If you want to change the appearance of your kitchen without devoting lots of time and money to a significant renovation project, how about repainting your kitchen cabinets? The actual process of repainting the cabinets is not very difficult, and when you use quality products, the finished work will be quite impressive.
Different Materials, Different Methods
One of the first things you want to do when you're going to repaint your kitchen cabinets is to determine precisely what type of material the cabinet surface is made of.
Flat wood surfaces are very easy to repaint, as are metal and wood laminate surfaces. If your cabinets feature plastic laminate surfaces, however, the process can become more complicated, and the work should be done professionally.
When you're choosing a new color for your kitchen cabinets, it's usually best to select a color that works well with existing furniture and appliances. You will also have to decide if you want to use an alkyd-oil based paint or an acrylic-latex base paint.
Remove and Organize Cabinet Hardware
All of the door hinges, handles, clips, magnets and other pieces of hardware related to the cabinets must be removed before the painting prep can begin. When the equipment is removed, keep the parts from each cabinet labeled and separated. Labeling is a way to avoid confusion.
Clean and Sand
Cleaning the entire surface area of the cabinets is an essential part of the re-painting process. Whether you utilize a mild soap or a stronger cleaner, when you use quality products you will achieve better results.
Every bit of the areas that are to be painted must be sanded before any paint is applied. Although you can sand the cabinets by hand, it's a lot easier to rent and use a handheld electric sander.
Prime and Paint
Before you apply the paint to your cabinets, you really should use a coat of primer, preferably an oil-based primer. When it's time to paint, make sure there are plenty of drop cloths covering the whole work area, and have fun. As for applying paint to the cabinets, you have your choice of utilizing brushes, rollers or spray.
It's impressive to see how much of a positive impact the re-painting of your kitchen cabinets can have on the overall appearance of the room. No matter if you do the work yourself, or have it done professionally, your painted cabinets will bring your kitchen to life.