It’s a common problem for home improvers to have a beautiful image of how they would like their kitchen to look, and then be faced with extreme costs to achieve the look they want. Budget cabinet ranges in home improvement stores can be boring and often lack the design elements needed to give your kitchen cabinets the signature you are looking for. Here are some hints on painting your cabinets:
Make sure you plan your idea before you start
Freehand painting rarely works out, so no matter how swish you feel you are with a paint brush, never ever start painting anything without a plan. Draw lines and shapes on your cabinets to act as guidelines if you need to.
Remove the cabinet doors and take them outside to paint
Try not to start painting your cabinets whilst you are in the kitchen. Your cabinet doors will need a lot of work before you get the look you want, so the best thing to do is remove them and decorate them somewhere outside of the kitchen area. Be sure to label all of your doors so your paint work matches your plan when they come back.
Sand your cabinets well before you start painting
Kitchen cabinets are covered in dirt, oil, grime and a gloss surface. If you want your design to stick and stay, you absolutely must sand them down very well if you want to have any hope of a beautiful, smooth finish when you are complete.
Use wood paint, primer and gloss finish
Make sure you use a primer before you start painting your cabinets, to make sure your paint work sticks well. Interior wood paint is the best bet if you are painting your cabinets one colour. If you are going for a pattern, such as stripes or if you are using stencils on your wood, then go for a spray paint as this will give you a much tidier finish to any lines or shapes that differ in colour. Paint over with a gloss paint or varnish to give your cabinets a tidy shine. If you prefer your cabinets without a shine, then use an over coat paint and give your cabinets a soft sanding with a gentle sander, this will smooth any lumps or bumps in paintwork.
About the Author: Ben writes about home improvements and loves redecorating his house. He currently writes for a tool hire company in the UK.