What Types of Paint Do I Use for Kitchen Cabinets and How Do I Apply Them?

Posted December 19, 2018 by RB Painting

What Types of Paint Do I Use for Kitchen Cabinets and How Do I Apply Them?

If you want to give your place a facelift that adds value to your property, you can always paint the kitchen cabinets. Doing not only refreshes your kitchen’s looks but it enables you to save money. However, you cannot use just any paint for the cabinetry. Otherwise, you will defeat the whole purpose of this type of upgrade.

Make Cleanup Easier

The idea is to add a paint that can be easily cleaned once it has been applied. Some paints, such as those with matte finishes, will not provide this advantage. Instead, when painting kitchen cabinets, you need to use a paint that will allow for easy-cleanup from kitchen residue and built-up grime. This can more easily be realized when you use a semi-gloss paint that reflects light well but offers a surface for easy cleanup. Avoid adding a full-gloss coating as you may run into problems with glare.

Always Add Primer First

Even old and outdated cabinets take on a new life when they are painted with the proper paint. However, make sure that you add a primer before you apply the paint to ensure a professional, smooth-looking finish. The best method for painting cabinetry is with a small roller and paint brush. You may also opt for spray painting as long as you are careful.

Latex Satin: Another Paint You Can Use

Besides a semi-gloss paint, you may also opt for a latex satin finish. This is an ideal application for anyone whose cabinets really look dated. Not only does this finish go on smoothly but it adds elegance to the décor.

How to Get Started

To get started on the project, clear everything off the cabinets and remove everything from them. Cover the appliances and backsplash. You will need to remove the hardware, hinges, drawers, and doors to ensure that no paint splatters adhere to the parts. Label each of the doors with masking tape so you can better organize yourself and know where the drawers and doors go back after painting.

Clean the Cabinetry

To ensure that your satin latex or semi-gloss application sticks, prep the doors and drawers by giving them a good cleaning. This is important as you do not want to paint over any grease or residue or the paint that you choose will not adhere properly. Use 100-grit sandpaper for sanding and smooth away the dust with a tack cloth. Use caulk for filling seams or gaps.

Adding the Primer

As noted, prime the door fronts, drawers, and boxes before you start painting. Once the primer dries, apply the paint with a mini foam roller or angled paint brush. If you want really professional-looking results, choose the latex satin finish over the semi-gloss as it is easier to apply when you add primer first.

Spray Painting as an Option

As mentioned, you may try spray painting as another option. Just make sure that you paint the cabinets outdoors or in a space where the fumes will not be a problem. Whether you choose a latex satin finish or semi-gloss, you will find that either paint will offer good results. Just make sure that you paint the cabinets in a neutral tone such as antique white or a light beige that will lighten and brighten your kitchen but with subtlety.