4/28/2013 12:44:57 AM
John Van Groningen
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
For anyone who would like to enhance the look of their kitchen without breaking the bank, there are many options. Painting kitchen cabinets is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to achieve an entirely new look for relatively little investment of time and money. So here is some advice for you on how to paint your kitchen cabinets:
Begin by removing the cabinet doors, and all of the hardware. A Phillips screwdriver or electric drill should usually be all you need for this. Make sure you label where each of them goes, so you can get them all back in the correct locations.
Strip the glossy finish off all surfaces, otherwise the new paint will not hold. This can be done with a chemical stripper (liquid deglosser), or with sandpaper. Either way, it’s a messy job. You’ll want to do this in a well-ventilated area, and wear old clothes and breathing protection. You do not need to get down to bare wood—you just need to make sure the impermeable topcoat has been broken down.
Clean up! You don’t want all that dust getting in your new paint finish. Use a shop vac to get the worst of it, then use a clean, damp rag to wipe off the remaining dust.
Now it’s time to paint! For a super-smooth finish, use a paint sprayer. Foam rollers are also good for this. Some people prefer the texture of a hand-painted cabinet, however, so don’t decide against a brush too quickly! If you are going to paint white, use several coats of white primer first. If you want to use a different color, get your primer tinted a partial shade of your topcoat.
Hint: for each coat, lay all your kitchen cabinet doors face-up, and paint them one after the other. Once they are all dry, flip them all over and do the other sides. Use lots of tape and newspaper to protect your floors and countertops as you paint the cabinet frames.
After you have put on at least two coats of primer, it is time for your topcoat. Oil based paints traditionally give the longest lasting, most wear-resistant finish. These are harder to use and clean up, and have more odor, however, so latex paints are often preferred. Ask at your paint store for a formula that has good scrub resistance and a hard finish. Usually semi-gloss is the preferred sheen.
While you are at it, you might as well replace the hardware on your cabinets too. New hinges and knobs are quite cheap (as far as kitchen renovations go) and they will really accent the new look of your freshly painted kitchen cabinets. Now, just put the cabinet doors back on, clean up the project detritus, and admire your masterpiece!
Painting your kitchen cabinets can radically transform and modernize the look of your kitchen, for a small fraction of the price of replacing your cabinets or remodeling your kitchen. Even if you hire a professional painting company, the cost comparison is very much in favor of repainting the cabinets.
Jondec Painting provides the greater Chicago area with excellent painting services. We can help you transform your kitchen by painting the kitchen cabinets. With a professional painter, the project will be finished much sooner, and we guarantee fantastic results! Give us a call for a free estimate in Tinley Park, Palos Heights, Crestwood, New Lennox, Alsip and other Chicago suburbs.