Painting Kitchen Cabinets Preparation

Are your kitchen cabinets outdated? Are you looking for a newer and fresher look for your kitchen?
Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, painting them can be an easier and more cost-effective solution to your problem. Painting kitchen cabinets can be a tedious task, but with the right professionals to do the job, things will be a lot less stressful.

The Best Tools for Kitchen Painting

Orbital Sander: Sanding is a preparation you would not want to skip when painting kitchen cabinets, so an orbital sander is a must.

3M Hand Masker: This is useful in covering door opening when painting kitchen cabinets to avoid over-spray to blowing inside. You would also need this in covering your appliances and countertops.

Rotating Spray Rack and Drying Rack: This is a must when painting kitchen cabinet doors. It allows doors to stand in one place and spin the door to cover the whole area while spray painting. This allows you to paint both sides of the door at the same time and dry them at the drying rack.

Airless Sprayer: Brushing and rolling can take a longer time. The airless sprayer will save you a couple of days of work.

Dust Barriers: You will need these dust barriers for dust and overspray protection.

The Right Paint for Your Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Choosing the right paint for your kitchen cabinets depends on the material your cabinet is made of. Whatever color you choose for your kitchen, make sure to get the best quality of paint for lasting effect.

Oil-Based Paints: When it comes to buying paints, oil-based paint might be your first option because of its resilient finish. These paints are easy-to-clean. You scrub grease stains away without worrying about wearing and tearing the paint. However, oil-based paints take a long time to dry up – usually takes 16 hours per coat. You might end up waiting for the day for these to dry up when there is no good air circulation at home.Latex Paints: Compared to oil-based paints, latex paints are quicker to dry and have low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) formulas. Latex paints also adhere to surfaces that are previously covered with latex or oil-based paints. On the other hand, latex paints are not too durable for scrubbing, and it requires more preparation for an even and shiny finish.

Prepping Your Kitchen Cabinets

You have to keep in mind that painting your kitchen cabinets might take days to finish. With this in mind, it is best to keep in mind to wear proper gear and provide enough ventilation. When painting, it Is best to dismantle the kitchen doors and drawers for best results. You need to store these in well-ventilated areas like your porch or garage.

Step by Step Preparation:

1. Assess: If the old paint is wearing off, the old paint needs to be removed. There are stripping products that will make the work easy. Apply the stripping liquid to the cabinet’s old paint and use a scraper to peel it off. Sand the surface if there are leftover paints.

2. Empty and Remove: We need to empty the drawers and the cabinet cupboard before you start painting. It is also best to remove the cabinet doors and drawers. Once remove, label the doors and drawers, so it will be easier to put them back to their right spot.

3. Remove and Repair: After removing the doors and drawers, we need to clean all the surfaces to remove the grease stains and dirt. Check for dents and repair any damages in your cabinet with wood filler.

4. Prepare and Sand: Begin covering the countertops and appliances dust barriers to protect them from over-spray and dust from the painting and sanding. Sand the surface in a medium grit to help the paint to sit well with the cabinet.

5. Clean: Vacuum the whole area to make everything dust-free before you start painting.

Priming Your Kitchen Cabinets

Applying primer to your kitchen cabinets is crucial for the paint to stick and cover the imperfections.

Step by Step Prime Application:

1. Start with the inside of the cabinet frame before painting the exterior body. Start from the back part of the cabinet, the one leaning of the wall going to its front part. Use a brush to cover the edges and the details of the cabinet. Ensure to paint at an even stroke and direction.

2. Next is to paint the large areas using a mini roller. The primer doesn’t have to look perfect. It only needs to provide a good base for the finish paint.

3. Use your dry roller or brush to lay off any excess paint build-up on the surface.

4. Paint the cabinet doors and kitchen drawers. Start painting with the backside and apply even coats. Make sure the paint doesn’t pool on the details or the corners. Use Rotating rack and drying rack for best results and convenient painting.

Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

After your primer dried up, you can start painting the kitchen frames using an airless sprayer, roller, or paintbrush with the color you had chosen.

Step by Step Paint Application:

1. Start painting with the cabinet frames evenly in the same direction. Make sure to cover the corners and details of the cabinet frame. Remember to lay off the excess paint build-up after the surface has been painted.

2. Paint the cabinet doors and drawers’ front and back pieces. Do not rush, and let the paint sit completely.

3. Apply a second coat of paint. This is your finishing coat.

Refinishing and Reassembling Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you will be using the old hardware for your cabinets and drawers, you can wash and repaint. You can also choose to replace them.

Step by Step Hardware Refinishing:

1. Wash the hardware with warm water and dish soap.

2. Scuff the hardware using fine steel wool.

3. Attach the handles and knobs to the cabinets and drawers.

4. Spray the hardware with light primer and let it dry. Then follow it up with a coat of paint.

Step by Step Cabinet Reassembling:

1. Reassemble the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. Make sure to refer to the label you had to put them on their right spot.

2. Install additional cabinet lighting and accessories to ornate your kitchen. You can install a new backsplash.

If you need professional and skilled contractors in Halifax or nearby areas to work on your kitchen cabinets painting, you can contact CPM Professional Painting Services.

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