DIY Hack: Transform Your Kitchen by Painting Cabinets

13th July 2018

Lakeland Furniture's DIY hack: Painting cabinets in the kitchen

Are you bored with your current kitchen? Or are you looking to sell your house soon? Or, simply, do you just want a new project to focus on? Transforming your kitchen is a great way to give your home a new lease of life. And what's the easiest way to do this? Painting cabinets, of course! The cabinets in your kitchen are essentially the focal point of the room. So there's no surprise that changing them up can really make a difference to the feel of the place. In today's blog post, we're going to give you the best tips for ensuring this DIY job doesn't become a botched job. But the most important thing of all is to have fun!

What you need

  • Masking tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Sugar soap or strong detergent solution
  • Cloth
  • Fine sandpaper (not to be used on melamine or high gloss)
  • Poly filler for any holes or imperfections
  • Primer for your cabinet's surface (e.g. wood or high gloss)
  • Appropriate tin of paint in your chosen colour

The method

Prepare and clean the area

Take out everything in your cupboards and drawers, then unscrew all of the handles and knobs. You should be left with a bare cabinet door, ready to be transformed! Use pieces of masking tape around the door hinges to protect them. Also, be sure to place dust sheets on the floor and anywhere else around the room that needs to be protected.

Then, use the sugar soap or solution of detergent and water to wash your cabinets. We need to start with a clean, blank canvas to get the best results! You can then use a damp cloth to wipe away any leftover soap suds. Wait for it to dry then move onto the next step.

Create the perfect surface for painting

When painting cabinets, the surface should be smooth and suitable to achieve a great-looking finish. All you need to do is sand down the surface of your cupboard to prepare it for a paint job. Use fine paper to buff up the entire cabinet. Don't do this with melamine or high gloss! You can skip this step if your cabinets are made of those two materials. Wooden cupboards, however, will benefit from a good sanding.

Fill in any holes, nicks or imperfections with poly filler and then sand down again. Then you can apply an appropriate primer to the surface to get it ready to paint. Bear in mind, some paints made specifically for cabinets won't require priming!

Time to get creative

It's the exciting bit now! You should begin to apply your chosen paint, working in matching strokes - vertical is usually best. After you've done the first coat, sand the surface down again for a smooth finish. Then, apply a second coat!

Now, you can remove the masking tape and put your handles back on! You should be able to admire the finished product now and relax after your hard work...

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