How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets can revamp your kitchen and enhance your décor. Whether you’re renovating your home or simply updating your style, painting your kitchen cabinets can transform your environment.

Whilst painting your kitchen cabinets may seem simple and straightforward, it does require some advanced prep. Depending on the material used to construct your cabinets, you’ll need to ensure that it’s pre-prepared and ready to paint. 

If your cabinets are wooden, for example, they may need to be sanded down before you can add paint to them. In addition to this, you’ll need to ensure that they are free from dust and debris before you attempt to paint them. Once you’ve finished washing them down, be sure to leave enough time for them to try before you try and add paint to them.

Alternatively, you may want to repaint kitchen cabinets that are constructed from alternative materials. Plywood, laminate, and acrylic are all common materials for kitchen cupboards, cabinets and doors, but they do require specific prep before you can begin to revitalize them. Before you get started, be sure to do your research and find out exactly what your cabinets are constructed from and how you should prepare them. 

Choosing the right paint for kitchen cabinets

Selecting a paint color you love might seem like the trickiest part of choosing your paint, but it gets more complicated than that! As well as choosing the right color for your new kitchen décor, you’ll need to ensure that the paint you choose will deliver the right finish. 

If you’re aiming for a shiny, glossy finish, you’ll want a satin, semi-gloss or gloss paint. Of course, not all types of paint can be applied to every surface, so you’ll need to ensure that the type of paint you choose will work well with your cabinets and doors. If your kitchen features are constructed from varying material, you may need to purchase the same color paint in varying different types, to ensure you get the finish you’re after. 

In addition to this, you’ll need to consider whether your chosen paint can live up to the day-to-day usage it will be exposed to. Kitchens are typically exposed to high levels of moisture and this doesn’t work well with all types of paints. When you’re cooking, a significant amount of steam can be released, and this could cause paint to bubble. To avoid this, you’ll need to ensure that the paint you choose is appropriate for use in a kitchen environment. 

Finishing Your Cabinet Painting Project

With your kitchen cabinets repainted, you might think the hard work is over. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You may need to protect the paintwork on your cabinets with a lacquer. If so, you’ll need to allow the paint to dry and apply the lacquer before the cabinets are exposed to water or moisture. 

In addition to this, you’ll need to find out exactly how you can dispose of your paint cans, excess paint, and equipment. Many states have strict regulations regarding this, so it’s important to understand how you can safely dispose of hazardous waste.

While painting your kitchen cabinets can be an effective way of transforming your kitchen, it can take some work to get it right. To learn what it will cost to have a professional team paint your cabinets, call Painters Knoxville today (865) 551-0034.