks. We also highly recommend 2 coats of paint, regardless of how well the first coat came out.