Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

by Editor on May 8, 2013

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People have been painting their kitchen cabinets for years.  It’s a cheap and easy way to give your kitchen the facelift it needs and there are plenty of products on the market that will do the job for you.  The hardest part is knowing which ones to use.  Once you have made the decision to paint your kitchen cabinets, find out exactly what they are made of.  If they are constructed of wood, laminated wood or metal you will be able to paint them easily using this guide.  However, if they are a plastic laminate you may not be able to use just any material to paint them with.  Consult a trusted or reputable contractor to find out what you can use and how to go about the job properly.

  • Step One: Materials- It is essential that you use the correct materials to paint your cabinets.  If your cabinets are made of a basic flat material, with no cornices or molded patterns, it will be easy to paint them. Make sure you have a mini roller and a light brush to hand. Doors or drawer fronts that are faceted, molded, or have any other raised detail on them will require the use of a foam brush or spray paint to ensure an even and full coverage.
  • Step TwoDisassembly- Before you begin you must take off the drawer fronts and doors and remove the handles, knobs and anything else that is not to be painted. These should place into a sealed plastic bag so they cannot get lost and labeled.
  • Step ThreeCleaning- Kitchen cabinets are magnets for grease and other substances normal to a kitchen environment.  Clean the cabinets with a solution designed to remove grease without causing any damage. Wipe clean with plain water and a soft sponge. Do not use abrasive materials for cleaning as they will leave scratches that cannot be covered.
  • Step FourSanding- Before you can paint you must give your cabinets a light sanding, using fine grade sanding paper.  This is vital if you want your paint to stay on your cabinets and not flake off.  You do not need to remove all of the old paint unless it is damaged or already flaking off.
  • Step FivePrimer- This step is important and must not be skipped out.  Coat your cabinets in a good quality sealant or primer.  This is to ensure that your final coat of paint will adhere properly and it will also help to stop grease and other substances from eating into the final coat in the future.
  • Step SixFinal Coat- Allow the primer or sealant a drying time of at least 6 hours before you start on your final coat.  For this you can use a semi or full gloss but ensure it is of good quality.  Use the minimum amount of strokes when you apply the paint and only use light coats.  Each coat will require between 4 and 6 hours to dry.  If you are applying more than one coat use a small roller as this will reduce lines and brush strokes.

As you can see, it’s not too difficult a job to give your kitchen a new look. A simple coat of paint can work wonders, provided it is applied properly. Make sure you pay attention to detail and you will have a set of kitchen cabinets to be proud of.

About the Author

Jay Martins writes on many home remodeling projects including Kitchen Cabinets NJ, Granite Countertops, Hardwood Flooring and Tile Flooring,

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