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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Most people have lovingly splashed paint on their walls, but their cabinets and other furniture can seem intimidating to paint. In this blog we will run through preparation, painting methods and creative suggestions on giving your kitchen a brand-new lease of life through giving the kitchen cabinets a lick of colour.

Don't rush the work, take the time to do it right

One word of advice–you might find in many tutorials and advice videos the idea that you can do this project in just one weekend. Our advice would be to set aside more than two weekends if at all possible. Taking adequate time is key to getting the best end result out of your DIY.

Kitchen Cabinets

How to prepare your cabinets
Your first priority is to find the most high-quality paintbrushes that you can afford. Throwing money at the problem isn't the DIY spirit, we know. However this is one area in which you can't afford to cut corners. Lower quality paintbrushes will break and you will end up with stray bristles in your paint finish. Taking these out will ruin your paint finish. Go for natural bristles or the highest quality synthetic. When preparing your cabinets you will need to clean and dry your surfaces at least a week before you start painting. Use mild soap and water. It is very important to remove all of the hardware and take the cabinet doors off the unit (take the doors off by the bottom hinge first to prevent putting too much strain on the top hinges and breaking the hardware). When stripping the old paint, power tools and sanders will create too much dust. Think about using a paint stripping solution instead.

Painting method
Primer is essential to getting a worthwhile finish from your paint. You can use the best quality paint, but without adequate coats of primer your finish will be patchy and lumpy and most likely end up sinking into the wood. The way you apply primer is to work from the inside to the outside. Check for paint drops as you go. Allow at least a full week for your two or three coats of primer to dry out. You will need to sand down the surface in between coats. When you start to put on your paint colour, do at least two coats and then give it two days to completely dry out.

Colour pickers
Picking out the colour of your kitchen cabinets is maybe the most fun part of the whole process! Pick up swatch books from all of your local paint and DIY stores, and build up a reference library. You will not notice minute differences in shades until you see them all together. You will also need to swatch the paint on a wall cabinet to see its true shade in daylight and artificial light. If you've got a neutral coloured kitchen, consider painting your cabinets in a pop of bright colour. Conversely, if you've got a bright kitchen, then try using neutral colours in order to anchor the room. You could also try painting your lower and upper cabinet in different shades of the same hue.

Lighting your design
Bring out the colours in your kitchen with a stylish lighting design and it will take your room to the next level. This contemporary Fabbian Hungry Hanging Lamp is perfect.

So we have learned that painting surface is just as much about the texture of the surface as it is about the final coloured finish. This article focuses on disguising the texture of your wood surface with paint. Alternatively, go with a stain–this will let you keep the charm of the wood grain and add a dash of colour at the same time. Let us here at Lampcommerce know how your kitchen cabinet revamp goes!

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