If a complete kitchen remodel is not in the budget, painting kitchen cupboards is a less-expensive alternative and can quickly update old cupboards. Use an oil-based paint or acrylic enamel to paint the cupboards, especially if they are structurally sound and in good condition, according to The Family Handyman.
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Preparing the Cupboards
Remove the cupboard doors by unscrewing the hinges with either a drill or a screwdriver. This will make it easier to paint the doors and ensure even coverage. Clean the cupboards prior to painting so the paint will adhere to the surface. White spirit or a similar product can effectively remove all the dirt and grime that has built up over the years. A fine grit sandpaper can sand off the current layer of paint. After sanding, apply a paint primer with either rollers or a brush. You don't need to paint the inside of the cupboards unless you just want to.
A paint sprayer can ensure an even, professional paint finish for the kitchen cupboards. The sprayer should be held several inches away from the cupboards. Surrounding surfaces should be covered in plastic to protect them. Sprayers can be rented at some hardware and home improvement stores. A paint sprayer can also be a suitable way to apply the primer to ensure an even finish. If using a paint sprayer for high volume, the low pressure setting should be used so the paint does not spray all over.
Rolling the Paint
Painting the cupboards with a roller will ensure, thick, even coverage in less time and without the brush strokes from a paint brush. Use a paint brush to reach any tight or areas difficult to reach. The roller can paint any wide, flat or open surfaces.
A paint brush will take longer to finish but it can add character to the kitchen cupboards with a brush- stroked finish. Allow the first layer of paint to dry before applying a second. A dry brush technique over a contrasting paint or natural wood finish could enhance a country or rustic look. A dry paint brush technique is dipping in the paint and wiping the excess away. Apply the paint to the cupboards in the direction of the wood grain and in even strokes. This technique enhances the grain surfaces of the wood and allows it to show through the finish. It looks similar to a weathering effect on painted wood. This technique can work with wood, stone or concrete counter tops.
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