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What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

BHG.com Kitchens Kitchen Cabinets Cabinet Makeovers Choosing Paint for Cabinets Here’s how to choose a durable and long-lasting paint for your kitchen cabinets—and give your kitchen a whole new look. By Renee Freemon Mulvihill Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE Add a new coat of paint to drab, dated kitchen cabinets and transform your kitchen at a budget-friendly price. Several different types of paint will work for the job and they all have specific advantages and disadvantages. Before applying any paint, be sure to clean and sand the surface and apply a primer. Which primer you choose will depend on the type of cabinets you’re painting. “For stained wood, bare wood, glossy surfaces, laminate, and surfaces you’re not sure of, reach for oil-base primer,” says Danielle Hirsch, a designer and color expert. Water-base or latex primers won’t provide the best adhesion to oil stain or glossy surfaces, she explains. She recommends using a quick-dry oil primer, some of which dry faster than latex versions. Keep in mind that although you can paint glossy plastic laminate surfaces, it’s likely to only be a temporary fix for cabinets that are used every day. For the topcoat, you can choose either an oil-base paint or a water-base latex paint. Oil paints form a harder shell when they dry, so they tend to be more durable. However, they have a strong odor, take longer to dry, and are more difficult to clean up. Latex paints, meanwhile, minimize toxic fumes, dry quickly, and can be easily cleaned up with soap and water. Waterborne acrylic enamel paint is a third option. This type of paint offers the hard shell of oil paint without the strong odors and long drying times. However, it’s a little more difficult to apply because it starts to harden very quickly. “If you have to go in with a brush after it tacks up, the brush will leave channel-like streaks in the final coating,” Hirsch says. “If you’re not familiar with its characteristics, it could be a little tricky.” continue reading below Regardless of what paint you choose, plan to apply two or three coats for extra durability. If you’re working with latex paint, you may also want to add a layer of polyurethane on top to protect the paint. Choose paint with a higher sheen to make the cabinets easier to clean; semigloss is a good choice. For the smoothest finish, Hirsch recommends using a paint sprayer. If you’re not comfortable with that option, she recommends using a foam roller to apply the paint, then using a brush to spread the paint and create a smooth finish. Luckily, if you make a mistake—or decide you don’t like the color—you can always paint the cabinets again. “Light sanding, followed by paint topped with polyurethane and they’ll look like new,” Hirsh says. More For You Kitchen Colors for Dark Cabinets If you have dark cabinets in your kitchen, learn what wall color will work with them. Colorful Cabinetry Browse inspiring kitchens with painted cabinetry. How to Paint Cabinets How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE Popular In Cabinet Makeovers Painting Metal Cabinets Stylish Ideas for Kitchen Cabinet Doors Choosing Paint for Cabinets More Cabinet Makeovers Load More
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What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

