While hiring top interior designers is a wonderful option when upgrading your kitchen, not everyone has the bankroll for such a choice. Fortunately, when it comes to kitchen remodels, you can often get a top Santa Barbara interior design look without breaking the bank by painting your cabinets. True, it’s not going to update everything, but you will be surprised at how much this makeover rejuvenates your space. Therefore, everything you need to know about painting your kitchen cabinets can be found in the following eight steps.
1. Remove Doors, Drawers and Hardware
Before you begin, you will want to remove all the doors, drawers and hardware from your cabinets. While you might be able to paint with everything on, it is much easier to get into all the nooks and crannies with these pieces removed.
2. Clean Everything
Next, you will need to clean everything. You have to really get in there. Don’t just do a surface cleaning; you need to make sure that any grease or grime is removed to ensure a pristine surface in the end.
3. Repair Dings and Scratches
After everything is thoroughly cleaned, you will need to repair any dings or scratches using a wood filler. Also, if you plan on using new hardware that is a different size from the old, you will need to fill the holes for the old hardware.
4. Sand and Clean
Once the filler has had time to dry, you will need to sand down the entire surface of the cabinets. This sanding does two things: (1) it smoothes out the filled scratches and holes, and (2) it scuffs up the body to allow the primer and paint to adhere correctly. After you have sanded everything down, you will need to use a vacuum and tack cloth to remove any remaining dust before painting.
Next, you can apply the primer to the cabinets. You will want to use a primer-sealer and a good quality 3-inch brush. Using a primer-sealer minimizes the need for further sanding or deglazing of old finishes. Also, it provides an excellent base coat for the final paint coat.
It is typically best, when only painting the cabinets and not updating anything else, that you stick to the best neutral paint colors, ensuring that everything blends together well. You want to apply the paint in thin, light coats to avoid brush strokes, and leave the paint to dry for a minimum of four hours between coats. Sand between each layer. Use at least three coats of paint.
7. Measure for New Hardware
After you have finished painting and everything is dry, it is time to measure for the new hardware. Use a combination square or a tool designed for placing cabinet hardware, measuring precisely on every door and drawer. The last thing you want is a misplaced handle affecting the look of your freshly painted cabinets.
8. Pre-Drill Before Attaching Hardware
Always pre-drill before attaching hardware to avoid splitting the framing and wood. Also, pre-drilling minimizes tear-out.
Painting your cabinets is an excellent way to upgrade your kitchen. However, it is a time-consuming task, and it does require some skill. Contact a local interior designer to discuss painting options and other cost-effective to improve the look of your kitchen.