Does your kitchen cabinet really need a unique and classic outlook? It’s obviously believed that changing the paints of the house and kitchen cabinet is just an easy task, however without good painting techniques and serious and important factors of home painting will always prevent an individual from achieving the best quality and attractive view of their house together with the kitchen and its cabinet.
A good and well-executed painting serves as an important defense line against weather, insects and other damages and therefore it’s a very important factor to keep our homes walls clean and brighter
- Choosing the right color
- Equipment and materials needed for painting job
- Step by the step painting process
- General techniques of using the sprayer
Choosing the right color
Once an individual has decided to paint his/her kitchen cabinet, he/she needs to choose which color to be used to achieve this process. With no set rules laid down on how the right color can be chosen, an individual may find it seriously difficult to get the best color that really suits her need.
However with the wide variety of colors and the various combination that is available therefore goes down to a personal level to choose the required color.
One of the easiest ways to get pointed to the best direction of choosing the right color to be used in painting your kitchen is to drive around the town and nearby buildings looking at various houses that their paints catch an individual’s attention. Then a person can then go ahead and obtain the expertise and recommendation of a special expert in the painting industry. This enables him/her to get exactly the best combination of colors to furnish the kitchen cabinet.
Equipment and materials needed for painting job
- Tape: A tape is needed to tap off ceiling and trim. It is also needed in creating stripes or working around a glass and finally it is used for creating a tighter seal among the edges.
- Dropcloth: With the presence of a drop cloth, it means that the painter will not have a difficult job when cleaning up the room later. This is because the drop cloth protects the floors and furniture from drips of paint
- Paint tray: The paint tray is able to hold a gallon of paint making it easy for the painter to apply the paint to the surface using a brush.
- Ladder: Most painters are always tempted to use chairs and tables to reach elevated cabinets. However, it is advised to use a ladder to reach such heights hence preventing the painter from falling off.
- Small brushes: The small brushes are used to do final touches on the painted surface hence ensuring that the painted surfaces remain smooth
- Sandpaper and Abrasives: are needed when the painter needs to remove the dust and the older paints from the surface of the doors and drawers
- Roller: The roller is always used to eliminate the splotchy effect left behind by other roller cover fiber
- Safety equipment and painter’s wear: This includes safety enhancer gears and masks such as a respirator, protective eyewear, accessories, and coveralls for protecting the painter from toxic paints.
- Wallpaper tools and paste: these include the various strippers, primers, paste, and tools that are important to remove or hang wallpapers.
- Pipe painter: This is a walking-like tool and is made of 5 individual mini-rollers which are mounted onto a spring that stretches around a pipe.
- Paint scrapper: Is also used to remove old paint from the surface of the wood and cabinet.
- Paint sprayer: This is a device that allows the spraying of paint through the air to the surface possible. The majority of the paint sprayer available employ compressed gas usually air so as to automate therefore it is able to direct the paint particles to the surface. When painting the kitchen cabinet an individual is needed to be able to swiftly and correctly use the sprayer.
However, if the individual has no experience in spraying using a spray painter then he/she should learn how to use the equipment before embarking on painting the kitchen cabinet. This can be achieved by using water and spraying it on the outside wall house. The process should be done continuously until the person has the exact skills needed when using a paint spray.
Step by the step painting process
Step 1: Empty the cabinet
Before starting to paint, it is always highly recommended that you empty the kitchen cabinet and also clearing all the contents on the counter and also removing all the other free-standing appliances.
It is always recommended that the painter tape the counter and the floors using a rosin paper and covering the windows, fixed appliances, and interior doorways by a plastic sheet with an aim of protecting them from dust and paint.
After this it therefore important to also mask off the wall around the kitchen cabinet to be painted and finally setting a worktable where all painting equipment needed are placed and also serves as a surface for painting the doors, drawers, and shelves.
Step 2: Remove the doors and other hardware
The process of painting a kitchen cabinet is started by removing all the doors and drawers and also ensuring that all pulls, knobs, latches and other remaining hardware from these parts are removed. The removed items should then be placed in a plastic bag where they can easily be found when required to be paced back. You should number each door according to the items removed and this will go a long way helping when fitting back the removed items.
Step 3: Clean the Surface
The next step is to clean the surface. Since the kitchen is majorly a work area, therefore all sorts of dust, grease, food splatters and steam are very common. The surfaces need to be painted should then be cleaned first before sanding and painting is done. These surfaces can be cleaned by a solution of one tri-sodium phosphate with some water and then allowed to dry properly.
Step 4: Sanding
You should lightly and keenly sand the doors with special attention given to the door edges using a wood sanding block. When sanding, there is no need to remove the older paints in case you know that the new paint will properly adhere with the existing paint.
Actually one needs to just roughen the surfaces so that when the new paint is sprayed, it firmly and adhesively stick to the cabinet’s surface. One is urged to thoroughly sand the dust from all the cabinet surfaces and this can easily be achieved using a high pneumatic air compressor, you should then wipe the entire surfaces sanded with the wooden sand using a tack cloth so as to thoroughly remove any remaining dust and sanding residue on these surfaces.