BHG.com Kitchens Kitchen Cabinets Cabinet Makeovers Choosing Paint for Cabinets Here’s how to choose a durable and long-lasting paint for your kitchen cabinets—and give your kitchen a whole new look. By Renee Freemon Mulvihill Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE Add a new coat of paint to drab, dated kitchen cabinets and transform your kitchen at a budget-friendly price. Several different types of paint will work for the job and they all have specific advantages and disadvantages. Before applying any paint, be sure to clean and sand the surface and apply a primer. Which primer you choose will depend on the type of cabinets you’re painting. “For stained wood, bare wood, glossy surfaces, laminate, and surfaces you’re not sure of, reach for oil-base primer,” says Danielle Hirsch, a designer and color expert. Water-base or latex primers won’t provide the best adhesion to oil stain or glossy surfaces, she explains. She recommends using a quick-dry oil primer, some of which dry faster than latex versions. Keep in mind that although you can paint glossy plastic laminate surfaces, it’s likely to only be a temporary fix for cabinets that are used every day. For the topcoat, you can choose either an oil-base paint or a water-base latex paint. Oil paints form a harder shell when they dry, so they tend to be more durable. However, they have a strong odor, take longer to dry, and are more difficult to clean up. Latex paints, meanwhile, minimize toxic fumes, dry quickly, and can be easily cleaned up with soap and water. Waterborne acrylic enamel paint is a third option. This type of paint offers the hard shell of oil paint without the strong odors and long drying times. However, it’s a little more difficult to apply because it starts to harden very quickly. “If you have to go in with a brush after it tacks up, the brush will leave channel-like streaks in the final coating,” Hirsch says. “If you’re not familiar with its characteristics, it could be a little tricky.” continue reading below Regardless of what paint you choose, plan to apply two or three coats for extra durability. If you’re working with latex paint, you may also want to add a layer of polyurethane on top to protect the paint. Choose paint with a higher sheen to make the cabinets easier to clean; semigloss is a good choice. For the smoothest finish, Hirsch recommends using a paint sprayer. If you’re not comfortable with that option, she recommends using a foam roller to apply the paint, then using a brush to spread the paint and create a smooth finish. Luckily, if you make a mistake—or decide you don’t like the color—you can always paint the cabinets again. “Light sanding, followed by paint topped with polyurethane and they’ll look like new,” Hirsh says. More For You Kitchen Colors for Dark Cabinets If you have dark cabinets in your kitchen, learn what wall color will work with them. Colorful Cabinetry Browse inspiring kitchens with painted cabinetry. How to Paint Cabinets How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE
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What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Make sure your paint is well-stirred, then pour the paint into a paint tray. Load a roller or brush with paint. Start with cabinet doors, which will take longer to paint because you’ll need to allow dry time before you turn them over to paint the opposite side. If your shelves are adjustable and the inside of your cabinets needs a fresh coat of paint, now is the time to start painting them, as well. If they have never been painted, don’t start now. Paint cabinets with light coats. Painting thinner coats mean fewer drips for a high-quality paint job. Be prepared to apply at least two coats per side when painting kitchen cabinets. Don’t Paint Kitchen Cabinets Until You Read This!
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What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

Buy the Right Kitchen Cabinet Paint You’ll need to choose between acrylic enamel paint and alkyd paint for cabinets. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. A self-leveling paint that levels out the brush marks as the paint dries for a super smooth finish is often a good choice for painting kitchen cabinets. It does, however, set up fairly quickly, which can make blending brushstrokes tricky. Paint Cabinets with These Top Colors
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What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

Prep Work is Everything Transformed by paint and new hardware, the cabinets now the focal point of a brighter, more welcoming kitchen. Before starting, remove doors, drawers and all hardware. Doors and drawers should be identified in an inconspicuous spot (mark the bottom edge of a door, for instance) to avoid mixing them up later. “Surface prep,” says sales representative Brett Shinn, of Harrison Paint Corp., “is at least 75 percent, maybe as much as 90 percent, of the success of a repaint.” When the existing finish is a clearcoat, according to Benjamin Moore do-it-yourself product coordinator Bob Bonadies, the best route is to strip the finish to bare wood before painting. Some painting contractors agree. Stripping cabinets to bare wood eliminates a potential adhesion problem between the old finish and the new paint. Finishes typically used on manufactured wood cabinets include catalyzed lacquer and conversion varnish, both extremely hard when cured. If stripping is the option you choose, Bonadies suggests a light sanding with 150- or 180-grit sandpaper after the old finish has been removed. Sanding dust should be removed with a tack cloth or a soft cloth dampened with odorless mineral spirits. Stripping may be ideal, but it is not always practical and, according to some painting contractors and manufacturers, is not absolutely necessary (particularly if your cabinets have already been painted). If the job is intended as a short-term improvement, a thorough cleaning, followed by a light sanding, is all you need to prepare the surface for new paint. Ordinary household cleaners should remove most grime, but if that doesn’t do the trick you might want a stronger cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), which is sold at hardware and paint stores. Just make sure you follow safety precautions on the container and use rubber gloves and eye protection. Some home centers also offer a TSP substitute, but this product does not etch the surface as well. Once cabinets are clean, they should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Edward Cseh, a technical-services representative with Glidden, warns that if you plan on using an alkyd paint, it is best to avoid any cleaner containing ammonia. There is no effective way to neutralize the cleaner, Cseh says, and ammonia lingering on the surface will cause paint topcoats to yellow. Nicks and dings should be filled with nonshrinking putty. Most types of putty are rock-hard once they dry, so removing as much excess as possible as you go along will save time later. Once the putty has dried, cabinets can be sanded. Many painters use 120-grit paper, although 150- or 180-grit leaves a slightly smoother surface. When the prep is complete, what you should have, according to Cseh, is a “clean, dry and dull” surface.

What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets

What Paint To Use On Kitchen Cabinets
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