The kitchen is often the most used and abused part of your home. It is the center of the home. When home buyers are looking to buy a house, it is probably the first room they consider. Kitchen renovations are costly but you don't have to go through all the trouble of ripping everything out and installing new cabinets to give your kitchen an upgrade. If your kitchen cabinets are dated having them painted can the most effective solution but it takes work. You can ask anyone who has ever tried painting kitchen cabinets on their own and they will tell you that it takes a lot of elbow grease, some hits and misses and a lot of time. If you have the time and the energy and are inclined to do it yourself instead of hiring someone with experience in painting kitchen cabinets, then here are a few things you need to know about the process involved.
Let’s begin with the most obvious step: prepare the room for painting. Clear everything out of your cabinets before you start doing anything. Relocate all the movable furniture and cover everything else with plastic sheets.
The basic painting techniques and material that you will need for painting kitchen cabinets are: paint, primer, degreaser, sandpaper, sponges, a tack cloth, an angular brush and gloves.
Here are simple steps to painting kitchen cabinets:
Remove drawers and cabinet doors.
Clean every inch and corner and crevice with a degreaser. This is a chemical that you might want to wear gloves for when handling.
Plug dings and holes with wood putty and then start sanding the surface thoroughly.
Remove the sawdust from the cabinets with a vacuum cleaner and then use the tack cloth to wipe away any remaining sawdust. It is important to make sure that any grease or dirt or old paint and varnish is removed before you start painting kitchen cabinets.
Apply the primer beginning with inner panels. Apply it first against the wood grain direction and then switch to follow the grain. Allow the first coat of primer to dry.
Sand the surface again when the primer has dried. Use a sand paper with a finer grit. The point is to rub away uneven brush strokes so that you have a smoother surface.
Once again, clean the surface with a vacuum cleaner and tack cloth and inspect the surface for jagged surfaces. You might have to repeat the steps of applying primer, allow the primer to dry and sand the surface twice or three times to get the perfect surface texture. Before painting kitchen cabinets with actual paint you need to make sure the surface is as smooth as possible.
You can now start applying the coat of paint using the angled brush. Start with the back panels and follow the grain of the wood. Place cabinets parts on a level surface to dry. Once the first coat dries, you can apply the second coat and a third.
When all the dismantled parts have dried out, you may begin to reassemble them and return the hardware where you first detached it. Hopefully, you will know which part goes where.
These steps for painting kitchen cabinets sound easy enough to do on your own, however, if you have never undertaken a paint job like this then you are better off finding a professional who specializes in painting kitchen cupboards. Whilst doing it yourself seems cheaper, there is a likelihood that you will mess up even cause further damage. For the sake of your cabinets, and your own peace of mind, it is always better to seek the advice of professionals. You would be surprised at how inexpensive painting kitchen cabinets with the help of a professional painter can be, not to mention saving your time to do other important things.