How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen cabinets are in use countless times each day whether it be opening or closing cabinet doors as well as that the cabinets themselves have to put up with the constant temperature fluctuations which come with everyday kitchen usage. The kitchen really does provide the most volatile environment for wood than any other room in the house.

These constant temperature fluctuations are not the only point to blame when cabinet finish is concerned, the constant barrage of greasy and oily fingers touching the cabinets are also a major contributor to our once lovely kitchen cabinets taken a battering.

Before undertaking any painting tasks, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions, are your cabinets currently painted or are they finished with a stain or varnish. If they are painted you may not necessarily want to go for the same colour, so now’s your chance to change, try to visualize whatever new colour you have in mind and see that it complements the colours of other parts of the kitchen. Do this before undertaking the steps outlined below.

1. Clean the cabinets, you’d be surprised by the amount of dirt and grease which would built accumulated over a couple years. A clean surface when it comes to painting is a minimum requirement so get your cleaning utensils out and get stuck in, ensure your cabinets have sufficient time to dry out prior to cleaning before proceeding any further.

2. Sand the Cabinets, although this step can seem a bit tedious it is perhaps the most important steps of all. Use a light sand paper to remove any existing paint, a couple of passes should suffice, this step allows the primer to bind better with the surface of the cabinet.

3. Apply the Primer, the primer itself forms a better bond with the surface of the cabinet that paint alone could, it helps prevent any chips or flaking of paint which could occur due to pots and pans bumping off the cabinet doors. If your painting the cabinets the same colour the same as the previous colour it’s okay to skip this step.

The type of primer you should use is determined by the type of paint you intend to use, i.e an oil based paint would require an oil based primer, although if your requirement is for something different you can easily avail of some helpful advice at your local paint store.

Whatever primer you use you can guarantee that it will most likely have a strong odour so ensure that there is sufficient ventilation when carrying out this step.

4. Apply the paint, having carried out the steps above you should have at this point a suitable surface with which to apply your paint. The best method to achieving a professional finish is to apply the paint with a pneumatic sprayer if you have access to one. If you don’t then don’t worry, you can still achieve that professional look with a high quality paint brush, 2 1/2 to 3 inches would be perfect for the job. A common pitfall at this stage for most DIYers is to give in to temptation and lap the paint on in big chunks, this is a big no no and you’ll only be undoing all the good work you’ve done up until now.

The key to getting that professional look is to apply the paint in several thin layers, this not only helps you achieve your goal but it’s also the method which gives your painted cabinets the most durability.