Remodeling the kitchen can be very expensive, which is why many homeowners will settle for a less than ideal kitchen. However, there are solutions to this problem. If you have a free weekend ahead, repainting the kitchen cabinets can be a great DIY project. You can also hire someone to take care of kitchen cabinet painting in St. Charles, Illinois, and you’d still pay a fraction of the cost of remodeling the entire kitchen. However, if you do choose to handle the project yourself, this article will contain some useful tips.
Use Rosin Paper to Protect the Floor and Countertops
One of the worst things that can happen when repainting the kitchen cabinets is that you make a mess all over your floor and countertops. At best, you will have to spend extra time cleaning up, and at worst, you may have to replace any stained surfaces. In order to avoid this issue, you can use rosin paper. Rosin paper can be found in rolls that are 32 inches wide and 140 feet long — ideal dimensions for such a project.
Remove Hardware, Drawer Fronts, and Doors
Speaking of spillage, we’ve all seen painting projects gone wrong, where hinges, or cabinet interiors have paint stains on them. This is why it’s important to separate these surfaces, or at least cover some of them with masking tape. Sure, it may seem tempting to skip this part of the project, but it is essential if you want a truly professional finish for the paint job.
Scrub All the Grease Off
By being in the kitchen, around hot pans and boiling oil, there’s a good chance that your cabinets have some grease on them (even if it doesn’t look like it at first glance). In order for the paint to stick properly, you will have to remove all of this grease. Dishwashing liquid could get the job done, but a dedicated degreasing solution is recommended.
Be Moderate with the Sand Paper
In a repainting project, you will also have to do some sanding in order to help the paint stick. However, you don’t need to sand all the way down to the wood. For a cabinet that still has a factory finish, 120 grit paper should get the job done. However, if the cabinet has a rougher finish, or a poor varnish job, you’ll want to go with 100 grit paper first, and then break out the 120 to remove any sanding marks.
A good way to speed up the whole process is to use a mini-roller. You can find both roller frames and sleeves at your local painting or hardware store, with mohair, foam, or fiber sleeves being best suited for the job. Make sure to follow the direction of the wood grain when applying the paint, and use a hand brush to paint areas that you cannot reach with the roller.
Hire a Professional Cabinet Painting Company in St. Charles, Illinois
If painting your own cabinets seems like too much of a hassle (which it certainly can be), or if you’d like to have a professional, factory-like finish for your cabinets, we recommend hiring a professional painting company in St Charles for the job. Professionals will have a similar process to the one outlined above. However, they put a lot more time and effort into prep work such as caulking, sanding, wood filing, and priming.
Professionals also use a specialized airless spray gun to apply the initial coat of paint. Then, they use various rollers and brushes to apply extra coats of paint and finishing touches. The best part — it’s a very affordable service, especially when compared to the cost of new cabinets. Contact us today to get started with your kitchen cabinet repainting project in St. Charles!