14 Tips To Give Your Kitchen Cupboards A New Look With Paint
The easiest and most cost-efficient way of giving your kitchen a fresh, new look is to paint your cupboards.
If replacing them isn’t in your budget at the moment, choosing the right paint colour and using a little effort and following some simple instructions will have you taking pride in your home’s eatery in no time.
Here are some handy tips to help you get the best results possible:
- Be sure to take the doors down
Trying to paint cupboards with the doors still attached is not a wise idea. If you lay them on a flat surface, you won’t get any drips or paint on the hardware.
- Make sure to identify the hardware
Throwing all the hinges and screws into a pile will cause you grief when it comes time to putting the cupboard doors up again. All the hardware from each separate door should have its own storage bag/container. That way you’ll know what goes with what and won’t have to fight with screws that don’t fit hinges.
- Cleaning will make a big difference
Kitchen cupboards are apt to get a little greasy and grimy. Cleaning them with a good degreaser will allow the paint to adhere better. After you’ve done that, you need to do a little sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.
- Time to prime
This is a step many people overlook, but it’s a very necessary step. The best advice for the nicest finish is to give two coats of primer. Let dry and sand between coats. Primer helps to give your cupboards a more durable finish and that is something you definitely want in your kitchen.
- Taping off
Use painter’s tape to tape off areas you don’t want to get paint on. It’s a bit time-consuming but will save you a possible headache in the long run. The last thing you’ll want to be doing after you’re finished painting is scraping paint off areas that shouldn’t have been painted.
- Ample work area
Having a decent sized space to paint will make you whistle while you work. Trying to do the best job possible when you have to manoeuvre around things (and probably get paint on your clothes) is just frustrating and makes the job more challenging. Any larger area like a dining room table would work. Just make sure you cover it up with a tarp of some sort. Covering the surface with plastic before the tarp will ensure paint doesn’t leak through onto the table. Remember to protect the floor with a drop cloth as well.
- Turn on the lights, open the curtains
Painting in natural light is best. But if you don’t have the luxury of sunlight, make sure your work space is bright enough for you to spot any drips, streaks or missed places.
- Do your homework on paint choice
You’ll want to pick a paint that will stand up to the knocks that may happen in the kitchen – something that won’t chip easily. An enamel paint looks fantastic on cupboards and is durable enough for rougher treatment. It also leaves a very smooth finish.
- Choosing a colour
Colours that marry well with your appliances and the rest of your kitchen décor will give you a professional-looking result. If your appliances are older and have an older appearance like an almond colour, consider a complimentary cupboard colour like sand. Then when you do update your appliances, that neutral colour will go with anything.
- On the rise
Lifting your cupboard doors slightly off the surface on which they’re being painted will make for easier painting of edges.
- Tools for the painter
Rollers and brushes are needed. An angled brush and a trim roller will work best for this job. If the doors have bevelled edges, use the brush to paint around the inside of them. Once all the bevelled areas and niches have been painted, it’s time to use the roller to paint over the paintbrushed areas and work your way around the edges and sides.
- Disinfectant wipes
Having these handy will help you clean up any unwanted drips. They’re pre-moistened and will easily clean up small ‘oopsies’.
- Sand for a sublime outcome
Sanding between each coat of paint is necessary to get a smooth finish. In other words, if you’re painting non-painted wood cupboards here is the rundown: Clean and degrease, sand; prime, sand; second coat of primer, sand; paint, sand and finally, apply a second coat of paint. Takes time. Yes. Flawless finish – a definite YES.
- Keep your trays
Reusing trays becomes a cinch when you use them more wisely. Instead of pouring paint directly into the tray, lining it first will make things cleaner and you won’t have to go out to buy another tray. Tin foil works great for this job.