How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Easy Guide For Weekend Warriors And DIYers
We always suggest that you hire an expert to do the job for you for numerous reasons including experience and insurance of an excellent job! But for those who want to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets without a professional sprayer, this is the way you can get professional looking results for under $200.
I have been getting a ton of questions via lately about among our Facebook postings in which I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most individuals are curious and want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, and how much it cost to get our cabinets looking like new.
Our house is very old and so are our cabinets. It did not bother us at first but finally we got sick of looking at that ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.
It’s not so hard to paint over veneer it just needs the right prep work. If you hire an expert I would suggest trying to do as much as you can yourself such as taking off the doors and hardware and possibly sanding them gently with a 220 grit sanding block. Only a light scuff will do (imagine you’re cleaning a window). That will save you a few dollars. But if you choose to do it on your own here are some hints on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and enduring results.
Preparation When Painting Kitchen Cabinets
After you eliminate your doors (or just masking your hinges) lightly sand/scuff the surfaces which are being painted with a 220 grit sanding block. Use a Sort of degreasers like Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.
Next, you have two options.You can use a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly scuff your surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Off which you can wipe on using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes. I used one coat of”INSL-X Stix” that is a urethane acrylic You can find it online or in your local Benjamin Moore Supplier.
With a good quality paint will allow you to get the best finish possible. I propose using Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is quite easy to work with and dries to a tough and durable finish.
Working with a 2-inch Nylon paintbrush start cutting around the hardware (if you did not get rid of the doors) and any areas your Whizz™ roller will not reach. Then use your Whizz™ roller to use your ALKYD enamel. Try to paint in the exact same direction as your grain (if your cabinet has a fake wood pattern). You can hang your doors today but bear in mind that although the enamel will dry overnight, it still takes 30 days to fully cure so be cautious and try to avoid scrubbing them before those 30 days.