to consider painting kitchen cabinets
start thinking about painting kitchen cabinets have a look on what you want to achieve and if the effort
will be worth it. Most of the time painting the cabinets
is seen as a rather cheap way of refacing the kitchen.
However keep in mind that it can be time consuming and
the outcome will not be a new kitchen, just the same
kitchen in a different outfit. So before you go on, have
a look on our article about kitchen
remodeling, where you find an interesting list
of things to rework at the same time you plan painting
The process of painting kitchen cabinets
you might have decided to go for it, let's have a look
on the work you need to do. First, disassemble
the hinges, handles and kitchen
cabinets knobs. This is the first and most important
step before you even start thinking about painting.
It is a good moment know to have a close look if anything
needs to be replaced. Especially drawer guides and
hinges tend to wear out over time. Take as many parts
apart as you can. If possible take the drawer fronts
off the drawers, so they will be much easier to sand
and paint afterwards.
Cover the surroundings of any kitchen cabinet as well
as floor and ceiling. Use paper painting tape and old
newspaper for this work. Make sure you cover the kitchen
sinks and the kitchen top areas as well. Every drop
of paint will later cost you time to be cleaned.
Now it is time to clean the kitchen cabinets and start
painting with good primer. You might want to sand the
surface of the kitchen beforehand, especially in areas
where the smooth finish has gone.
kitchen cabinets - how often do you paint
It really depends on the state of your cabinets and
the paint you are using. Contact your shop and read the
instructions on the paint you choose. Most of the time
they recommend applying the coat twice. In case the instructions
recommend any special primer, than you should really
consider using it, as this works type of paintings most
often best together.
In between the first and the second round of painting
you should sand the surface with sanding paper grid 150
to 180. This will give you a very fine finish.
final recommendations. Use a good brush or mini roller
for painting kitchen cabinets, whatever you like best.
You really should spend some money on good tools here
- it will back pay in a great result. Also make sure
that you might go for painting only the outside of
your kitchen cabinets. No need to paint inside most
of the time. So before painting
kitchen cabinets use your paper tape to cover
right the edges of the cabinets.