Step 5: Premier sealer
The next crucial step is to apply an even coat of the premier sealer which is applied in all the surfaces needed to be painted so as to ensure that the paint is well bonded with the surface. The premier sealer also helps in providing a good base for semi-gloss and water based paints which help the cabinet surface resist stains and water is easily wiped from it.
Step 6: Painting with a Paint Sprayer
This is obviously the apex point when one needs to be extremely attentive and keen when painting. Since painting with the sprayer is not an easy task, one must practice the use of the spray until he/she satisfied that the job of painting the cabinet can be done smoothly and perfectly. A paint sprayer is a lot faster than a painting brush and also the painting done is considered to be unique and better than brush paints.
The only challenging factor that is challenging when using spray paint is that the person should always consider the weather and room temperature before using the sprayer by not spray-painting when the temperature of the room is below 45 degrees and also when it’s above 75 degrees.
You should also avoid painting the kitchen cabinet when there is direct sunlight coming through the window since too much heat from the sun will always dry the paint too fast and therefore the paint won’t adhere properly and firmly with the surface.
Also, it is worth noting that the paint should not be applied when there is cold because this makes the paint to dry slowly thereby attracting bugs and dust particles.
Before renting the work of painting using the sprayer, an individual should do the preparation work by clearing the work area of tripping and removing the various objects that may snag the sprayer horses.
Also, windows that are near the cabinet should be protected by masking off or covering them with drop cloths. This ensures that the paint used in painting the kitchen cabinet won’t be able to stick to these windows.
When using the sprayer, the user should wear spraying gear which prevents the paints from dropping into your eyes. The painting mask will also help you keep your lungs and brains from filling with dust and the toxic paint smell.
Once the sprayer hoses are clean, then the painting is ready to go on. For a smooth even coat, the sprayer and the materials used for painting should be prepared and thinned in accordance to the manufacturer’s guidelines. It is recommended that before spraying the sprayer is clean and properly loaded with the compressor set at the right pressure.
General techniques of using the sprayer
During the spraying session always move your arms in a wide-sweeping motion while also ensuring that your hand are kept as still as possible and in the back of mind ensuring that the sprayer is in a straight line as the work is being accomplished.
It is also encouraged that when using the sprayer nozzle perpendicularly for about 10 to 12 inches away from the cabinet surface. It is always known that a slight change in the inch distance highly affects the amount of paint being used and when the distance between the sprayer nozzle and the surface is large, more paint will be used and thus resulting in an increase in cost. The painter should also avoid tilting the sprayer either upwards or downwards as this may cause spitting and result in uneven application.
It is also highly recommended that the painter should overlap each pass by almost half the width of the spray coverage area thereby leaving light areas and causing stripes formation. When spraying the painter should always try to test and adjust the spraying equipment a pattern wanted by the painter is achieved. It’s also recommended that when the pattern is too narrow too much paint may be applied to the area, therefore bringing the emergence of runs.
When applying the paints on the cabinet it is very important to consider doing the corners and the protrusions first before finishing with the large and fairly flatty area of the cabinet. When spraying the various corners also ensure that the sprays stroke is aimed vertically at those corners. This goes greater length in enhancing the cabinet’s paint design making it look exactly new.
After completing the corners and all other surfaces of the cabinet is painted it important to step back and examine keenly the entire cabinet and noting the various surfaces that are not painted or are not properly sprayed. You can go on and rectify this by spraying the paints attentively on those parts so that they become perfectly painted as the rest of the kitchen cabinets parts.
With most sprayers having a tip guard to protect its users from being injected with paints, it’s occasionally critical to consider how effectively you use the sprayer after the painting job is done. This is achieved through removing the finger from the trigger of the sprayer and afterward wiping off the guard with a clean rag and not your own finger. This is because when the guard is wiped using the finger the paint buildup at the tip may be damaged hence making the sprayer turn defective on other occasions when being used making the spray pattern from the sprayer to be affected resulting in imperfect paint lines in cabinet surfaces.
It is basically important to know that some spray applications require back brushing and back rolling. These two important activities involve brushing or rolling on the sprayed surfaces and corners to get the evenest coat and also achieving better penetration. The sprayer hence becomes the fastest way to get the paint onto the surface with particularly back brushing the uncompleted or previously stained surfaces.
Painting old kitchen cabinets can help in bringing a new life to the owner of such items by creating a unique magnificent change to your kitchen and the house as a whole. Spray painting enables you to retain your old fashion and even modern cabinet to look in such a manner that is attracting a lot of attention appeals to everyone in the house, therefore, creating that unique trust to the house and kitchen by other family members.
For you, the homeowner who is completely interested in remodeling and painting your kitchen cabinet by using the color that actually appeal to you, you can achieve this can easily by using the modern spray paints which are very effective and easy to use giving you the power to change your house look whenever you feel like.
From the technical point, homeowners need to employ an appropriate and effective method of changing their kitchen cabinet by firstly ensuring that they have the expertise to spray the paint needed and the painting should much and complement with the painting of the house.
Spray painting the kitchen cabinet is not only important activity to the homeowner but is also very full of fun especially when an individual takes the step to paint his cabinet on his own making him have the feeling of always appreciating how lovely his kitchen together with its cabinet is and this is one good way to achieving a lovely and peaceful environment in your own house.