Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to revamp your kitchen without a costly remodel. Instead of removing your old kitchen cabinets, buying new ones, and replacing them, you could easily paint them to add a few years to your existing cabinets. It is also a great way to brighten up your kitchen and make it look great! Most of you may spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Often the kitchen is one of the most utilized rooms in any home. It is where you and your family gather to prepare meals and talk about your day. It’s the main scene of the action for all your holiday baking and meals. Needless to say, your kitchen cabinets can become dingy and worn over time. However, a quick paint job and a little bit of effort will leave you with beautiful kitchen cabinets that look brand new. Use these steps to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets the right way, before getting started:
Choose Your Color
When choosing your new color, try to pick something that won’t show every little speck of dirt. White may be bright and fresh-looking but can be hard to keep clean. Try to go with something right in between and make sure it matches your existing backsplash and appliances. When buying your paint make sure you buy extra. It’s best to have more than you need than not enough. And, it will save you a trip if you run out and need more. You will also be able to save the leftover for any quick-fix emergencies that you need to paint over. Or, you can use it on some of your other kitchen accessories to match your new kitchen cabinets.
Prep Your Kitchen Cabinets
Once you have picked your color and are ready to get started, you will need to prep your kitchen cabinets. Unscrew the hinges, knobs and all other hardware from your cabinets and drawers. After you have removed your doors and drawers, you need to clean and sand them. Clean off all dust and grime prior to painting so that your cabinets come out perfectly. You should also use this time to sand out any uneven areas and patch any holes with a wood filler. Using wood filler is ideal for those of you who want to drill new holes for new handles and knobs. Sanding your drawers and cabinets will provide that smooth, professional finish. You should also tape off any areas that you don’t want to be painted in your kitchen. You can do this with painter’s tape and plastic sheeting. You should also use a drop cloth for your floors and kitchen appliances.
Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
Now that you have everything prepped and ready to go, you can begin painting your cabinets and drawers. Make sure you have an adequate workspace with good ventilation. You can prop your cabinets up with a drop cloth behind and under them or use buckets and two by fours to create a makeshift table. While those are drying you can now paint your kitchen area. While painting it is best to use a good-quality angled paint brush for those hard to reach places and a small roller for the larger areas. You can also use a paint sprayer, but that requires a little extra work and equipment.
Allow Your Kitchen Cabinets to Dry Properly
You may be anxious to see the finished product but don’t rush it! You need to allow your cabinets to dry for at least 24 hours. You won’t want to touch them to see if they are dry and add fingerprint smudges to your freshly painted cabinets. Allow more time if you are applying a second coat or gloss finish.
Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets
Once your fresh paint has dried, it’s time to reattach your cabinets. Make sure you clean your existing hardware and knobs, including the hinges before reattaching to your freshly painted cabinets. Since you saved money on painting your own kitchen cabinets, you can splurge a little and buy some new handles and knobs for your kitchen drawers and cabinets. After you reassemble your cabinets, remove your drop cloths and wipe down your countertops and appliances. Now you have a kitchen that looks brand new, and you won’t have to replace your kitchen cabinets anytime soon!