Published at Thursday, August 23rd 2018. by Natalia Dillingham in Kitchen Cabinets.
If your cabinets are old and outdated, but you're unable to replace them yet, learn the best way to paint kitchen cabinets so you can update them. Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.
For an extra smooth and professional-looking finish, many paint experts recommend spray painting kitchen cabinets. This method can be easier than working with a paintbrush and roller, but it takes some time and practice to really get the hang of it. Spray painting kitchen cabinets is also a good way to go if your cabinets have raised panels and lots of areas that might be hard to paint with a paintbrush or roller.
There are lots of colors that work well on kitchen cabinets, but it can be tricky to find the right one. Before selecting an unusual hue, take into account the other items and colors in the room. Look at your walls, counters, backsplash, floor and appliances. If you already have a lot of color in the room, it's best to go with white or neutral cabinets. There are many different shades of white to choose from, but all of them will help your room feel bright and fresh. White cabinets can also brighten up a dark room. Some good neutral colors for kitchen cabinets include light gray, dark gray, or greige (a mix of gray and beige). These neutrals will help ground your space and give you freedom to incorporate more playful colors via accessories and appliances.
Do not forget to prime if you want your paint to stick and to achieve a professional finish. You don't need many fancy tools to paint your cabinet doors—an angled brush and mini foam roller will do the trick. Try working in small sections with your angled brush and go over your work with the roller for a super-smooth finish. Once your paint has dried, do a final sanding with very fine grit sandpaper and apply a coat of satin polycrylic to make your cabinet doors extra durable. Once your cabinet doors are completely dry, you can reinstall them and put the hardware back on.
If you've decided to spray paint your kitchen cabinets, you'll want to buy a special sprayer to make it easier. If you try to do this job with basic cans of spray paint, your pointer finger will be sore in no time. Talk to the paint experts at your local hardware store about HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayers, which will give you much more control over the spray. This type of sprayer has a dial that allows you to use a targeted spray for nooks and crannies or a broader spray when you're covering the cabinets. HVLP sprayers are on the expensive side, so look for one that can hook up to an air compressor.
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