Instead of getting professional help, DIY remodel your existing kitchen cabinets to give it a new dazzling look. Spray painting kitchen cabinets, all on your own, with colors of your choice. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think when you use an HVLP spray gun. Use our guide below to learn how to do it.With the upcoming festive season, cleaning and renovating your abode becomes the priority in almost everyone’s mind. And why not! Each and every corner of your home should be specking clean and equally pretty, but who wouldn’t agree that all this cleaning and renovation comes at a cost, a heavy cost in fact.
How about repainting some of those cabinets and cupboards to save a penny or two?
Spray paint your kitchen cabinets and you could actually save a lot while repainting your kitchen. Also, if you really think your cabinet has gone old and thus needs to be discarded, you can put a bright color to it and use it elsewhere in your home. And the most important thing … All it takes is having the right tools, which come rather low cost, and some work and sweat as you do it; plus a weekend of your time. Let’s try out this rather short and easy tutorial.
Main things required:
- Kitchen cabinet
- 3-4 days of time
- Spray paint
- HVLP Paint sprayer
- Paint brush (for touch-ups)
- Electric sander
- Easy driller
- Drop cloth
- Damp cloth
- Measuring tape
- Screwdriver and wrench
Find the best colors of spray paint for kitchen cabinets to match your color scheme or personal tastes. (Well, the traditional colors are the light and pale ones, though to add quirk to the entire look, bright colors too do really well.)
How to spray paint kitchen cabinets:
To start, you need to recognize the kind of cabinet you would use. Since we are not professional painters here doing the project, let us stick to cupboards with minimal designs on the surface. The plainer the surface is, the easier for you to repaint. Painting a surface with engravings on it can mean leaving bubbles on it, lending it a hideous look. Also, since it will be a home-painted DIY cupboard, there might be some paint brush marks left on the face.
Step 1: Clean
Well, the primary thing for any DIY project is the preparation. In this project, preparation includes cleaning the cupboard along with the entire area where you are planning to put it, be it the walls or the corners. Cleaning a cupboard includes taking out the drawers and doors, taking out and cleaning the hinges against rust, dusting every inch of it. Make sure you write numbers against all hinges to keep re-installation easy for you. Once you have uninstalled every part of it, lay out all the doors and drawers on a flat surface, remove grease from every part of it, and paste a tape on each and every hinge hole. Repeat for the cupboard case too.
Step 2: Scuff
Before you repaint your cabinet, make sure you have scuffed off the already existing paint.
Step 3: Repair
We never bother, but once you start spray painting your kitchen cabinets, you’d find some holes or scratches to be repaired on the surface of your cupboard. Then some would form while scuffing too. To keep the surface even, it thus becomes a must to fix holes and scratches, use putty and putty-knife to fill them all. Let it dry.
Step 4: Primer
Before you start spray repainting it, make sure to coat it with a layer of primer, using a paint brush or an HVLP primer gun. This step doesn’t need a uniform stroke, so using a roller at this stage is not at all advised. Use a rather low-cost, disposable brush if you don’t have the paint gun. Let it dry.
Step 5: Primer finishing
Remove any extra brushstrokes or bristles that might be left behind using sandpaper. Use putty to fill in any other holes you see and apply another quick coat of primer. To apply a smooth layer of spray paint for kitchen cupboards, finishing off with a smooth surface with primer is important.
Step 6: The main. The paint
The market is full of several HVLP sprayers, which make the easiest tools to repaint your wood. Whenever you start refinishing it, always start from a corner of the cabinet. Since it is your old kitchen cabinet, we suggest that you use some glossy or semi-glossy paint as you would be able to wipe any stains off it. To start repainting, pour the required amount into a bucket, add thinner and water to it as suggested. Start with the frames of the cabinet, where you can use a high quality brush. The rest of the main surface can be done by a sprayer.
Step 7: Finishing
Once done, see if you would really need to top it with polish. Finally, assemble each part back!
Precautions. Yes, there are several precautionary steps to be taken.
You would need to keep your face and arms covered as you scuff off the surface, apply primer, and repaint it. Along with, you should also keep the area well ventilated while doing it. Each time you complete a layer of polishing or painting, give it ample time to dry. Though you’d like to involve your kids too, but always oversee when they are at work.
We’d advise you to explore the colors you would like to play with. Don’t merely go with what your home styling magazines suggest. Dual-tone are quite a trend these days, you might like to play with two tones, or probably two contrasting colors! However, kitchen is one place that needs to be well-ventilated and well-lit, always. And so, white and other pastel colors often suit this part of your home the best.