New kitchen cabinets can cost thousands of dollars, and some Barrington homeowners resort to this option when they want to renovate their kitchen. However, if you choose to paint the cabinets yourself, the cost is often below $250—and this includes the materials, utensils and the spray painter. Spray painting, in particular, is very appealing because it applies an ultra-smooth finish, and because it is very easy to use on more complex projects.
The Prep Work
All successful painting projects start with the prep work, which surprisingly, can be the most time-consuming step. First, remove the drawers and the cabinet doors, along with any hardware. Then, label each door as you remove it, so you will have an easier time when you reinstall them.
Take all the components that you’ve just removed to your work area, which can be your garage, unfinished basement, or any other area you choose. You will then want to have a painting surface. You can easily set one up by placing an extension ladder over two chairs and covering it with a textile material that you can throw away later. Wash the doors and the drawers to degrease them, and then add tape over the hinges or hinge holes.
You will also want to prepare the cabinet frames in the kitchen by degreasing them. Finally, protect all your kitchen appliances and surfaces by covering them in brown masking paper or 1-mil plastic sheeting. For countertops, you can use rosin paper. It is a better option due to its strength and thickness.
Apply the Primer
In order to apply the primer and make sure that it bonds, you’ll first need to sand the surface of the cabinets. This is particularly necessary if your cabinets have a shiny surface. Once finished, wipe off the dust with a tack cloth, and apply the primer using a paint brush. You can use any brush here—even cheap, disposable brushes will do. You will not need a uniform finish, so there’s no need to worry about brush marks. Also, skip the roller. It will affect the finish negatively. With the primer dried up, sand the surface one more time, and the cabinet doors, drawers, and frames should be ready for painting.
Applying the Paint
A good paint choice would be a gloss latex enamel paint. This paint comes with a hard, shiny finish that will resist fingerprints and other stains. Thin out the paint by pouring a gallon of it into a bucket, along with a half a quart of paint additive and half a cup of water. This will slow the drying process, lowering the chance of lap and brush marks. It will also help create a more even coating when you are spray painting.
Start by painting all the less accessible nooks and crannies of the cabinet with a brush. This includes the rail, trim piece, and stile.
Now, it’s time to spray paint. Make sure that you wear a mask respirator, and that you place the components in a makeshift booth that will catch any stray paint. Also, make sure that the room is ventilated by opening a window and using a fan to blow out the air in the room. You can practice on a piece of cardboard to get a feel for the sprayer, and when you feel comfortable, move on to the cabinets. Be careful not to overspray, and also be sure to add a second coat once the cabinets have dried overnight.
By using this technique, you can complete the bulk of the work much more quickly than you would with a roller or brush. If you would like to know more about kitchen cabinet painting in Barrington, or if you would like the help of a professional to complete the job, contact us today!