Are you ready to give your kitchen a new look? Why not paint the cabinets? Paint works wonders on anything, kitchen cabinets being no exception. This is an inexpensive way to do it without the mess of a complete renovation. The proper prep work and paint brush can give you a mirror-like finish.
Preparing & Sanding Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets for Painting or Staining
Doing the proper prep work can be the biggest part of the job and will provide a quality result as well as a durable finish too. Rushing these steps will result in less than perfect results.
1. The doors need to be removed as well as the drawers from the cabinet boxes. The hinges and hardware need to be removed and the doors labelled to help you remember where they go afterwards.
2. All surfaces to be painted need to be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water. If there’s a lot of grease or residue buildup, then you might need a degreaser. Having a clean surface will give you a smooth, durable finish,
3. Take 100-grit sandpaper and use it on the doors, drawers and any cabinet faces to make the surface rough for the primer. This will allow the paint to stick.
4. The primer needs to be applied in the same direction as the wood grain. If your goal is to eliminate the wood grain appearance, you may need to apply two coats of primer to help fill in the grain.
5. After the primer has dried, you need to sand again before painting.
6. Once you’re finished the second sanding you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the dust, followed by a tack cloth.
Now that the prep work is completed, the most time-consuming part is done! Just paint and reinstall.
How to Paint Cabinet Doors Without Leaving Brush Marks or Strokes
The best paint to use is one formulated for painting cabinets. They are most times 100% acrylic and designed to provide a smooth, durable look. Don’t skimp on the brushes you select. Buy a good quality one with an angle that will get into all the insets along with a foam roller after the brush to give you a good result. Apply the paint the same way you applied the primer; in the direction of the wood grain and leave all the cabinet doors and drawers flat when drying to avoid drips between coats. Spray paint is another option for painting cabinets but you’ll need to have an outside area to work to avoid overspray. The same steps are to be followed, you’ll just use a spray paint instead of brushes and rollers. Follow the directions for the paint you choose as to drying time. They should be completely dry before you reinstall them. If you put everything back together before the paint has cured, you run the risk of smudges and scrapes that can be annoying after all the time you spent on prep work.
Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinet Painting & Staining in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Yonkers, Tarrytown, Bronxville & White Plains New York
If you want to save a lot of money and give you kitchen a new look, then painting the cabinets is a great option. This can be a tiring process if you’re not up for the challenge and New York Painting Services is here to help. We can answer any questions you might have or provide you with professionals to do the job. Give us a call today!