Painting Kitchen Cabinets - a Quick and Easy Way to Update
Painting Kitchen Cabinets – a Quick and Easy Way to Update
We are all thinking of ways to save money these days. If you are selling your home and need a few renovations in order to get top dollar, or if you just need to give your kitchen a facelift, consider simply painting your cabinets for a fresh new look. Renovations can be costly, but painting can offer a cost-effective, quick and easy way to change the appearance of a tired kitchen.
It is fairly easy to paint wood-laminate, solid wood and metal cabinets. Flat-front doors and drawers are simpler to paint; cabinets with raised panels will require more paint and prep time. You can apply paint utilizing several techniques including rolling or brushing with a natural bristle or foam brush, or by spraying. The best applicator may depend on the type of paint or finish you select for the job. Be sure to consult with a professional before purchasing materials and beginning your project.
Before the painting process begins, remove the cabinet doors and all hardware. Thoroughly clean the cabinet surfaces and ensure they are free of grease residue using a solution of one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water. Cabinets need to dry thoroughly before paint is applied. Mask off the interiors with painters’ tape for a clean, finished look, and lightly sand the front surfaces and visible edges of the cabinet face frames. Do not remove old paint or varnishing if it is well-adhered; this finish will allow for smooth and optimum adhesion. Apply the primer sealer to all surfaces to ensure a well-bonded finish coat, and then get ready to start painting. Paint is first applied to the inside edges and openings of face frames, then the outer cabinet sides and the face frame fronts. Next, paint the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and any separate wood pieces or moldings. Flow the paint into crevices and corners and avoid paint accumulating in pockets. Thin, light coats do the trick, leaving fewer visible brushstrokes. Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours between coats. When completely dry, resand all surfaces lightly and apply the second coat. As a rule, two coats will complete the job.
A simple paint project can transform a kitchen in the most cost-effective way.