Having new kitchen cabinets is amazing! They look so fresh and new. You can’t help but feel happy in that space. The only thing is, paint doesn’t come cheap. If you’re trying to save money or just don’t feel like spending the dough, here are some ways to update your kitchen cabinets without having to take them down. From changing out cabinet knobs and handles, installing crown molding and decorative trim, to painting the doors with a solid color, these are some easy ways to freshen up your cabinets!. In this blog post, we show how to paint kitchen cabinets.
What You’ll Need
In order to paint your cabinets, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Paint (choose according to what look you’re going for)
- Painter’s tape
- Drywall mud (optional)
Remove the Drawers
If you want to update your kitchen cabinets, there are a few ways to do it without removing them. One way is to remove the drawers from the cabinets. This can be done by loosening some screws and then pulling the drawer out. It’s important that you don’t force it or else it might break.
Remove Excess Glue
Start by making sure you have all the materials. You’ll need a paint tray, a 2″ brush, a roller, and some painter’s tape.
Take off anything that is going to be in your ways, such as handles, knobs, and hinges.
You can use an X-Acto knife to remove excess glue on the cabinet edge if needed.
Put painter’s tape along the edges of your cabinets where you don’t want the paint to go.
Paint the door with a solid color using a 2″ brush or roller. If you’re doing this inside, use acrylic paint; if it’s outside, use oil-based paint. Allow the first coat to dry for at least 3 hours before applying another coat.
Prep the room
The first thing you need to do is prep the space. This includes removing any items from the space you’re about to paint and taping off any trim or detail work. Next, wash down the cabinets with soap and water to remove anything that might get in the way of your paint job.
Remove the doors, drawers, and shelves
Start by removing the doors, drawers, and shelves from the kitchen cabinets. You’ll want to start with them so you can paint those first. Once all of these parts are removed, set them aside in a place where they won’t get dirty while you’re painting.
Clean all the surfaces
First, clean all the surfaces you’ll be working on with a mixture of baking soda and water. Don’t forget to wear gloves if you’re handling anything with harsh chemicals.
Prep the boxes
If you don’t want to paint your kitchen cabinets, the next best thing is to change out the knobs and handles. This is an easy way to give them a new look without having to take them down. You can also install crown molding and decorative trim for an updated look.
To prep, the boxes, wipe them down with some mineral spirits or any other cleaner that will help remove any grease/wax/etc. Once they’re clean and dry, you can then sand them if necessary. If it’s not sanded already, use 120 grit paper on any cabinets that are unpainted or stripped.
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Prime the cabinet boxes
The first step is to prime the cabinet boxes. This will ensure your new paint job doesn’t peel off and your cabinets are protected from the elements. If you’re painting a light color, use an oil-based primer. If you’re painting a dark color, use a water-based primer.
Sand, caulk, and fill any cracks
One important step in painting kitchen cabinets is sanding. Take your time to sand down the old paint and make sure you get any dirt and grime that may be hiding. Next, take a damp cloth and wipe off all the dust. If there are any cracks or holes, use caulking to fill them. This will seal it up nicely so the new paint doesn’t chip off while you’re painting.
Paint the cabinet boxes
All you need to do to update your cabinets is paint the cabinet boxes! This is a great option if you’re on a budget and just want to change the color of your kitchen. I recommend painting the inside of the cabinet boxes first so that it doesn’t bleed onto your new paint. You can also use oil-based paint for this step, which will adhere better to the surface. We used a blue-gray color for our cabinets, but you can always go with a bold color like yellow or red if you want. You’ll be surprised how quickly it dries and how nice it looks when you’re done!
Once they were dry, we used white paint on the outside of our cabinet boxes. If you want them to have a more matte finish, you can use eggshell or semi-gloss paint instead of glossier paint as we did. To keep your new cabinets clean and looking their best, I would recommend using gloves when handling food and wiping up spills right away.
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Prep, prime, and paint the doors, drawers, and shelves
If you’re committed to painting your kitchen cabinets, the first step is to remove all the doors and drawers. This will make it easier to paint everything at once and you won’t have to worry about overspray on the inside of the cabinet. Next, you’ll want to prep, prime, and paint all of the surfaces that will be exposed.
-Don’t forget to wipe down any surfaces that need it before painting.
-Prime with a white primer because it will help to keep your paint from peeling off later on.
-Use high-quality latex paint for best results.
-Once everything is dry, put your doors back on!
Put back all the pieces
The first thing you will want to do is remove all the pieces. This includes doors, hardware, and any other hardware that is on the inside or outside of the cabinets. Make sure there are no nails or screws left in the cabinet frames either.
The big day has finally come – you are ready to paint your kitchen! Get started with these steps and before you know it, you will be able to take pride in your new kitchen. more