Since the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, it’s no surprise that homeowners often dream of a kitchen renovation. However, when it comes to actually budget for a project of this scope and scale, things can get a little tricky. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to refresh the look and feel of a kitchen without paying thousands of dollars for an extensive remodel! One such method is simply to paint the kitchen cabinets, which can really breathe new life into the space and help you fall in love with your kitchen all over again. Whether you do this yourself, hire a professional house painter, or wherever you are to do it for you, below are the steps that go into this painting project.
Step 1: Remove cabinet doors and drawers
The first step in painting your kitchen cabinets is to remove the doors and all hardware Some cabinet painters prefer to remove the doors and drawers of their cabinets and paint them separately from the boxes. If you choose this method, take photos of your cabinet doors and hardware as you remove them so that you know how they go back together when it’s time to reassemble them. You will also want to label each door as you remove it so that you know where it goes when it’s time to hang it back up. The labels should include information such as which side of the door faces into or out of the kitchen.
Step 2: Clean the surfaces
Cleaning is a must when painting kitchen cabinets. Grime can interfere with paint adhesion, so clean the cabinet surfaces with TSP or a degreaser. A cabinet painting company would know what is the best method to clean the surfaces. They can rinse the cabinet with clean water, and then let them dry thoroughly before sanding it to create a smooth surface for painting.
Step 3: Sand the surfaces
A light sanding will smooth over any blemishes and take off any old finishes that are still on your cabinets. This allows the new paint to adhere better. Sanding between coats of primer and paint is also necessary for a more even finish.
Step 4: Now it’s time for the primer-sealer
This is a very important step in cabinet prepping and painting. You should always use two coats of primer-sealer to make sure that your first coat of paint bonds well to the surface, especially if you are using a lighter colour over a darker one. Primer-sealer also helps prevent drips and runs, which can happen with less expensive paints if you’re not careful.
Step 5: Finally, apply the paint
Depending on the size of the cabinet doors, a brush or roller can be used for this step. When using a roller, begin at the top of the door and work in “W” shapes until you have covered the entire door. Work down the doors applying paint to all surfaces of each one. Allow each coat to dry before applying another coat.
Painting kitchen cabinets can be a tremendous improvement to kitchen aesthetics. There are numerous benefits and only a few small steps to making this happen. You can often find everything you need at any home improvement store and it’s easy to see how it’s done with the proper process, materials, and planning.
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