Are you tired of looking at the same old kitchen cabinets or dream of having a new kitchen installed? Well, you’re certainly not alone. But you don’t always have to bring in the homebuilders in order to give your kitchen a makeover. There are some DIY things you can do that will improve the look of your home and give you a fresh new kitchen. Painting your cabinets is a simple and cost effective way to update your home decor in the kitchen and modernize your space.
So, how do you do it and where do you begin?
Well, if you’re not much of a painter or you don’t really fancy doing it yourself, you could always hire some professionals to do the job for you. But if you want to save some money, doing the painting yourself can be the best option.
The first thing you will want to do is to clear out everything from your cabinets and make sure everything on your countertops is cleared as well. The next thing to do is to remove the cabinet doors, by completely removing the hinges and hardware. Drawers should also be removed and cleared of any hardware.
If you plan to install new hardware, you’ll need to fill in the holes using a filler, so you can then drill new holes to suit your new hardware. New hardware can also improve the look of your updated kitchen and enhance your existing home decorations.
Once your doors and drawers are cleared of hardware, you should then sand them down. Remember to also sand down the rest of your cabinets, in all corners that you plan to paint. This will get rid of any residue on the surface and will help to smooth out the cabinets, making it easier for the paint to stick and be applied evenly.
The next step is to use a primer. This can help you get a more professional look and can help the paint to stay on your cabinets. The best tools to use for painting is a paint brush and a mini roller. Starting off with the brush and going over the areas with the roller can be an efficient way of painting the cabinets.
The type of paint you choose will depend on the look you’re hoping to achieve. You might find that a latex based paint is easier to work with than an oil based one, and is often easier to clean. A satin finish can work well for cabinets, giving a subtle sheen.
Color will be an important aspect of painting your kitchen, as this can make or break your overall aesthetics. Choose a color that will work with your countertops, if you’re not replacing them. Muted colors, such as grays and pastels, can be a good choice for most kitchens and can help to brighten up your space. But don’t be afraid to go bold. Dark cabinets will work where the rest of your home decor is light, such as black cabinets with white countertops and white walls. Or mix it up and have one bold statement wall in your kitchen and the rest a coordinated color in a more neutral tone. You might even choose to have the top cabinets a different color from the bottom ones, giving you a chance to show off your personality in style.