For most people, repainting your kitchen cabinets can seem like a gigantic chore, especially if you’re already fully booked for the foreseeable future. Finding a timeslot where you can fit a DIY project such as this one might seem absolutely impossible. But what if you can skip the sanding? Removing this extra step from the project may be the perfect solution if you are already overworked. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you can paint your kitchen cabinets in St. Charles without sanding them first.
Step 1: Removing the Doors and Drawers
To start, you will have to remove the doors and drawers. Removing the drawers is simple: just empty them and then pull them out. For the doors, however, you will have to use a drill or a screwdriver to remove the hinges. Make sure to organize them properly so that you know how to fit them back once you are done painting. You may also want to remove the shelves, if you can. This will make them easier to paint when the time comes.
Step 2: Cleaning the Surface of the Cabinets
For this step, you’ll want to use a degreaser and a scrubbing sponge to clean the doors and frames of the cabinets. Make sure that you do not scrub one section for too long, as it may scratch the wood. You then want to use a wet cloth to wipe down all the surfaces you’ve degreased, and then let them dry for a few minutes. A fan will help speed up the process here. Finally, you’ll want to add a deglosser onto a piece of cloth and rub it over the doors and drawers. You do not have to worry about the frames, since they are usually cleaner than the doors and have less varnish. Also, make sure that you apply the deglosser outside of the home in open air, since it can emit harmful fumes. Once applied, wait at least 30 minutes for it to dry.
Step 3: Painting
Now it’s time for the fun part. You have about a 1-hour window to prime the surfaces that have been deglossed. If you wait past this time frame, the primer will not stick to the surface of the doors and drawers, which may cause it to peel. Start with one side of the doors/drawers, and then, while they dry for 30 minutes, apply a coat of primer to the frame of the cabinets. After 30 minutes have passed, turn the doors/drawers and paint the other side as well. Then, let them dry for 2 hours. It’s important to keep in mind that priming the doors/drawers has to be done in 1 hour after the de-glosser has dried.
Next, you will need to add a layer of enamel. You can use a roller for this, since the surfaces of the cabinet are mostly flat with very few crevices. After the enamel is applied, use a fine brush and go over the surface to prevent any bubbles from forming. The coat of paint will need at least 4 hours to dry before you can flip the cabinet door and apply the enamel on the other side. If you want another shortcut, you can skip painting the bottom interior of the drawers, since they will mostly be covered in items. Instead, you just have to paint the sides, as they are the only visible part when opening the drawer.
In some cases, you will not be able to use a roller to paint the front of the cabinets, especially if they have molding or some other design. Here, a fine bristle brush is best. If the molding or design is particularly intricate or detailed, you may have to use a smaller paint brush. Make sure to step back every once in a while, and check if you missed any spots.
Hire a St Charles Kitchen Cabinet Painting Company to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you would like to learn more about the kitchen cabinet painting process, or if you would like to hire a professional St Charles kitchen cabinet painting company for the job, contact Prime Time Painting today!