With the costs to replace kitchen cabinets ranging from five to fifty thousand dollars, many homeowners fear they will be stuck with their outdated cabinets forever. Fear not. There is something you can do, and it will most likely cost less than $200 and can be finished in one weekend. What is this miracle solution? It’s called paint. One of the easiest and cost friendly ways to update your old kitchen cabinets is to simply paint them.
When I moved into my current home, I knew I wouldn’t last one week with the cabinets in the state they were in. They were yellow and green, and even though I am a Packer fan, they were totally unlivable. I wanted to rip them out and say goodbye to them forever, but realizing it would cost five thousand dollars and open the door to a remodeling nightmare, I opted to paint them as a temporary solution. Now that they are a beautiful glossy white, I love them and wouldn’t dream of ripping them out. Hopefully, by following these steps, you will love your cabinets too.
- Clean surface of cabinets. Using a mixture of ┬╝cup of soap and 2 gallons of warm water, scrub all the surfaces where you will be applying paint. It’s important to remove all grease and oil from fingerprints and cooking, so pay careful attention to the cabinets over the stove and around the handles. Failure to remove could cause paint to not adhere to the surface.
- Remove hardware. Using a power screwdriver, remove handles from cabinet doors and drawers. Next remove hinges from cabinets and door panels. Put these in baggies if you will be reusing. To help you out, you can check here impactdriverguide.co.uk/dewalt-impact-drivers for helpful tools and devices like the best impact driver to aid you in removing the hardware. Using the right tool will help you do the work accordingly.
- Set up a work area outside or in the garage where you will be sanding and painting. Make sure there is proper ventilation and a drop cloth to protect from drips and spills. Bring cabinet doors and drawers out to your work area.
- Sand. You’ll need to scuff the surface of the doors and drawers in order for the paint to adhere. Use#100 grit sandpaper and go over the surfaces. Remember, you do not need to remove all the old finish, just create a roughened surface. To remove all dust from sanding, use a tack cloth.
- Apply primer. If you have access to a paint sprayer, that’s your best for getting the smoothest finish. If not, a good quality paintbrush will work. First, paint the outside edges, then the inside edges, then the front of the doors and drawers. Make sure you get an even coat.
- Prepare kitchen for paint. Use blue painter’s tape to cover the wall and ceiling where the cabinets are attached. Cover counter top and floor with a drop cloth.
- Prime cabinets. Using a 2 inch sash brush, first prime edges where you’ve taped and any hard to reach areas. Prime the rest of the cabinets using a small 3 inch roller. Since you’re looking for a smooth finish, make sure you select a roller with a short nap. Let dry.
- Apply paint. Apply paint in the same way you did the primer, first painting the doors and drawers, then the cabinets. I recommend using a soft white paint for a clean and modern look. Keep in mind that it will likely take two to three coats for get a professional looking finish. Don’t load on the paint to try to get by with one coat, it will only look sloppy and uneven when it dries. If you’re a perfectionist, you might want to try very lightly sanding the surfaces before your second coat of paint. This will ensure an extra smooth finish.
- Replace hardware. Using power screwdriver, handles and knobs. I recommend purchasing new hardware to complete the new look. Basic silver knobs can be purchased fairly inexpensively and look very modern. Next, affix hinges to cabinet doors, and then to cabinets. Put the drawers back in, and you have a brand new looking kitchen!