How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Tips & Tricks
Published 2/19/2023 by Jack Magee
Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of any kitchen, providing both storage and aesthetic value to the space. Over time, however, cabinets can become outdated or worn, leaving your kitchen looking less than its best. Fortunately, painting your kitchen cabinets is an excellent way to update the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank. In this article, we will be tackling how to paint kitchen cabinets. Follow along for applicable tips & tricks.
Materials and Tools Needed for Kitchen Cabinet Painting
To get started on your kitchen cabinet painting project, you’ll need a few basic materials and tools. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Milesi wood coatings
- Painter’s tape
- Sandpaper (120 and 220 grit)
- Tack cloth
- Wood filler
- Paint sprayer
- Lacquer Undercoat
- Lacquer Top-Coat
- **Refer to your local paint store for premium wood coatings specific to your area
Preparation for Kitchen Cabinet Painting
Preparation is key when it comes to painting kitchen cabinets. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to prepare your cabinets for painting:
- Remove cabinet doors and hardware for painting. Before you begin painting, remove all the cabinet doors, drawers, and hardware. This will make it easier to paint the cabinets and ensure that you don’t get any paint on the hardware.
- Clean the cabinets before painting. Use mild detergent and warm water to clean the cabinets thoroughly. Be sure to remove any grease, dirt, or grime. Once the cabinets are clean, allow them to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Sand the cabinets for a smooth finish. Use 120-grit sandpaper to sand the cabinets thoroughly. This will create a rough surface for the primer to adhere to. After sanding, wipe the cabinets with a tack cloth to remove any dust.
- Fill in any dents or scratches before painting. If there are any dents or scratches in the cabinets, use wood filler to fill them in. Allow the filler to dry completely before sanding the area smoothly with 220-grit sandpaper.
- Tape and cover surrounding areas. Use painter’s tape to tape off any areas around the cabinets that you don’t want to get paint on, such as walls or countertops. Use plastic sheeting to cover any appliances or surfaces you want to protect.
Once you’ve completed the preparation process, it’s time to start painting your kitchen cabinets. Here’s how to do it:
- Apply lacquer undercoat for adhesion and stain-blocking. Using a paint sprayer, apply a thin coat of primer to the cabinets. Priming is important for several reasons. It helps the paint adhere better, prevents stains from bleeding through, and provides a smooth, even surface for the paint to adhere to. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Sand again before applying the topcoat. Once the primer is dry, use 220 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the cabinets. This will create a smooth surface for the topcoat to adhere to. After sanding, wipe the cabinets with a tack cloth to remove any dust.
- Apply the topcoat with a paint sprayer. Now it’s time to apply the topcoat with a paint sprayer. Using long, even strokes, apply a thin coat of paint to the cabinets. It’s better to apply multiple thin coats than to try to cover everything in one thick coat. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the next.
- Apply a second or third coat. Depending on the color and type of paint you’re using, you may need to apply a second or even a third coat. Be sure to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
- Reinstall cabinet doors and hardware. Once the cabinets are dry, it’s time to reinstall the doors and hardware. Be sure to allow the cabinets to dry completely before reattaching the hardware and doors.
Maintaining Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Now that your kitchen cabinets are freshly painted, you’ll want to take steps to maintain their appearance for years to come. Here are some tips for keeping your painted cabinets looking great:
- Use a soft, damp cloth to clean your cabinets. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the paint.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or heat sources, as this can cause the paint to fade or peel.
- Don’t hang wet dish towels or other wet items on the cabinet doors. This can cause the paint to peel or warp.
- Touch up any scratches or chips as soon as they occur to prevent further damage.
The Importance of a Professional
While painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a simple task, it’s important to note that achieving a professional-looking finish requires experience and skill. This is why it’s recommended to hire a professional to handle your kitchen cabinet painting project. A professional painter will have the tools and knowledge to complete the project efficiently, with minimal mess or disruption to your daily routine.
At Trailblaze Paints, we use a paint sprayer for all paint applications on kitchen cabinets. We also use Milesi wood coatings, which are specifically designed for wood surfaces and provide a durable, long-lasting finish.
In conclusion, painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a fresh, updated look without the expense of a full remodel. Trailblaze Paints, located in Mooresville, NC, specializes in kitchen cabinet painting using Milesi wood coatings and a paint sprayer for a factory finish. With the right preparation, materials, and tools, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will last for years to come. So don’t wait any longer – start your kitchen cabinet painting project today and enjoy your new and improved kitchen!