Painting your kitchen cabinets is an easy way to update the look of this important room in your home. Completely replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive undertaking, but simply painting the old ones can save you a great deal of money, while still adding to the appeal of your home.
There are two main ways you can go about painting your kitchen cabinets. Many people prefer to pay a professional painter to spray the cabinet exteriors. This is a great way to ensure a flawless finish without having to invest a lot of your own time in the process. The second method is much more cost effective, but you will have to do the painting with a roller. While this may be cheaper, painting your kitchen cabinets with a roller is time intensive.
If you decide to paint your kitchen cabinets the first thing you will need to do is prep the room. In order to do this you need to remove everything from your cabinets. You will also need to cover things like windows, countertops, and appliances with plastic sheeting in order to protect them. With the help of a screwdriver make sure to remove all of your cabinet drawers and doors.
Take the time to inspect all of the drawers, doors, and exterior surfaces of your cabinets for imperfections. Fill any dings, dents, extra hardware holes, and cracks with wood putty and a putty knife. Make sure to sand the putty smooth once it has fully dried. It will be important to use the sandpaper to buff up all of the surfaces you are about to paint. This will ensure that the primer and paint will adhere to the surfaces more effectively.
Lay your drawers and doors on a flat surface and carefully prime the backside of all of them. Prime the front side once the primer has had plenty of time to dry. You will also want to prime the exterior surfaces of your cabinets.
With medium grit sandpaper go over the primer and remove any uneven surfaces and brush strokes until the wood is smooth. Apply a second set of primer, allow it to dry, and then repeat the sanding process a second time.
Apply a thin layer of paint to the exterior of your cabinets. You want to avoid using too much paint as this can cause drips and streaking to occur. Just like with the primer, start with the backside of your drawers and doors before completing the front. After all surfaces have had plenty of time to dry you can apply a second coat of paint.
Once all of your paint has dried reattach any cabinetry hardware that you removed and hang the doors and drawers to complete the project.
Tip: Painting your kitchen cabinets is especially beneficially if your cabinets are solid wood. This type of cabinetry is far more value and is generally worth saving rather than replacing it with an inferior product.