If you are going to paint your kitchen cabinets yourself, there are several techniques that will help you get the job done faster, more easily, and at a higher quality. For first time DIY enthusiasts, the process will likely take a long time, and the result may be less than perfect—especially if the painter has not read any guide or article on the best techniques and tools to use. However, with experience, and some research, you will soon find that several steps of the painting process can be skipped, and you can still achieve a perfect finish for your project.
1. Adding the Bonding Primer
Start by removing the drawers and the doors of your cabinets and placing them on trim boards. This will make them much easier to paint and dry, and it will also ensure that all drips and spillage are caught by a plastic sheet that you place underneath the trim boards.
Next, use a foam roller to apply the bonding primer to one side of the drawers and the doors of your cabinets, while making sure that you also coat the corners and the edges thoroughly. If the underlying surface still shows through at this point, do not worry—the primer is not supposed to completely cover it. This step is meant to replace sanding and ensure that the paint has a rough surface to adhere to. You can also reduce brush marks by following the grain of the wood. Once the primer has been applied, let it dry overnight.
With the painting done, it’s time to clean and dry your brushes (if you used them) and throw away the roller. If you want to skip cleaning the brushes, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them overnight in the refrigerator.
The following day, flip over the drawers and the doors and place them gently on the trim board. Make sure that you do not scratch the bonding primer on the other side. If you do, you may need to do some quick touch ups before continuing. Apply the bonding primer to the unprimed sides using the same process as before, and let it dry overnight once again.
2. Applying the Enamel
The process for applying enamel is pretty much the same. First, apply it to one side of the drawers and doors, and on the base cabinets. If you are using a darker paint, the coat will probably not look right at first. Don’t worry, and don’t over paint, as the paint will look good once it is dry or once you apply the second coat. Wait for the enamel to dry overnight, and then flip the doors/drawers and paint the other side. This is also the time when you should apply the second coat to the base cabinets. One more overnight drying session, and you’re done.
3. Assembling the Cabinets
The final step should be fairly simple—reassemble the cabinets and reattach any knobs and pulls you have taken off during the paint job. In case you have problems during this step, such as the drawer front not matching up with the screw holes of the cabinet, simply try it on a different drawer. It’s easy to mix up which component came from which cabinet during the disassembly and painting.
And that’s about it! If all of this sounds too time-consuming, and if you’d like to hire a professional kitchen cabinet painting company in Naperville, feel free to contact us directly. A professional paint job will go faster and have a much cleaner finish due to our experience and equipment. We provide free estimates and free consultations. Once you meet with one of our experts you will understand why we are the most trusted name in Naperville for kitchen cabinet painting.