Hindsight is 2020 (literally!). Unless of course you know everything there is to know before each endeavor. Here are 5 tips you should know before giving your kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint.
Bring in the Big Dogs
Though we all love a good DIY project, its better in this case to hire a professional with prior experience with kitchen cabinets. You can be the supervisor for once and let them work their magic.
Not all Paint is Created Equal
Some paints are more durable than others and with the kitchen being one of the most used spaces in a home, its important that the paint you choose stands the test of time. Ensure that the paint is rated for trim or trim enamel. For a safer, more odor free option, go for a water-based acrylic paint.
Prep is Major Key
Grab a gentle all purpose cleaner and give the cabinets a good clean to remove any grease and grime. Next, you’ll want to put painter’s plastic over everything- and I mean EVERYTHING you don’t want to get paint on, including the places the sun don’t shine (i.e. the inside of the cabinets).
Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat
Like achieving salon quality hair, except for cabinets! Sanding will ensure that the primer adheres well to the cabinets which will ultimately give you a smoother canvas for when its time to start applying paint. Follow this step with any repairs or patching that needs to be done then, you guessed it, rinse (sand) and repeat (apply another coat of primer)!
More is More and Less is Less
It could require up to four coats of paint to get the cabinets looking just right. Have tack cloths on hand to collect any stray particles that may find their way onto the cabinets in between coats. For a smoother look, use a sprayer to apply the paint. And its goes without saying, don’t touch the wet paint. Give it at least a week to cure before putting things back in their home and resuming your normal business in the kitchen.