Do your cabinets look worn out? If you’re thinking about refinishing your cabinets, you can really make them look however you want. Refinishing is much less costly than replacement. Even though it can be a lot of work, it can really pay off. Painting cabinets is really popular right now. With all of the different finished to choose from, you can create something that is unique and attractive without a lot of hard work or spending a lot of money.
Paint is a good option if you want to cover up inconsistencies or defects in the wood. Paint can be used to create a uniform finish on imperfect cabinets. You can use an oil-based paint for a smoother finish, but the drying time is a lot longer and the clean up can be more difficult. Latex paints are great for cabinets, produce a nice finish, clean up easily, and can be easier to work with. Really it’s up to you to decide which one you prefer.
Some professionals prefer oil-based paints, but others rarely use it anymore. If you choose latex paint, check to see that it is made with acrylic. Some latex paints are made with vinyl and acrylic. These do not adhere as well and are not as durable as 100% acrylic latex paints.
Spraying on the finish paint produces the best results. It can be time consuming to cover everything in the kitchen to protect it from the spray, but take your time and be diligent about covering everything before you begin. You can skip this step if you take the doors and drawer fronts outside to spray them. Then, use a really good brush to paint the body of the cabinets. Renting professional paint spray equipment may be a good idea to ensure that you get a perfect spray.
Preparing your cabinets for painting is very important. It can be almost impossible to predict how an old finish will adhere with your paint. Stripping the cabinets is a long process, but a necessary one. If the cabinets have a hard clear coat, you may need to use paint remover to get it off. Follow all safety precautions on the container when you use these harsh chemicals.
After the finish is removed, you will need to use a fine grit sandpaper to remove the residues and leftover finish from the cabinets. Then, all dust must be removed from the cabinets. Many people use mineral spirits on a staining cloth to remove residues with a lot of success. However, we also recommend using a tack cloth to remove particles that you can’t see. Being diligent about this process will pay off.
Before you paint your cabinets, you may want to update the design. You can create beautiful framework for your cabinets before you paint them. Some people simply trim out the edges of the cabinet body with a thin, 1-2 inch wide board. This gives the finished product a more high-end feel. You can also miter a wood dowel to create frames for decoration on the fronts of your cabinet doors and drawers. Just be sure that you use a hardwood dowel so that it isn’t easily damaged.
Painting cabinets may seem like a daunting task, but most people can accomplish professional looking results with no previous experience. Take your time and you can inexpensively give your kitchen a major makeover.
About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc., which makes a high quality wood dowel and the best hardwood dowel on the market. They also create wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import from off-shore when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for all of your wood product needs.