Kitchen Cabinet Painting 101
It's not easy to love your circa. 1925 kitchen cabinets.
Installing new cabinets and counter-tops is a pricey proposition.
Painting your kitchen cabinets is a cheaper alternative. Hiring
professional home painters for this task costs at least $1,000. If
the painter needs to strip all of the cabinets and drawers first,
this will cost more. Kitchen cabinet painting can be a
Refreshing your kitchen cabinets involves seven steps. Read on
to see if this is something you can take on yourself, or if calling
on professional home painters is the best idea for you.
Kitchen Cabinet Painting Steps
- Envision a new look: Tack up paint swatches so you
can pick an interior
painting color palette.
- Deconstruction: Unhinge the cabinet doors and pull
out the drawers. Place these cabinets and drawers on a drop cloth
in a well-ventilated room or your garage floor. If you live in an
older home, check your kitchen
cabinet painting with a
- Surface clean: Your kitchen is the busiest room in
the house, and these surfaces have collected years of dirty
fingerprints. Use everyday household cleaners for this task. If the
grime doesn't fade away, clean with trisodium phosphate (TSP);
follow this strong cleaner's recommended safety precautions.
- Prep and Sand: Glossy or shiny cabinets that feel
like a laminated surface will need to be sanded. Use 150- or
180-grit sandpaper. If your cabinets are dinged and nicked, fill
those character flaws with nonshrinking putty, and sand these areas
after the putty dries.
- Prime: Heavily stained cabinets and drawers need to
be primed with a stain-blocking primer. Otherwise, prime your
surfaces with an alkyd or 100 percent acrylic latex primer. Any
imperfections can be sanded away.
- Apply two coats of paint: Wait a few hours for the
primer to dry, then apply two coats of either oil-based or latex
paint with a brush. A semi-gloss or gloss paint will offer good
kitchen-cleaning capabilities. For optimal results, kitchen
cabinets can be spray-finished; this is when it pays to hire
professional home painters.
- Dry for an entire work week: After waiting five
days, put your new kitchen cabinets back together.
If you have enough elbow grease, time, and painting
know-how, you can complete these seven steps yourself. Otherwise,
professional home painters can tackle your kitchen cabinet
painting, adding new luster to your home kitchen.
About the author:
Nancy Schatz Alton
writes and edits in Seattle, Washington. She is co-author of The
Healthy Back Book and The Healthy Knees Book. Previously, she has
worked as managing editor for Healthy Answers magazine, and as an
editor and writer for several in-flight publications. Her work has
appeared in PCC Natural Market?s Sound Consumer, Seattle Woman, and
online at culinate.com and aplaceformom.com. Nancy has a degree in
history with a concentration in women's studies.
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