Your kitchen is one of the true centerpieces of your home décor. After all, the guiding ethos of interior decorating is to try and forge a perfect fusion of form and function, and few rooms embody that balance better than your kitchen. On the one hand, it’s a space in which you are apt to do quite a bit of entertaining, and so you want it to look its best, and so kitchen décor is often on the decorous side. On the other hand, your kitchen is obviously a space in which you’ll be doing a lot of cooking and serving, and so you’ll need to make sure that it’s outfitted with all the appliances and accoutrements you need.
Your cabinetry is a perfect example of form and function in the kitchen at work. It’s a space in which you can store utensils, mugs, plates, and other vital kitchen items. It’s also one of the most prominent features from a decorating standpoint. You, therefore, need to make sure you paint your kitchen cabinets the right way, and this guide can help you do just that.
Choose the Right Paints
First thing’s first – you need to be sure that you have the right type of paint for the job. When painting kitchen cabinets, it is generally recommended to opt for acrylic or latex paints rather than vinyl ones. In the case of the latter category, you’ll want to take care to follow any specific instructions included with the preparation and cure time prior to painting.
Remove the Doors
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the doors and hang them somewhere. This accomplishes a few basic things at once. First, it allows you to paint the inside of the cabinets with greater ease. In addition, it makes it that much easier to paint the doors themselves while arranging them in such a way as to allow them to dry easier.
Prime the Cabinets
Once you have done that, you’ll want to prime the cabinets. To do this in the most effective manner, you’ll want to make sure you have both high-quality primer, as well as a clean brush that can apply primer in smooth, easy strokes. Prime the cabinet framework first, and then go back and do the doors. Make sure the surfaces are completely primed before proceeding on to paint them.
Paint the Cabinets
You’ll need to determine whether you are going to paint your kitchen cabinets with either a roller or paintbrush. Unless you are applying paint to a lot of cabinets at once or are dealing with very large cabinets, you probably want to opt for the latter. Paintbrushes make it easier to apply the kind of smooth, even strokes which are necessary for painting cabinets. What’s more, they are great for making sure that you paint every last corner.
Apply a couple coats of paint, and let it dry.
With that simple, yet effective, approach, you’ll be able to paint your kitchen cabinets the right way.