Paint 101: WHAT IS THE BEST PAINT FOR KITCHEN CABINETS- A complete guide to interiors by Painters in Austin

Paint 101: WHAT IS THE BEST PAINT FOR KITCHEN CABINETS- A complete guide to interiors by Painters in Austin

Are your kitchen cabinets looking drab lately? There are more budget friendly options than completely replacing them- one of them being a fresh new coat of paint. Here’s our guide on how to go on with the whole process of re-painting your kitchen cabinets starting from what paint to use to cleaning and maintenance.

  1. Choosing the right kind of paint:
  • Purchase the appropriate supplies for your type of cabinets: solid wood, laminate or metal.
  • Check the paint label on the can for specific instructions.
  • Wood cabinets are ideal for painting, but any surface that can be scuffed with sandpaper can be painted.
  • Laminate cabinets require a special bonding primer. The laminate must be in good condition for best results.
  • Choose a high-quality paint. Special cabinet paints are available that provide a smooth finish, but any high-quality paint should work.
  • Make sure your paint is acrylic, not vinyl. Acrylic latex-based paint is durable and easy to clean up.
  • With latex paints, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cure time.
  • A gloss finish will make your cabinets sheen, but it may show a lot of dings or mistakes. Semi-gloss or satin finishes are typically used for kitchens. Some flat finish paints can be difficult to clean. Check the instructions for details.
  1. Prepping:
  • Determine the condition of your cabinets. Surfaces that are already painted can be painted again if the existing paint is in good condition. If not, the old paint will need to be removed. Stripping products are available that make this process easy.
  • Simply apply with a brush, wait for the stripper to react with the old paint, then use a plastic scraper to peel it away. Once dry, remove the last of the paint with sandpaper.
  • Empty the cabinets. You will be sanding later, which might get dusty. Remove the doors, drawers and hardware. As you are removing the doors and drawers, label where they go with painter’s tape so you can reinstall them in the rights spots. Place the hardware in a plastic bag or cup and label where it goes.
  • Clean all surfaces with TSP cleaner to remove any grease and dirt. Repair damaged areas. Dents and holes can be filled with a wood filler. Use a putty knife to press it in and smooth it out. Let it dry according to the directions.
  • Cover your countertops, appliances and other areas you want to protect. Placing painter’s tape on the wall along the cabinet edges is helpful. Sand everything with a medium grit sandpaper to help the paint stick to the surface.
  1. Priming:
  • On the cabinet frames, work from the inside out. If you are painting the inside of the cabinets, start at the back and work toward the front. Use a brush to get into corners and detailed areas. It’s important to use even strokes and finish back into the wet primer.
  • Use a mini roller on large, flat areas. Primer does not have to look perfect. Its purpose is to cover the surface and provide a good base for the finish paint.
  • When you have covered the surface, take your dry roller or brush and lightly go over the surface once again to remove any buildup. This is called “laying off.”
  • Paint the doors and drawers. Remove the tape labels but keep them nearby. Start with the backside and apply a smooth even coat. When its dry, flip the door over and paint the front. Start with the detailed areas, making sure the primer does not pool in the corners, and feather out the edges.
  • Then work on the larger, flat surfaces with a foam roller. Use painter’s tripods to lift the doors and drawers up from your painting surface. This allows you to paint the edges more easily.
  1. Painting:
  • Start with the cabinet frames, using a high-quality brush for smaller areas and a foam roller for larger surfaces. The technique is the same as for the primer — use even strokes with the brush and finish the stroke back into the wet paint and feather out the edges. Also, remember to lay off after the surface has been painted.
  • On the cabinet doors and drawer fronts pieces, paint the backs, let them dry, then paint the fronts. Follow the paint directions for the correct dry time. Do not rush, let the paint completely cure.
  1. Reassembling:
  • Reassemble the cabinets and hardware. Use the labels to make sure the doors and drawers go back in the right spots.