How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Painting
Painted cabinets can make a huge difference in the way your kitchen looks. DIY enthusiasts across the world love the idea of painting kitchen cabinets because it seems like an easy home improvement project. However, they soon find out that the process of painting kitchen cabinets is a lot more involving than they initially thought.
Painting kitchen cabinets can be tedious and time-consuming. Not only do you have to prep your cabinets, but there is also a lot of downtime involved. As such, expect not to use your kitchen for several days as you may not have a functional kitchen until the cabinets dry. Here is how to paint kitchen cabinets:
Prepare the kitchen
Painting your kitchen cabinets is going to be an extremely messy job. The last thing you want is to damage your kitchen equipment and your countertops with paint. To protect your backsplash, floor and anything else that you need to, you will have to prepare the kitchen by covering everything with inexpensive rosin or builder’s paper.
Additionally, as kitchens generally tend to be full of equipment, you will also have to make space by removing anything that could potentially harm you or restrict your movements during the process. You will also probably have to tape drop cloths around the drawers and cabinets to prevent paint from dripping to the floor.
Prep your cabinets
The key to ensuring that the paint job comes out as professional as it can lies in making sure that your surfaces are smooth. To prep your cabinets:
- Remove the cabinet doors as well as any hardware such as knobs and handles.
- If you have modern cabinets, you can remove the drawer fronts by backing out several screws. If your fronts cannot be removed, use masking tape to cover the sides and bottom instead if you do not want then touched by the paint.
- Mark each door or drawer and its corresponding spot so that you know exactly where to return it to its original position.
- If you are planning on re-using the hinges, tape the hinges and screws on the drawer to keep the corresponding pieces together.
- Sand the doors of the cabinet using your sandpaper to ensure that the surface is free of any rough spots. Sanding also ensures that your paint will adhere to the surface.
- Use a filler to fill holes and then sand down the areas using a 100 grit sandpaper to smoothen everything out. You will have to wait until the filler dries.
- Clean your drawers using TSP cleaner and allow the cabinets to dry before painting can commence.