Painting Kitchen Cabinets

B9BF7261Painting Kitchen Cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive parts of a home remodel. The price of cabinets is higher than replacing kitchen cabinets in many cases. If you can afford it, there are many models and styles available to update your cabinets. You can add add-ons like kitchen islands, lazy cookers, or built-in appliance hubs.

If cabinet replacement is too expensive for your budget, reinstalling cabinets is a less expensive alternative. The surface change only includes replacing the cabinet doors and exposed wood parts of the cabinet. The interior is left intact to save money on labor. Painting is the cheapest option and can breathe new life into a room. The job can be easily done in a long weekend with proper preparation.

You will need to decide whether you will paint the entire cabinet, inside and out, or just the exterior and doors. To save time, remember to leave it inside the cabinet, you will not be able to distinguish it.

Preparing the cabinet
Start by removing all hardware from the cabinet and removing the doors. Mark the doors, so you’ll remember which door goes on which cabinet. This will save you time and avoid aggravation later on. Protect counters and floors with rags, old sheets, or plastic sheets. They can be glued into place, especially on the floor. If you’re going to replace the flooring, paint the cabinets first.

Clean cabinets thoroughly before painting. It is important. Grease and cooking oil will prevent the paint from sticking. You may end up with an uneven color. Wood cleaner with orange oil has a good effect on dissolving grease deposits. Make sure to let the surface dry completely before starting the primer. The
Primer is an important step in the process. It provides a smooth, even surface for good adhesion.

Use roller for large areas and paint brush for small areas. Make sure to cover all areas, including the underside of the cabinet. Consider using trestles to paint and paint doors, for an easier time and more even coverage.

Allow primer to dry completely before starting to paint. One night is usually enough for the primer to dry. Apply paint in thin layers. It’s best to apply several thin layers instead of one thick layer. Allow twenty-four hours between coats to allow the paint to dry completely. Use fine sandpaper to sand between coats of paint.

When the paint is completely dry, you’re ready to reassemble the doors and replace the hardware. Consider updating your hardware to match your new look. Door handles and hinges are inexpensive and can make a big difference in the look of a room.

Choosing paint for kitchen cabinets
Don’t save paint. Use a high quality paint suitable for the surface to be coated. It will be different for wooden or metal cabinets. If you’re not sure, ask the paint shop for help.

In general you will want to use enamel paint. You have a few options in the ending. Gloss, semi-gloss or satin finishes are most commonly used. The higher the gloss, the stronger the finish and the easier it is to clean. If you want less shine, consider a semi-gloss finish.

Paint safety
Make sure to paint in a well-ventilated room. Do the job when it’s warm enough and leave the windows open.
Wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt to protect skin from paint. You can wear plastic gloves to protect the skin of your hands.
Wear goggles to protect eyes from paint and smoke.

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