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Painting Kitchen Cabinets

We'll Guide You Through the Process of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

A fresh coat of paint to your kitchen cabinets can do wonders to the entire decor of your kitchen. Painting cabinets is an easy job which you can do yourself.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017
Kitchen cabinets are a piece of furniture that have to endure a lot of extreme temperature conditions. Sometimes, they have to bear extreme dryness, when you set your oven at high temperature, whereas, the next moment they are left alone to fight moisture and humidity resulting out of steam from boiling vegetables. Rough handling and an exposure to variety of stains are other damages that we inflict upon our cabinets. Needless to say, your kitchen cabinets must be extremely sturdy to withstand all forms of abuse. Although your kitchen cabinet material may be strong enough and shows no signs of withering even after years of usage, the surface of the cabinets is most likely to fade and become unattractive. Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way of pepping up the appearance of your worn out kitchen cabinets. Oftentimes, you may give a fresh coat of paint to your cabinets just to change the look of your kitchen.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Preparing Your Kitchen
The first step is to prepare your kitchen for a long painting job that is to follow. Remove the doors of the cabinets and lay them flat somewhere outside the kitchen. Also, remove the hardware such as cabinet door knobs and handles. Get rid of your kitchen appliances and other things from the site of painting job. Cover the flooring with newspapers or a cloth to protect the underneath flooring from paint spillage.

Cleaning the Surface
The next step is to clean the surface of the cabinets, so that it is free of any food residue, stains of butter, oil or grime. An all purpose cleaner can efficiently get rid of all types of stains and residues. If you have particularly dirty cabinets with a heavy build up of grime, then Krude Kutter is the product you should look for. Once, you clean the cabinets with a cleaner, use warm soap solution and a piece of rag to thoroughly clean the cabinets.

Sanding the Surface
Sanding the surface is an essential step as it allows the paint to hold better. Lightly sand the surface of the cabinets with a fine grit sandpaper. Do not forget to sand the thin facings on the cabinets. A sanded surface holds the primer and paint better than the surface that is flat and smooth. Sanding the surface makes it rough, so that paint can easily hold on to it. Moreover, it increases the longevity of the paint.

Applying the Primer
This is another important step while painting kitchen cabinets. You can skip this step only if you are repainting the kitchen cabinets. Since, you will only be applying paint coat over the existing paint, it is not necessary to apply primer. Choice of primer would primarily depend upon the type of paint. Interior oil based primer is suitable for all types of oil based paints whereas, a shellac based primer is best suited for latex paints. Applying primer is particularly important if you are painting wooded cabinets, that are stained. The coat of varnish often resists the paint causing the paint to bleed right through it.

Applying the Paint
Allow the primer to dry completely before you attempt to paint the cabinets. Spray painting with a spraying gun is the best option to get a glossy and professional finish. However, if you have trouble using the tool, you can get as good a finish with the help of a 2½ " to 3" paint brush. The key to acquire a professional finish lies in giving thin coats. You may apply multiple thin coats until you get a desired shade of color. If you are looking for a unique look for your kitchen cabinets you may stencil a design on the front of the cabinets.

The job of painting kitchen cabinets does not end with applying paint to the surface. You ought to care for them by giving occasional touch ups of paint wherever necessary. You will have to especially care for areas that suffer maximum handling.