Kitchen / October 2, 2018 / Zainab Foote.
Kitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive objects in home remodeling. Just the cabinetry will cost more than replacing all the kitchen furniture in many cases. If you can afford the price tag, there are a wide variety of designs and styles available to upgrade your cabinets. You can add extras like a kitchen island, lazy susan, or built-in appliance centers.
If replacing the cabinetry is too expensive for your budget, refacing is a less costly option. Refacing involves replacing only the cabinet doors and exposed wood areas of the cabinets. The insides are left untouched to save money. Painting is the least costly alternative and can give your kitchen an entirely new look. The job can be quickly done over a long weekend with the right preparation.
You will need to decide if you will paint the whole cabinet, inside and out, or just the outside and the doors. To conserve time, consider leaving the inside of the office alone, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Preparing the Cabinets Begin by removing all hardware from the cabinets and remove the doors. Mark the doors, so you don’t forget which door goes on which cabinet. This will save you time and prevent frustration later. Protect the counter-tops and floor with drop cloths, old bed sheets or plastic sheeting. These can be taped in place, in particular on the floors. If you are replacing the flooring, paint the cabinets first.
Clean the cabinets thoroughly before painting. This is important. Grease and oils from cooking will prevent the paint from adhering properly. You could end up with an uneven color. A wood cleaner with orange oil works well for breaking down grease residue. Be sure to let the surface dry thoroughly before you begin to apply the primer.
Primer is an essential step in the process. It provides a smooth, even surface for the paint to adhere correctly. Use a roller for larger areas and a brush for small spaces. Be sure to coat all areas, including the underside of the cabinets. Consider using sawhorses for priming and painting the doors, for an easier time and a more even coverage.
Allow the primer to dry thoroughly before you begin to paint. Overnight is generally sufficient for the introduction to dry. Apply the paint in thin coats. It’s better to apply a few light coats than to use one thick layer. Allow twenty-four hours between coats for the paint to dry completely. Sand with a fine grit sandpaper between coats.
When the paint has dried completely, you are ready to put the doors back on and replace the hardware. Consider updating the device to match your new look. Door handles and hinges are inexpensive and can make a big difference in the look of the room. Choosing Paint for Kitchen Cabinets Don’t skimp on the paint. Use the high-quality color that is right for the surface being covered. This will be different for wood or metal cabinets. If you’re not sure, ask for help at the paint store.
In general, you will want to use enamel paint. You have a few choices in the finish. Gloss, semi-gloss or satin finishes are most commonly used. The higher the gloss, the stronger the finish and the easier it will be to clean. If you want less shine, consider the semi-gloss finish. Safety When Painting. Be sure to paint in a well-ventilated room. Do the job when the weather is warm enough and leave the windows open.