New year, new cabinets: Painting instead of replacing | Home and Garden

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and cabinets are the most important feature. If your cabinets are in good bones but tired and out of date, consider painting them.

Painting is a great way to breathe new life into your cabinets for a fraction of the cost of replacing.

Remove the doors and drawer fronts. Label each one with a number and its position with a coordinating number.

Then remove all parts, cables, buttons and hinges.

Cleaning, sanding & repairing

Cleaning is very important. Use a good grease cleaner to remove spilled grease, dirt, and food.

Now it’s time to remove the little bumpers on the inside of the doors. In addition to the fronts, we recommend painting the back of the doors.

After cleaning, sand the housing, doors and drawer fronts with medium-grain sandpaper. Now is the time to make necessary repairs like re-gluing joints, sealing cracks, and filling deeper notches.

Protect the area with tape, plastic, or falling cloths.

First, use a stain-blocking binding primer, e.g. B. a good primer based on shellac. Regardless of which primer you use, be sure to use the recommended solvent for cleaning.

Apply two coats of primer to all surfaces to be painted. After the primer has dried, lightly sand all surfaces with a medium-fine sanding sponge.

Oil and latex paints each have their advantages and disadvantages.

Latex dries quickly and is easy to clean. Oil paint gives you a tougher, more durable finish, but it does require a solvent to clean.

For furniture, a satin, satin or glossy surface offers the best durability.

A water-based alkyd product specially developed for furniture construction is popular with professional painters. It has excellent fluidity and leveling, is a low odor and VOC formula that cleans with soap and water. It offers a tough finish that can withstand repeated washes.

Spraying gives you the smoothest results, but is more difficult to tinker with if you don’t have the right equipment.

When it comes to brushes, choose a good quality brush with fine bristles for a seamless look.

Rollers are available in different materials. Microfiber, foam and mohair are just a few of them. A mini mohair roll topper with a very fine nap works well.

Whether you’re spraying, brushing, or rolling the doors and drawers, apply the primer and paint it flat. Apply to the back first and then to the front.

Apply at least two coats. You may want to sand lightly between coats with a very fine grain sanding sponge, but this is not required.

The longer the paint dries, the more durable its surface. Let the cabinets dry for at least 24 hours. However, it’s even better to let them dry for two or three days.

Once everything is completely dry, replace the hinges and fittings, re-hang the doors, and reattach the drawer fronts.

Dawn Griffith is the owner of Chippewa Valley Painting and a member of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association. Home visits are made by association members. For more information please call 715-835-2526 or send an email to [email protected]

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