Knowing what type of paint is meant for kitchen cabinets is one thing — knowing which paints go on everything else is another.
You still need to study the suitable paints for areas near the stove, the sink, and the ceiling. The kitchen is similar to an arena — splatters, dings, and stains are inevitable. This is where the culinary magic happens (even the failed attempts).
The best paint for the kitchen is one that will survive and even thrive despite the onslaught of weathering elements it’s bombarded with. There’s no one-size-fits-all paint for every part of the kitchen. You’ll also have to consider several factors, like the aesthetic and size of your kitchen. Some paints are more practical than others.
What Is Paint Finish?
The paint finish or sheen is the degree of gloss a finished coat of paint has once dried.
There are five classifications to indicate a paint’s glossiness:
- Matte (Flat)
- High-Gloss or Gloss
What Paint Finishes Are Best for the Kitchen?
1. Eggshell Paint Finish
An eggshell finish is perfect for the walls of a kitchen with little traffic and minimal exposure to outdoor elements.
This is one of the best paints for kitchen cabinets. A semi-gloss paint finish suits cabinets near stoves or ovens best. If your home has antique oak cabinets, the semi-gloss will hide their imperfections and is also washable.
Using paints of this quality will make your kitchen cabinets look brand-new and is suitable for low ceilings. There’s no need to worry about hard-to-reach grease splatters. With this paint, cleaning your ceiling is made easy.
A semi-tiled cooking area can use semi-gloss paint. The walls aren’t as exposed to stains and splatters, making it an excellent choice if you want a touch of gloss.
The satin paint finish is the right paint choice if your kitchen is a high-traffic area. If your kitchen windows and doors are often open, satin is the most suitable option. Plus, you can wash it with just soap and water.
Aside from the kitchen walls, satin works for the ceilings as well. When cooking, residue can cling to the roof. Thankfully, washing it is doable with a satin finish.
If there’s a right paint for vintage kitchen cabinets, there’s also one for the modern variant: an appealing high-gloss paint finish.
Look for hybrid high-gloss paints. They’re eco-friendly, don’t have a strong smell, and resist stains and fingerprints. The quality will also last for a long time — appearance- and color-wise.
What Materials Should You Prepare?
Aside from the paint itself, you also have to prepare the following:
- Square Brush: A three- or four-inch-wide square brush is perfect for flat and large panels.
- Angled Brush: For the moldings and door frames, use a 2.5- or three-inch-wide synthetic angled brush.
- Roller: Get a four- or six-inch foam roller for the face frames and sides of your kitchen cabinets.
- HVLP Sprayer: If you’re not a fan of hand-brushed results, a paint sprayer is for you. They’re easy to use and offer the best results.
How To Prep Kitchen Cabinets for Painting
Now that you have everything you need, the next step is to prepare your kitchen cabinets.
1. Prepare the room.
Remove as much clutter as possible.
- Empty the cabinets.
- Clear the countertops.
- Move out appliances, tables, and chairs.
- Use plastic sheets to cover the walls and floor; secure them with painter’s tape.
- Set up a worktable.
2. Disassemble the doors, drawers, and shelves of your cabinets.
For easier painting, remove the doors, drawers, and shelves. Label each part, and set aside all the screws.
3. Clean all the surfaces.
Use household cleaners to remove grime and dirt buildup. Wash the surfaces thoroughly, and let them dry.
4. Prep the cabinets.
Wear safety equipment. Using 100-grit sandpaper, sand all the cabinet surfaces. Vacuum them inside and out to remove dust. Use a tack cloth to wipe them down afterward.
5. Prime the cabinets.
Use a primer to prepare the surface. This will make the layer consistent for painting.
6. Sand, and use spackle.
Use 220-grit paper to sand the cabinets. If there are dents or open seams, use a latex caulk to fill them. When they dry, use 280-grit sandpaper. Vacuum them, and wipe them with a tack cloth.
7. Paint the cabinet boxes, shelves, doors, and drawers.
Two coats of your preferred paint will do the job. If you’re painting over a dark finish, three coats of paint may be necessary. Let the paint dry between each coat.
8. Reassemble your kitchen cabinets.
Once all the parts are dry, reassemble everything. This will be a relatively easy task with labels.
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