One of the easiest and cost-effective ways of updating your kitchen’s overall look is by applying a fresh coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets. However, you should still check whether you can do the task on your own. If the work to be done is too big or complicated for you, you might want to consider hiring professionals to do it for you. If you believe that you can accomplish this task on your own, here are some tips to help you out:
Check What Paint to Use
Even before you start painting your cabinets, check first what kind of paint you can use. If the cabinets previously had latex paint, it is best to stick with that paint. Oil-based paint is not advisable to use because it doesn’t adhere well over latex.
Always remember that painting is a messy task. Make sure that you don’t spill paint over your countertops by protecting them. Cover them with newspapers. Or, if you can find a rosin paper or brown builder’s paper, the better. Make sure to include the backsplash and the floor.
Remove Doors and Hardware
It is pretty tempting to paint over the kitchen cabinet as they are. But, if you are aiming to get every nook and cranny covered, make sure to remove the doors and hardware from the main kitchen cabinet carcass. If you cannot remove the hardware, make sure to cover them with painter’s tape.
Label Doors Accordingly
Once you’ve removed the kitchen cabinet doors, don’t forget to label them. You can sketch a mock-up of the cabinet. Place the numbers on the hinge and cover it with a painter’s tape or masking tape so that you won’t paint them over.
If the kitchen cabinets that you are working on is greasy to touch, make sure to remove the grease. Remember, oil would make it harder for latex paint to adhere to the cabinets. Part of painting the kitchen cabinet is to make sure that it is clean and well-prepped before paint application. You can use a grease-cutting solution. If it is not available, a dishwashing liquid may do. Scrub it clean and wipe it dry.
Sand Cabinets Well
Don’t forget to sand your cabinets before applying paint. Sanding allows your paint to adhere well to your kitchen cabinets. If your old cabinets had a factory finish, lightly sand using a 120-grit sanding sponge. If the cabinet has a rougher surface because of a poor varnishing job, you may use 100-grit sandpaper first before sanding it again with a 120-grit to remove any sanding marks.
Make sure that you choose the best colors that represent your personality through your kitchen. You can also check out the latest trends in kitchen cabinet designs to help you decide what overall look you want to achieve. If you believe that you need a total kitchen makeover, make sure that you work with experts in the field to help you out, so you don’t waste your time and money over a kitchen cabinet project.