Doing some touch-ups around the house involve many different projects, from painting focal walls to changing wall art. And when it comes to splashing a new coat of paint on kitchen cabinets, many DIYers see this as a no-brainer, easy home improvement project. However, this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls if not executed properly.
We understand that you want those kitchen cabinets to look as beautiful as possible, which is why some planning is crucial. Don’t jump head over heels into this project and be surprised when the results are less than perfect – or plain hideous.
Let’s take a look at the potential problems that so many people encounter when painting kitchen cabinets, and how to avoid them.
Although the new paint can make the cabinets look fantastic, they will not transform them into ultra smooth surfaces. If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves will show through the paint.
Although it can be time consuming and challenging, you can fill the grain with putty before painting if smooth surfaces are non-negotiable to you.
Don’t think of this as a quick Saturday morning project; allow yourself between four to seven days to complete this project properly, with proper prep time and snack breaks factored in, of course.
Ensure that you wipe all surfaces clean with a grease remover before starting, even if you think that your kitchen is already immaculate.
Adding a water-based paint to an oil-covered surface will cause the paint to not stick properly.
Don’t think that keeping these elements in will save you time.
Take off all the doors, pull the drawers out, and remove the hardware knobs and hinges. Otherwise your newly painted cabinets and hardware will start to chip and show signs of wear within a month, probably even sooner.
What is being removed will need to go back to where it was, which is why it is definitely worth using numbered labels to help you remember where everything goes.
A piece of masking tape stuck to the back of each piece will do just fine.
Even if your cabinets are in perfect condition, some sanding is required so that the paint will stick. Use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum (150 or 200 grit is good) and treat the surfaces to a quick buffing.
Remember that you are just trying to take them from glossy to matte, not get down to the bare wood.
Make sure you vacuum up all debris before bringing a paintbrush near those surfaces. Just a few pieces of dust can ruin the look, causing a gritty finish on your paint job.
To fix this, you will have to sand it and start your painting from scratch.
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It can be quite tempting to skip this step. However, your painted cabinets can look fantastic for a few weeks before knots in the wood will start to bleed through.
Use a stain-blocking primer to avoid surprise blotches as the paint cures.
The right colour depends on your look and style, but this is not a project that you are going to want to redo any time soon if the finished tone is not what you expect.
Test out that paint first. Paint a big poster board with a tester can and hang it up next to your backsplash and the appliances. Remember that lighting also changes the colour, so ensure those hues are 100% perfect before you commit to painting your cabinets.
Of course it can be annoying to wait a few days before putting your newly painted cabinets back. But consider this: smudging the paint will mean sanding the doors and repainting.
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to this particular project!
In the spirit of stylish inspiration, take a look at these: 45 Stylish Cabinets To Make Your Kitchen More Practical.