Kitchen is the heart of the house. It is the one room in the home that sees an unusual fluctuation in temperature depending on what you are cooking. To weather this kind of battering everyday your kitchen cabinets need to be strong and sturdy. Even if your kitchen cabinets are of the highest quality there is some wear and tear and tell tale signs of usage. If you feel that your kitchen needs a makeover take a hard look at the cabinets all that they need might be a fresh coat of paint.
If you have decided that you want to keep your old cabinets but that they need a face lift then here are a few tips to help you paint your cabinets. One of the first tasks as part of the preliminary preparation is to remove all the cabinet doors, the hardware, the appliances in the kitchen and covering the flooring with paper or sheets to prevent any paint from falling on your kitchen floor.
Any grime or food residue or oil marks must be removed and can be easily done with the help of an all purpose cleaner. This done then with the help of some soap water and an old rag clean the surface thoroughly. Once you have finished this step, take some grit sandpaper and sand down lightly the whole cabinet surface without leaving any area. Sanding makes the surface rough and this in turn helps to hold the primer and the paint better. While it is a lengthy process it is one of the most important steps to painting your cabinets. A well sanded cabinet holds the primer and the paint better and for longer.
If you are only repainting your cabinets with a fresh coat of the same paint then you can skip the primer step. If not then you must use a primer. Primers come in two types. Oil based for oil paints and shellac based for latex paint. Priming the cabinet surface prevents the paint from bleeding due to the varnish. Let the primer dry out completely before you start applying the paint. If you spray paint then you might get a glossier and more professional looking paint job. Check your paint box for instructions on how to get the right shade of color. Some colors might need two or more coats before you reach the desired shade.
Once the paint job is done you can refix the cabinets, doors and hardware. Some paint jobs may need touch ups off and on so as to fix weathered spots.
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