8 Tips on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most expensive items in your kitchen to replace. If your cabinets are in decent shape, and you still like the cabinet style and layout, you can simply paint them to update your kitchen. Painting your cabinets is not for the faint of heart though, it will take a lot of work. If you aren't into painting, you can skip this entirely, and contact a remodeling contractor like Artistic Kitchens Ltd to have your cabinets replaced instead. See below for tips on how to properly paint your kitchen cabinets.

1. Remove Doors

Remove all of your cabinet doors, from the wall and base cabinets. Taking the doors off and painting them on a flat surface will help to prevent drip marks.

2. Organize Hardware

Take off all hardware and hinges, and place them into separate plastic bags. Mark on each bag which hardware goes to which cabinet. This way they will match up properly when replacing the doors. You can purchase all new hinges and knobs if you choose to, but reusing will save you some money.

3. Clean Every Surface

Purchase a degreaser to clean every surface of your cabinets. Clean the doors, both inside and out, plus the sides of the doors. Clean the wall cabinets and bases as well. Cleaning properly will help the paint to adhere better. 

You can also use light sandpaper to sand the surfaces as well. This will give them a little grit and also help the paint to adhere. Be sure to clean off any dust prior to painting.

4. Paint With Primer First

Primer is key when painting over your cabinets. Use an oil-based primer that says it covers stains. You can find primer at most hardware stores. Paint the primer on and then allow it to dry. Sand the primer and then apply a second coat. Sand the primer again after the second coat has dried.

Your cabinets will not look like they are entirely covered with paint, which is fine. The primer is only to help your paint adhere better, gives more durability to your cabinets and gives your cabinets added protection for the long run.

5. Use Tape

Tape your counter tops with painters tape, as well as your walls, before you begin painting. You don't want to have to touch up your walls or anything else later. Use drop cloths, or brown paper, to prevent paint splatters on any other surface of your kitchen. 

6. Begin Painting

You can use latex paint or oil based paint, whichever you prefer. Latex paint is easier to work with and can be cleaned from your brushes easier.

Start with your cabinet doors first. Use a 1 centimetre angled brush to get into the grooves and beveled edges (if you have them) of your cabinet doors. Don't put the paint on too thick, or you will end up with drip marks.

You can use a 10-centimetre foam cabinet roller to roll paint onto the rest of your cabinet. Roll over the brushed paint, to remove any brush marks and make the paint even.

Elevate your doors with books to get to the edges and sides of your doors better.

Paint your cabinet bases, wall cabinets and drawers the same way you paint the doors. 

7. Sand (again)

Yes, you'll need to sand again after that first coat of paint. This will ensure a smooth finish of your surfaces. Paint a second coat of paint after you've cleaned the dust off of your cabinets.

8. Take Your Time

Take your time when painting your cabinets. It will take several days to get through all of the steps of sanding and painting. 

Replace your hardware and hinges when you're finished, and replace your cabinet doors. The outcome of your cabinets will be well worth the effort in the end. Enjoy your new cabinets.