If a full kitchen remodel is unaffordable, a lick of paint is the easiest way to alter the appearance and vibe of your kitchen cupboards. Some people are daunted by the prospect of painting kitchen cabinets. However, there’s no need to be worried. This task is quicker to complete than you might think. Compared to the other painting tasks I have carried out in my home, painting (then subsequently repainting a decade later) my kitchen cabinets is the most straightforward DIY project I’ve ever performed.
I changed the paint color of my cabinets to white/white from antique white. After a decade, the original color still looked great. The sole reason I changed this was that I thought pure white would liven the room up.
The Individual Steps
To ensure that your kitchen cabinet repainting goes smoothly, some staging and planning are needed.
Use drop cloths or cardboard to protect your kitchen floor. Please note, I did not have to keep my floor protected, because after the project I was getting it refinished and sanded.
Set up a space to store all your painting tools. ‘Grand Central’ was the name I gave to my area. Once each day was over, I put all my tools back into Grand Central. This kept me organized and prepared to start work the following day.
Use detergent or TSP to clean the surfaces of the cabinet, to get rid of grease and dirt. Then, allow this to dry. Suffice to say; you should take a safety conscious approach! Read the TDS (Technical Data Sheet), SDS (Safety Data Sheet) or product label for safety and in-depth application guidance.
Use a sanding block to rub the surfaces. This should have 100 grit sandpaper. There’s no need to do bare wood sanding, rough the surface up a bit. Doing this facilitates adhesion.
Use a tack cloth (sticky cloth) to clean the sanding grit off.
Aim to sectionize your cabinet repainting. Firstly, I completed the island, followed by the kitchen’s left side, followed by the open area, then the kitchen’s right side. Organizing it like this keeps you on course, and still allows you to prepare food and use the kitchen during the painting project.
I assembled a couple of saw horses, then positioned a couple of longboards between them, to put some cabinet doors on for painting. This created a production line, which streamlined the repainting process and made it quicker to change the hardware.
I lined the draws up for painting using my kitchen island.
I acquired some self-leveling, latex, semi-gloss interior paint. I required two gallons.
A primer is unnecessary because the cabinets have been painted already.
Obtain a good quality, one to two inch angled brush for painting beveled areas. A rounded foam painting roller can be used for painting the smooth, flat drawer and cabinet areas.
Put a couple of paint coats on, allowing the initial coat to dry totally, before putting the next coat on.
Should you notice any drops or ridges in the initial coat, smooth these over using the sanding block once it dries. Clean the grit off with a sticky cloth, before putting the second paint coat on.
With glass door painting, you can use painters tape to mask the glass off. However, I find that it is quicker to paint, then remove the paint left on the glass using a razor scraper.
Wait twenty-four hours or so, before refitting the pulls, and take care of your newly repainted kitchen cabinets, because paint takes several days to set to optimum hardness.
Your efforts will be repaid with an attractive kitchen, which was achieved using a few paint cans.
To inject extra color into the rear of the open cabinets, cut some boards to the same size as the cabinet backs. Then, you can paint these in various colors. This way, you will be able to switch these over in different seasons, or whenever you desire a color change.
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