5 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Here are some things you need to know about painting kitchen cabinets.

Wood Is Best

When it comes to painting cabinets, any type of wood will do, as long S it is wood. Painted, stained or unfinished wood all work well, but al does MDF and compressed/faux wood as well. However, painting is very forgiving. In fact, any material that can be scuffed up with sandpaper, so that paint sticks. This is why laminates are not the right choice. Laminates can be used to paint them, but it will not last long. It is important to remember that glossy finishes and stained wood need to be de-glossed first.

Label Each Cabinet Panel

Label Each Cabinet Panel

You will have to label each cabinet panel so that they do not get messed up. When removing cabinet doors off their hinges and drawers from their slots, you need to come up with a system so as to remember where everything goes. The easiest way is to draw a small diagram of the cabinet and label each piece accordingly so that they can easily be put back in the correct places once they are dry. Cover the hinges, hardware, and edges of doors with masking tape, and countertops with brown builder’s paper or rosin paper. As with any job, the better the preparation, the better you will be the result.

Deep Clean

Deep Clean

You should not keep food in the cabinets while painting the exteriors. However, there is no reason to fear, because this is also the perfect time to organize what you have. Take down everything, lay it out, and get rid of unused items. Take the time to clean the cabinets thoroughly, inside and out, with the help of a grease-cutting cleaner to get rid of any spills or residue that may have happened over the years. Keep the foodstuffs in separate rooms during the painting process if possible. After all the work is done and newly organized, the cabinets are finished and completely dry.

Possible To Come Back From Black

You might be thinking of painting a white or light-coloured cabinet in darker, trendy shades. However, if you do not want it to be the dark grey or deep blue that was on-trend a couple of years ago, there is no need to fear because you can, with a little bit of effort, return the cabinets to a lighter shade. The key to doing so is the primer. Tint the primer so as to match the final colour. If the colour you choose is drastically different, you can add a coat of underbody, like Fresh Start, which is a thicker, less transparent primer which hides more and can also be tinted.

Use The Hard Stuff

Hard Stuff

Do not use matte and eggshell finishes as much as possible and opt for satin, semi-gloss or gloss instead which are hardy finishes that are easy to clean. They are durable and wipeable, so will not need painting for at least a few years.