We offer a wide range of services for that fresh look, or just maintenance or updates to keep your home functioning and safe. Regardless of the size of the job, we have a craftsman that can tackle it. We offer a wide range of services for that fresh look, or just maintenance or updates to keep your home functioning and safe. Regardless of the size of the job, we have a craftsman that can tackle it.
Home Improvement / December 14, 2015
If you are looking to update your kitchen, but don’t want to take on the costly expense of a full kitchen remodel, consider painting your kitchen cabinets. A new color on your cabinets, combined with cabinet door hardware and drawer pulls, can completely change the look of your kitchen. We’re more than happy to offer some tips for painting kitchen cabinets, but if the task seems daunting, call the expert craftsmen at Handyman Connection of Ann Arbor for a free, no-obligation project estimate!
Spray or Brush?
You do not need an expensive paint sprayer to paint your cabinets. What you will need to achieve the same, sprayed-on look is patience and the best materials. Painting your cabinets with a brush will be time consuming, but your effort will pay off in a beautiful finish.
Clear all cabinets and countertops and remove any freestanding appliances. Relocate tall furniture to another room. Cover the countertops and flooring with rosin paper. Seal off any opening into the room with plastic sheeting, as to keep dust and fumes from spreading to the rest of your house. Use painter’s tape to mask off the wall around the cabinets. Lastly, set up a worktable for painting doors, drawers, and shelves that you remove from the cabinets.
A Clean, Smooth Surface
Your kitchen is a work area, so grease and food residue are common. Before you begin painting, thoroughly clean all surfaces to be painted with a solution of one part TSP and four parts water. Rinse, but do not soak the cabinets and allow them to dry thoroughly.
Lightly sand all surfaces. If there are any dents or grooves, fill them in with a good wood filler first. After sanding, vacuum dust from surfaces and follow-up with a clean tack cloth to remove any fine sanding dust.
The Big Finish
Prime the cabinets with stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of the paint you’ve chosen. Make sure to let the paint dry thoroughly and lightly sand between each coat. When your second coat is completely dry, you can reassemble your cabinet doors, drawers and shelves and install your new hardware.