If you have older kitchen cabinets that are starting to look outdated, installing a new one could be an expensive option. Instead, you could simply redo the cabinets to make them look as good as new with a simple paint job. A fresh coat of paint can change the entire look of your kitchen…and it can also dictate how other design elements fit into the space.
Can you paint your kitchen cabinets yourself?
Though you can certainly paint your kitchen cabinets on your own, remember that it is not a small undertaking. It requires quite a bit of planning and strategy, as you’ll probably want to ensure that the kitchen is still functional to a certain extent.
In this post, we will walk you through a series of simple steps to help you paint the kitchen cabinets in your Bolingbrook home.
Kitchen cabinet painting in five steps
Step 1: Prepare the Surface
First, remove all of the doors, shelves, drawers, and hardware from the base and wall cabinets. Clean the surface with a clean, soft cloth and mineral spirits. You could also use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP). Make sure to remove all of the oil stains, grimes, waxes, and other blemishes. Your paint will not adhere well to dirty and greasy surfaces.
Step 2: Sand the Surface
The next step is to lightly sand the surfaces of the cabinets. If you have any dents or grooves on your cabinet surface, we recommend using a good wood filler to fill them up first. After sanding, be sure to wipe out the sanding dust with a clean cloth.
Step 3: Apply the Primer
Choose a primer that matches your surface type (such as metal, laminate, or wood). You may want to have the primer dyed to match the color of the topcoat, especially for dark and stained surfaces. Apply s stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces. For tight grain woods (like cherry, maple of man-made materials), slow drying, oil-based primers work best. Be sure to apply your primer with a good quality nylon brush, and don’t forget to caulk the open seams.
Step 4: Paint
After your primer is fully dry, you can start painting your cabinets. Start with your doors, because one side needs to dry before you start with the other side. We recommend applying at least two coats of paints. Let the first coat thoroughly dry, then lightly sand the painted surface and apply a second coat again. Don’t forget to stir your paint well and pour it into a paint tray before painting.
Step 5: Put Everything Together
Once your paint completely dries, you can start to put your doors, shelves, and drawers back together. It’s helpful to make note of the positioning of each door and shelve before removing them so that you can reassemble the cabinets more easily.
Before you decide to paint the cabinets, you might want to consult your family to find out their preferred colors. Since the entire family spends time together in the kitchen more than any other rooms, sharing decorating ideas will help you create a kitchen atmosphere that everybody enjoys.
Do You Need Help Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets in your Bolingbrook home?
Prime Time Painting offers the most economical and quickest way to repaint your kitchen cabinets in Bolingbrook. Our experienced painters can reinvigorate your home and raise its value quickly and professionally.
If you would like to learn more about our cost-effective kitchen cabinet painting services in Bolingbrook or request a free quote, contact us today!