Top 5 Pro Tips for Your Kitchen Cabinet Painting Project
The kitchen is an essential part of the house as this is where the goal of keeping our families healthy originates. A clean and fresh kitchen space is the first step to having a healthy and happy family, thereby cementing the importance of the kitchen in our homes. And when it comes to having nice kitchens, it is important to have beautiful cabinets.
When you notice that you have a worn out kitchen cabinet, you should change it, but this can be expensive. A less costly option would be to redo the cabinet, making it look new. You can achieve this with a simple cabinet painting job; your kitchen will get a brand new look and at the same time complementing your home decor.
You can give these pro painting tips a try:
1) Remove the shelving, doors, drawers, and hardware from the cabinet structure. Clean the cabinet surfaces with mineral spirits applied using a clean and soft cloth. Trisodium phosphate can also do the trick in removing oil stains, wax, grime, and other stains. These need to be eliminated as paint won’t set correctly on a greasy and dirty surface.
2) Even out the finished surfaces by sanding them lightly. If the cabinet surface has some grooves or dents, you can also use a wood filler to smoothen the surface out. Finish the sanding process by wiping out the dust with a clean cloth.
3) Select a primer that is suitable for the type of surface you have, may it be metal, wood, or laminate. The primer should also match the color of the top coat; dye it if necessary. Use a primer that is stain blocking for glossy surfaces. Tight grain woods such as maple or cherry, oil-based primers that are slow drying work best. Open-grained woods like mahogany, ash, oak, and hickory stand out best with thick coatings of oil-based primers. Use a nylon brush to apply the primer. Don’t neglect to caulk open seams.
4) Start painting the cabinets only when the primer has completely dried off. A good place to start is the doors since one side has to dry first before you do the other side. Apply no less than two coats of paints. Allow the first coating to dry completely, and then sand this painted surface lightly before applying the second coat. Don’t forget to stir the paint thoroughly and use a paint try when you do a painting job such as this.
5) Once the paint has been applied and dried off completely on all cabinet surfaces, reattach the shelves, doors, and drawers back. Keep in mind to reattach them to their original positions.
You don’t have to stick to one color to repaint your cabinets. There are no rules against mixing up your favorite colors in cabinet painting. Use your creativity in selecting a color or color combination that will make your cabinets look much better. While DIY cabinet painting is an option, you can also get a professional to do it, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination.