If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, our real estate agents will advise you that you'll get the best return on investment from a fresh paint job. You can take years off the face of a kitchen by painting the cabinets. Our North Canton homes for sale are selling quickly, as are our Akron homes for sale, and fetching good prices, but with these five steps to a gorgeous kitchen, you can demand even more.
- Make a plan
Consider your budget, your time, and your expertise. You will have to decide between spraying and brushing. Spraying has the advantages of more durable lacquers, faster drying times, and smoother results. Brushing means no overspray and no expensive equipment. While an air compressor and spray gun can be rented at most home improvement stores, it will still take a little practice to achieve the best results. Drying time for spray lacquers is as short as a half-hour as opposed to about 24 hours for brushed enamels.
- Make preparations
Consider how you are going to manage food while the kitchen is out of commission. Remove all hardware and, if you aren't replacing it, clean it thoroughly and put it aside carefully. When you remove the drawers and doors, label each one as to where it belongs. Place your designation where it will later be covered by hardware and cover it with a piece of masking tape. Mask off all surfaces that will not be painted with rosin paper or plastic, taping it down carefully. Using a strong cleaner like Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), clean all traces of kitchen grease and grime.
- Apply primer
Before you begin to paint, you will need to sand the surfaces to remove old stains and paint, as well as surface nicks and scratches. When the surface is smooth, clean all the dust with a tack cloth. Pay particular attention to any corners where dust and dirt could collect. Prime the boxes and the backs of the doors and drawers. When the primer is thoroughly dry, treat the exterior. When all surfaces are dry, buff them with 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to remove dust particles and repeat the process. Allow the second coat to dry and buff again with a 280-grit paper, wiping once again with the tack cloth. Hint: Suspending the doors from cup hooks screwed into the edge can save drying time.
- Apply paint
Start with the boxes and apply the first coat of paint, from top to bottom. Repeat with the drawers and doors, starting with the backs and allowing them to dry as you did in the priming step. Use a roller to paint the insides of the cabinets. After allowing the first coat to dry, lightly sand with 600-grit paper to remove brush strokes and drips. Clean with a tack cloth. Repeat the process. Allow the final coat to cure for at least 24 hours, whether you have opted for the spray or brush method.
- Re-assemble cabinets
If you are using the original hardware, you can make it look like new by cleaning with a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water. Scrub it with a soft toothbrush and buff it with a soft cloth to restore the finish. One at a time, remove the masking tape from the doors and install them in their proper places. Clean up the mess and let your new cabinets shine!
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