How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Easy Guide For Weekend Warriors And DIYers
We always suggest that you hire an expert to do the job for you for multiple reasons which include experience and insurance of an excellent job! But for those who want to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets with no professional sprayer, this is how you can get professional looking results for under $200.
I have been getting a ton of questions via recently about among our Facebook postings in which I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most people are curious and want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, and how much it cost to get our cabinets looking like new.
Our house is quite old and so are our cabinets. It didn’t bother us at first but eventuallywe got sick of looking at that ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.
It’s not so difficult to paint over veneer it just needs the right prep work. If you hire an expert I’d suggest attempting to do as much as you can yourself like taking off the doors and hardware and maybe sanding them gently with a 220 grit sanding block. Only a light scuff can do (imagine you’re cleaning a window). That will save you a couple of dollars. But if you decide to do it on your own here are some hints on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and enduring results.
Preparation When Painting Kitchen Cabinets
After you eliminate your doors (or just masking your hinges) lightly sand/scuff the surfaces which are being painted with a 220 grit sanding block. Use a type of degreasers such as Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.
Next, you have 2 options.You can use a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly scuff your surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Away which you may wipe on using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes. I used one coat of”INSL-X Stix” which is a urethane acrylic You can find it online or in your local Benjamin Moore Supplier. Check your local Hardware store.
With a good quality paint will allow you to get the best finish possible. I suggest using Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is quite easy to work with and dries into a tough and durable finish.
Working with a 2-inch Nylon paintbrush start cutting around the hardware (if you didn’t get rid of the doors) and any places your Whizz™ roller won’t reach. Then use your Whizz™ roller to use your ALKYD enamel. Try to paint in exactly the same direction as your grain (if your cabinet has a fake wood layout ). You can hang your doors today but bear in mind that even though the enamel will dry overnight, it still takes 30 days to fully cure so be careful and try to avoid scrubbing them until those 30 days.