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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets: A Tip or Two

by Judi Sandall
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If you've decided it might be a good idea to paint your kitchen cabinets to get that new look you want without a lot of expense, you'll want to plan ahead.

Three Things to Think through before You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Here are some preparatory considerations before getting started:

  1. Check out pictures of kitchens in design magazines or online. It's a good idea to integrate what you already have in your kitchen with your new paint color. When selecting a cabinet paint color, consider what colors are already in your kitchen--countertops, walls, floors, and appliances. Integration is key. You want your kitchen to look "pulled together" once you've gone to all the work of repainting your cabinets.
  2. Choosing the proper paint. Acrylic latex or oil based paint? Latex is easier to apply, dries quicker, and cleans up with soap and water but can take longer to completely "cure." And the latex finish may always feel a little "soft." Oil-based paint is still favored by some professionals because it forms a smoother, more durable finish that stands up to cleaning. The Paint Quality Institute provides information that can help you make an informed choice.
  3. Proper preparation is crucial. When you paint your kitchen cabinets, the project can go totally off the rails if you don't follow the three P's--Prep, Prime, Paint. You will forever regret taking any short cuts. In addition to removing and numbering hardware so you can replace it, prepare your kitchen by masking and putting down drop cloths. You also need to prepare the cabinet surfaces you're going to paint.

The Internet has a wealth of information to help you plan the project, pick your paint, prepare and prime, and finally paint your kitchen cabinets.


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