Are you looking for how to paint kitchen cabinets? Or are you trying to decide whether or not you should do it yourself? It’s not as hard as you may think it is. All it takes is a little effort on your part and maybe a few new handles.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are usually fitted with doors. That means that in addition to the cabinets themselves, you have cabinets on either side of the doors that also house your pots, pans, cutlery, and other kitchen wares.
What’s the best way to paint kitchen doors?
If you have drawers on the doors themselves, then you’re in luck. Take off the handles if they are attached. You’ll have a clean surface for your next coat of paint.
Replace the doors
If you don’t have drawers attached, or if you’re planning to replace the doors, you still have an option. You can use the existing finish as a base coat and add a second coat over the top.
This way, you get a great-looking result without having to shell out extra money. However, if you want to save, or you’d like to do things yourself, you could skip the second coat entirely.
Also, the same way you would do any other surface.
There are two basic ways to do it, but I prefer it because I see most people do it. The first way is to buy a quality product from a well-known company such as Behr or KitchenAid. Then you would follow the directions on the package.
Painting with the new color
This process involves stripping the old hardware off the cabinets and then painting it with the new color. In my experience, the best way to paint with a brush is to place a drop cloth over the surface to prevent any smudges.
This ensures that you paint the hardware in the same fashion as the rest of the cabinet doors. If you’re using hardware from different brands, you should carefully remove the screws and pieces from the fasteners and place them in a plastic bag to keep them away from your newly painted surfaces.
Make a solution with one part water and two parts wood stain.
Using a spray bottle, apply the stain to the surface of the cabinets, wiping it with a rag as you go. When dry, you will repeat the step in the above process to paint the rest of the hardware.
The project involves priming.
If you don’t already have some, start by getting some liquid primer. Test a small area before doing the entire thing in one large area. You don’t want any primer residue on the surface of your finished cupboards.
Fill the priming bottle up to the entire container (make sure there is no more than an inch or so of air in the bottle) and shake until you get a good amount of paint on the surface of the cupboard.
Prime the cabinet doors.
You can either paint the doors a neutral color or prime the doors right before painting them. For example, if you have pine cabinets, you would prime them using oil-based paint (like Behr) and then use Behr’s paint for the rest of the cabinets.
Make sure you let all the hardware dry completely before removing the door from the cupboard doors.