Kitchen Cabinets Tips on Painting and
By: Peter J Wilson
Painting kitchen cabinets is much less
expensive than either replacing or refacing cabinetry.
Replacing cabinets is one of the most costly home improvement
projects. If the cabinets are in good condition, but the finish
is old looking painting can be a good option. Rather than
spending thousands on new cabinets, you can update the look of
your kitchen for a few hundred.
Choosing Paint for Kitchen
It?s important to choose paint that is
suitable for your cabinets. The
paint store can help you find the right products. In
general, 100% acrylic latex paint works well for most
cabinet surfaces. This paint will stick well and is
durable. Acrylic latex paint is also washable, which is
important for easy cleaning.
Spray equipment is the best choice for
applying paint. It will give a smoother finish than brushing.
Spray equipment can be rented through large hardware stores,
home improvement centers and some paint stores. Keep in mind
that more prep work is needed in terms of taping and protecting
surfaces you don?t want the paint to touch. A good brush is
another option for painting cabinets. Use a high quality brush
for best results. Ask for help in selecting brushes at the
paint store. Some paints work well with natural bristles, while
others need synthetic. Rollers are not the best choice for
cabinetry. These leave roller marks or stippled marks on the
Preparing for Painting
Preparing the cabinets is an important first
step. You will need to remove all the doors and hardware. Mark
the doors on the bottom to make your life easier when it?s time
to put them back. For best results, strip the cabinets to bare
wood and sand well. This will help the paint stick. Clean with
mineral spirits to remove residue.
Once all pieces are stripped, sanded and
cleaned you should repair any damage to the cabinets or doors.
Use putty on any nicks. Let the putty dry thoroughly and sand
before painting. An acrylic based primer should be used before
applying the paint. This will help prepare the surface to
accept the paint.
Using two coats of paint is usually
sufficient. Allow the first coat to dry completely before
applying the next coat. Paint the cabinets and then the doors.
Sawhorses work well for painting the doors. This is helpful for
getting all edges evenly covered without
Hardware for Cabinets
An easy way to update the look is to replace
the hardware. You can often reuse the same hinges and handles,
but if you want to update the look consider spending the money
for new hardware. New hinges ensure smoother operation. New
handles on the cabinets and drawers can make a big difference
in the overall look of the cabinets.
When purchasing new hinges and door handles,
be sure they are compatible with the existing holes in your
cabinets. Take the old hinges and door handles to the store
with you. This will help you make sure the holes and spacing is
the same on the new ones. It can save you a lot of hassle