If you want to renovate your kitchen but you don’t quite have the money to do so, one of the easiest ways to make a difference is to repaint your kitchen cabinets. Many homes feature old-style wooden cabinets, and it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to change the look of the entire room. But what’s the best way to prepare your wooden cabinets for painting? Here are some steps to take.
Take a Door to the Hardware Store
Oak is porous and it’s necessary to prepare the surface in the right way. The best way to ensure that you buy the right sandpaper, paint, primer, and so on is to remove a single door from one of your kitchen cabinets and take it to your local hardware store. They can then advise you of the best way to fill in any pores, prime the surface, and sand it down.
Wash the Cabinets Thoroughly
The problem with any surface in a kitchen is that it is exposed to grease and other contaminants. If you try to paint over this surface without washing it first, chances are that the paint will simply peel off, flake, or bubble due to the dirt and grime.
In order to avoid this, it’s necessary to wash the surfaces down thoroughly with a mixture of warm water and detergent. Mix this cleaning solution in a bucket and use a sponge to clean all of the surfaces as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to use a detergent that can cut through grease, because this is going to be a big issue when it comes to painting.
Additionally, before you paint the cabinets, make sure that they have had plenty of time to fully dry. Don’t rush this preparation step.
Remove the Doors and Drawers before You Start Priming and Painting
If you leave the doors and drawers on your cabinets while you paint, you’re going to have a much more difficult time of it. You’ll miss spots that should be painted and the whole process will take longer. This is why it’s important to remove all of the doors and drawers carefully beforehand.
While doing this, you should also carefully label each drawer and door so you can put it back on the cabinet from which it came. It’s also wise to bag up all the screws so you don’t lose them.
Use a High-Quality Wood Filler
It’s likely that your oak cabinets will have some dents and holes in them from damage sustained over the years. If you want to change the handles and knobs, you’ll also probably need to fill in the holes that are left over. The best way to do all of this is with a high-quality wood filler putty from the hardware store.
Prime All the Surfaces
If you want the very best finish possible, you need to prime all the oak surfaces with an oil-based primer. This provides a good surface for the paint to adhere to, and by using a thick primer, you can also smooth out the surface and fill any small holes or dents that are left over.