4 Tips for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

painting kitchen cabinets

Bored of your kitchen? One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to give your kitchen a new look is
by painting old kitchen cabinets. You can easily do the job yourself, with the right equipment, enough time and a steady hand. However if DIY is your nightmare, you could always contact a local painter to do the job for you. But if you fancy the challenge of painting kitchen cabinets then follow our handy guide.

1. What is the best paint for kitchen cabinets?

It doesn’t matter what sort of material your kitchen cabinets are made of, you will need to make sure you choose the right paint for kitchen cabinets. This is important for a good finish as well as the longevity of your painted kitchen cabinets.

One of the most common sorts of kitchen cabinet material is Melamine; it is also the main victim of wrong pain usage! Whilst it may look like the smooth surface can be painted with any old oil-based enamel, it can’t. So if you are painting laminate kitchen cabinets or melamine cabinets you will need to use urethane reinforced oil based paint.

Painting oak kitchen cabinets, however, is much easier. You should sand it down to the original wood for the best effect. Newer timber kitchen cabinets will have a clear polyurethane finish, if you don’t want to sand it off (which can be tiring and time consuming) you will need to find a polyurethane paint formulation. If you have an older wooden cabinet, you may see it has a lacquer finish. The best paint option for these is a latex paint.

2. Kitchen cabinet surface preparation

Before you paint any sort of kitchen cabinets you will need to prepare the surface. First of all you will need to clean it with a non-oily cleaner. For best results use TriSodium Phosphate and wash the kitchen cabinets thoroughly. After that you will need to sandpaper the surface to ensure it has sufficient grip, don’t go overboard with the sanding though. Make sure the kitchen cabinets are fully dry before attempting to paint.

3. Painting a kitchen cabinet

If you want to use a brush make sure you invest in a good quality one as it will affect the overall finish of the job. Whilst brush strokes are unavoidable, you can improve things by only brushing in one direction. After painting your kitchen cabinet with a base coat, you should apply one to three thin coats of your chosen paint with sufficient drying time in-between each.  You may finish with a top coat to preserve the finish for as long as possible. For a more professional finish you can use a sprayer to spray paint kitchen cabinets. Use the sprayer to create a clean, sleek look.

4. Other painting styles

There are plenty of other painting styles and effects, you can use to create an updated kitchen cabinet and improve the overall look of your kitchen. You could try an antique finish for a rustic kitchen. You can achieve this with specialist glazes or using sandpaper to give it a slightly battered look. Alternatively you could use stencils to create a unique and individual finish.

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