Choosing to paint your existing kitchen or bath cabinets can change the entire look of your space and has some benefits vs. a major remodeling project:
The cost of new appliances, counter tops, flooring and cabinets can be one of the most expensive remodeling projects. Transforming a kitchen or bath by freshening the cabinets with a new paint color can be done but there is more to it than just buying a new paint brush, some sandpaper and a can of paint.
The proper prep work is the key to the success of this project. There are many considerations: cabinets are made out of a variety of materials, offered in a wide range of finishes, from oil-based paints, stains and laminates. You can tackle this project but you'll need the right tools, the right primer, quality paint, and some patience to do the project right and remodel your kitchen or bath without going over budget.
Priming and painting your cabinets will take several days to complete, so you'll need to plan and possibly even setup a temporary kitchen in another room of the house. We recommend wearing the appropriate safety gear (gloves, safety glasses) and make sure your have the proper ventilation whether refinishing inside or outside. For the best results, you should remove the Cabinet Doors, Drawer Fronts and Drawer Boxes and work on them in a garage or basement if possible.
One of the first steps is to determine the condition of your cabinets. If your Cabinet Doors or Drawer Fronts are dented, cracked or worn you can easily order replacement custom-sized cabinet doors and drawer fronts. One big advantage in doing this is you can not only change the appearance or finish of your cabinets but also change the look. If you had traditional raised panel cabinet doors and conventional slab drawer fronts you might want to consider an entirely new look. Maybe a more contemporary look with shaker or slab style Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts. There are plenty of cabinet door styles to choose from and can easily be ordered online in just days! If you plan on painting new cabinet components then we would recommend either using a paint grade hard maple or MDF (medium density fiberboard) material and both are low cost options and easy to paint. If your cabinet Drawer Boxes are broken or falling apart this might be a good opportunity to replace those as well.
Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts that are already painted can be painted again but we recommend their original surfaces be removed. Stripping products are available online or at your local home improvement store. Follow the directions step-by-step and it should be easy to remove either the existing paint. Once the cabinet doors and drawer fronts dry, you can lightly sand the cabinet doors to remove any excess surface material and make the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are ready for the next steps.
If your cabinets were previously painted and your house was built before 1978, the paint may be lead-based. Use a testing kit or call a professional for help. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on all paint-stripping products.
The next steps will help but take a little time.
Paint, just like the primer can be applied with a brush and roller or a paint sprayer if you have a lot of Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts or cabinet area. The technique is the same as for the primer — use even strokes with the brush and finish the stroke back into the wet paint and feather out the edges.
Note: Make sure to let all components dry and let the paint completely cure.
If you think it's needed you can apply second coat of paint. Make sure everything has completely cured before attaching your cabinet door hinges and cabinet hardware and reattaching to your cabinet frames.
Enjoy your new kitchen or bath and show it off to all of your friends!
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