Few of the home improvement projects have the low or high cost impact ratio of painting. Think of a dramatic effect a fresh coat of colorful paint has on the front door of your home or on an old sideboard, or a nursery. And with the high cost of replacing or refacing dated, faded kitchen cabinets, painting them accurately is a great idea. So are you ready to give the most used room in your home a face lift? The following information will help you to plan up the project like a professional.
Preparation is considered as the key to all quality paint tasks. This has never been proved truer than when painting the kitchen cabinets. I know it’s tempting to skip the important steps and straight away get to the fun part of putting on the color on the kitchen cabinets for finishing the job as fast as possible. But, it is advisable to discipline yourself and you will be richly awarded with a best paint job that has a smooth professional touch with higher durability.
Trust me, it’s probably a good idea to read through all the important steps and instructions before you get started with the job. Get a feel of what steps have to be taken and plan out your space and days for finishing it. It is recommended for giving yourself at least an hour for clean-up each day. The stated steps offer better clarity of things you will require while painting your kitchen cabinets.
Painting the kitchen cabinets process:
Clean the kitchen cabinets:
It is very important for making sure that the entire surfaces you are going to paint are completely free from any grime, food residue, grease and whatever else might be stuck to them. You might find that the entire process of painting the kitchen cabinets is much easier if all the cabinet doors are removed. Once you have taken the doors all down, find a proper place of laying them perfectly without letting them damaged. Make the use of a rag and an all-purpose cleaner and then allow them to dry up thoroughly.
Sand the kitchen cabinets:
One the cabinets are cry, use a piece of fine grit sandpaper- 150 or finer than that. Make few passes over the entire flat surfaces of the cabinet doors. Don’t forget to do the thin facing piece on the kitchen cabinets boxes themselves. The slightly sanded surface will allow the primer to hold and bite onto the kitchen cabinet surface. It might be a tedious task, but taking the time to lightly sand the kitchen cabinets before priming or painting them will greatly increase the durability of your paint task. It is advisable of not to underestimate the importance of this step.
Apply the primer:
After sanding the entire kitchen cabinets properly, it’s the exact time to prime the cabinets. Primer is useful in applying because it forms a better bond with the surface than paint alone does. This means that the paint is less like to peel or chip if it gets bumped with the pots, dishes and the pans. If the kitchen cabinets are already painted and you’re planning of repeating the same colors again then it is OK to skip this step. You should go ahead and start applying the paint. But if your kitchen cabinets are stained and you want to get rid of the stains by covering up the natural wood grain with paint, it’s recommended of priming it first.
The paint will not stick to the varnished surface and the paint of the stain is most likely to bleed right through the color your applied. There are many different types of primers available in the market. You can use any for applying on the surface. But the primer which you are selecting is largely based on what kind of paint you are using for painting your kitchen cabinets. If you’re planning of using an oil-based paint, an interior oil-based primer is advantageous for applying.
Basically, primers have a strong odor and are specially used when you can properly ventilate the room. The best way would be to take the doors that you removed and paint them there with the overhead door open. If you’re planning of using a latex paint for the top coat, it is advisable of using a shellac-based primer. This type of product are tend to dry very quickly, so make sure that you are totally ready before applying it.
Paint the kitchen cabinets:
After and sanding and priming, the kitchen cabinets doors probably look awful! Well, there is nothing to worry about because you’ve built a great foundation for the top coats of paint that will help you in bringing your kitchen bouncing back to the life. There are many ways of applying paint. But using a pneumatic sprayer is best advisable. It helps in getting a glossy and smooth finish. If you don’t have this, don’t worry. You can still get the best finish by using a high quality of paint brush
The key for achieving a professional finish by using a brush is to apply very thin coats. It might be tempting, after completing all the work, for trying to coat the paint as on thick as possible just complete the process. But it is not a good idea. One of the best and most durable paint tasks are build up by consecutively applying thin coats of paint and not just one thick paint coat.
Add additional paint coats:
Start by lightly applying the first coat and let it dry completely. It will help you in experiencing a perfect professional finish. Basically, you are not trying to remove the paint applied but instead are ensuring that the next coat has the smoothest surface to adhere the paint absolutely. Start adding the second coat. In most of the cases you can also increase the layers of coat according to your requirement. Once the kitchen cabinets are painted well, enjoy the clean, bright and renewed space that you’ve worked so hard for achieving the perfect finish.