Although it's not as simple as painting your dining room, with the right prep, painting cabinets can be an affordable and lasting design solution. See what four painting professionals say about painting kitchen cabinets.
Should you paint your cabinetry? Before making any decisions, figure out what the existing finish is on your cabinet. If you're not sure, consider taking a door or drawer to your local paint supplier — he or she can help you with what you need to get your cabinet ready for painting.
- Remove the hardware and hinges and clean the surfaces thoroughly. Use a clean, soft rag or T-shirt and mineral spirits or TSP (trisodium phosphate). Give them a good scrub to remove old oils, waxes and grime. Paint is a very forgiving material, but the one thing it refuses to abide is a dirty, greasy surface.
- Lightly sand the painting surfaces to open the finish surfaces. If there are any dents or grooves in the cabinetry, fill them with a good wood filler first. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove any sanding dust.
- Prime the cabinets with a stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces.
- Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of the paint you've chosen. Let the paint dry thoroughly and lightly sand between coats.
- After everything has dried thoroughly, put your cabinets back together. Be sure to keep everything organized. Have a system for remembering the positioning of your cabinet doors.
- What to watch out for? Painting cabinetry may seem like a quick and easy kitchen solution, but it’s a big job. Make sure you have the time, skills and patience for the task. Choose a paint that can stand up to repeated washing and is non-blocking so it won’t sick to itself when the cabinet doors are closed. Odds are, you’ll be looking at this cabinetry every day; so make sure you have the ability to make it good.
- You may want to consider using a spray application to get the smooth finish, which can make a huge difference.