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Sometimes kitchens need an update, but it isn’t always in the budget to give your kitchen a complete overhaul like you could with Rockford contractors. When this is the case, simple DIY projects can make a huge impact on your space, without breaking the bank. An easy project that many homeowners take on is to repaint the kitchen cabinets. It is a simple project that can have the best results, and make it look like you spent a small fortune on a beautiful new look that you actually did yourself!

Before you start stripping the cupboards and whipping out the paint, there are a few things you should know. Wood, wood-laminate, and metal cabinets usually can be painted without much difficulty. Plastic laminate cabinets resist paint. Be sure that you know what product you are working with, and how it will react to paint before you get started.

Cabinets and drawers with a flat front are easy to repaint, but those with raised panels, routed profiles, or other architectural designs will require more prep-work and paint. Cabinets that are damaged, warped, or coming apart at the glue joints should be replaced. You can purchase new, unfinished doors and drawers and paint them along with your other cabinets.

The best applications for applying new paint to cabinets and drawers include spray paint, rolling, or brushing with either a natural or synthetic bristle brush or foam brush. The best applicator for your particular project may determine which method of application is best. No matter what method you choose, all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choose the application that is best suited to the amount of woodwork to be repainted. Now that you have the necessary supplies, you are ready to begin painting!

Step 1: Remove Doors and Hardware

Before you begin painting, remove the doors from the cabinets, and remove all of the hardware (knobs, pulls, latches). Keep the hardware together by placing all pieces in a plastic bag where they will not get lost. It is also important to keep track of the doors and where they come off. Number the doors, or find another method of organization that will help you to remember which cabinet they belong to when it comes time to reinstall them. It is important to not mix up the doors, or the hinges may not line up properly when you reinstall them.

Step 2: Clean Surfaces

Because kitchens are work areas that get used frequently, grease, steam, and food are common. Before you begin the prep-work for the cabinets, take the time to clean all of the surfaces to remove anything from the cabinets that could prevent the paint from sticking.

Step 3: Sand Down Surfaces

Prior to applying paint, lightly sand down the doors and all surfaces that you will be painting. Use a wood sanding block to prevent rounding over the wood edges. There is no need to remove all of the old paint prior to applying new paint. Just sand down the surface to give the new paint a firm, clean base to adhere to. Once you have finished sanding down the surfaces, thoroughly vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces. Be sure that there are no sanding remnants left on the surface prior to painting.

Step 4: Apply Primer

The final step in the prep-work prior to applying the new paint to cabinet doors and drawers is to apply a primer-sealer to the surface. Primer-sealers eliminate the need to sand and deglaze old finishes prior to repainting. Primer also provides a good base for semi-glass or water-based paints.

Step 5: Paint

When painting cabinets, start by painting the inside edges and opening of the face frames, then the outer cabinet sides, and then the front face frames. This allows you to work quickly, and enables you to correct any drips or smudges on the most visible areas of the cabinets. After painting the base of the cabinets, paint the doors and drawers, and any other pieces of wood or molding that go on the cabinets. For doors and drawers that have a raised or routed feature, be sure to flow paint into these areas, without letting the paint accumulate too much. When painting cabinets, it is important to apply paint in thin, light coats that cover all of the areas. Thin coats eliminate visible brush strokes, and dry quickly. Allow for paint to dry for a minimum of 4 hours between each coat. When completely dried, prepare the surface for the next coat by lightly sanding and wiping down the surface prior to applying additional coats of paint. In most cases, two coats of paint are plenty, but because kitchens take a beating, it doesn’t hurt to apply a third coat to the surface of your cabinets.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful new look that makes your kitchen look fresh. But if your kitchen cabinets are beyond a simple DIY paint job and need to be replaced, a Rockford contractor can help you find affordable cabinets and install them, all while staying within budget and on schedule. Contact your local contractor today to get started on giving your kitchen the update that it so desperately needs!