Your cabinets have the potential to fill many different aesthetic roles in your interior décor scheme, depending on how much you want to emphasize them in relation to other parts of your property.
For example, say you want your cabinets to serve as the backdrop to the rest of your kitchen or bathroom décor. You can choose more muted colors, or colors which are secondary and complementary to your major décor features, thereby helping them to blend into the background and make those premiere items pop. On the other hand, if you are looking to make your cabinets one of the big features of a space, you can turn this principle on its head, painting them a bold color and using complementary colors for your other items.
You’ll also be able to consider the matter of how your cabinets are textured. Whether you choose to make them smooth, add texture to them, or both can add a lot to their aesthetic appeal.
Whichever approach you choose, you are going to want to be sure that you have chosen the right means of preparing your cabinets and yourself ahead of time for the task ahead. To that end, you’ll want to consider these tips for properly preparing your cabinets for painting.
This should go without saying, but before you do anything, you’re going to want to make sure your cabinets are completely empty. You aren’t going to want paint, flakes, or any other materials associated with the painting process to get into the cups, bowls, and other items you have stored away in your cabinets. What’s more, you don’t want to worry about accidentally knocking into them while painting, or trying to paint the interior of your cabinets with those items in the way.
Next, you’re going to want to make sure that any paint job you undertake isn’t performed at the expense of the surrounding area. For as much as you might want to paint your cabinets, you don’t want to splatter your walls, countertops, wall phones (how many of us still have them?) and other items in the process. You’ll thus want to take care to seal these areas off with plastic, wrapping them up completely. You’ll also want to be careful to tape down these plastic coverings so as to prevent the covers from shifting during painting.
Now that you’ve prepped your cabinets, you’re ready to start thinking about the paint itself. Latex-based paints can be quick to dry, but can flake more easily, while deeper paints can take a while to dry but are hardier. Consider your options and select the paint type that best suits your needs.
The same goes for any texturing materials you may be using. If you are staining your cabinets, you’ll want to be sure to get high-quality options for that as well.
With all that out of the way, you’re now ready to start painting your cabinets.