For millions of homeowners, the idea of completely revamping and refreshing the kitchen is appealing to say the least. Especially in instances where the kitchen in its current form hasn’t changed for quite some time. Nevertheless, given the way in which new kitchens tend to be somewhat on the expensive side, it isn’t a realistic prospect for most. In fact, even the prospect of investing in new furniture for the kitchen can represent an expense that cannot be justified.
Nevertheless, there is one absolutely fantastic option for anyone looking to give their kitchen a complete overhaul, without having to break the bank in the process. It’s simply a case of working with what you already have, rather than going out and buying anything new. Well, that’s not entirely true, as you will of course need to invest in the required paints. But you can nonetheless take it from us that when it comes to completely refreshing the kitchen, you won’t believe how big of a difference it can make to simply add a new coat of paint to the kitchen cabinets.
Cabinet Painting Guide
Just to get one important thing out of the way first – certain types of kitchen cabinets do not make good candidates for painting. Quite to the contrary, if you have melamine or laminate cabinets in the kitchen, these aren’t going to be able to hold onto the paint well enough for it to stick in place. On the plus side, pretty much every other type of wooden kitchen cabinet is fair game.
For the most part, it really is as simple as working in accordance with the following steps, in order to transform your entire kitchen for a fraction of the price:
- Pick Up the Required Materials. First of all, you are going to need to invest in the required equipment and accessories to get the job done. This means as much protection as you are going to need to keep your kitchen safe, a good amount of 150 grit sandpaper, high quality paint brushes of various sizes and your chosen paint.
- Disassemble. Once you have all the equipment you require, the next step is to completely dismantle the cabinets and take them off the walls. Or at least, any of the parts you intend to paint, anyway. One of the biggest mistakes made by so many DIY when tackling kitchen cabinets is attempting to get the job done while the cabinets are still in place.
- Repairs and Patch-Ups. This is also the perfect time to take note of any areas where there is any damage – cracks, chips, splits, holes etc. – which you should ensure are repaired before going any further. It’s usually simply a case of taking hold of a little wood putty and putting it to work in the offending areas, before giving it sufficient time to dry.
- Clean, Sand, Clean. Give all of the areas you intend to paint a good clean, before going over the entire surface area with the sandpaper. Even if the surface appears to be relatively pristine as it is, it is important you use sandpaper to make the surface a little rougher. This will help ensure that the paint not only goes on easier, but stays in place much better. When you’ve finished with the sandpaper, give it all a clean once again.
- Get Painting. The next step is of course the most satisfying step of all – getting busy with the paint itself. The most important rule to follow in this instance being that of taking your time and focusing on one small area at a time, rather than attempting to rush the job. In addition, if it becomes immediately clear that the paint you have chosen will require at least two coats, don’t attempt to paint it on thickly to get the job done quicker.
- Drying Time. Speaking of which, it’s also important to give all of your cabinets as much drying time as they need, before even thinking about putting them back on the wall. The reason being that as the paint dries, you may notice certain areas that are inconsistent, imperfect or could do with a second coat.
- Put Everything Back. Last but not least, when you are totally satisfied with the result, you can feel free to get your cabinets back on the walls and reattach the hardware. However, if you are really looking to put a sublime finishing touch on everything, perhaps consider replacing the handles and knobs etc. with new ones. Once again, it is a very small touch that can make a big difference when revamping the kitchen! And if you have children and must think about how to lock your newly painted cabinets without sticking child safety straps on the new paint, consider getting innovative magnetic cabinet locks which can be hidden and do the trick!
For more information on kitchen cabinet painting services, get in touch with the Homm CPS team today.