Helpful Hints For Perfectly-Painted Kitchen Cabinets

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Are you tired of the way your kitchen cabinets look? The cost to replace them may seem out of reach, but that doesn't mean that you have to settle for shoddy or unsightly cabinetry. Talk with home improvement retailers about the supplies needed to transform tired fixtures into classy cabinets that give your entire kitchen a fresh look.

Some helpful hints when painting cabinetry include:

Play it safe and strain your paint. Even brand-new paint can contain little lumps that will make a mess when painting your cabinets. You can buy cone-shaped filters to make straining and clean-up easy.

Make it easy on yourself with small rollers. Small rollers seem to work better than brushes when painting the faces and facades of your kitchen cabinets. You will need to dip these in the paint more frequently than a good-sized brush, but the result will be a smoother surface.

Dip brushes in a bit of water. Even if you using a roller, you will need to cut-in and paint the trim with a decent brush. These are much easier to clean if you dip the brush in plain water before you begin to paint and prior to dipping the brush in any paint.

Go with the grain. Most cabinets are frame-and-panel style, which should be painted with the grain. Any styles other than these types of cabinets should be painted from top to bottom.

Take 'em apart. Even though it may seem like a pain, painting cabinets is much easier when you remove the doors, hardware, and hinges before you begin. The results will be much better, too. Do yourself a favor and draw a sketch of the doors, hardware, and number the pieces so they will be a breeze to put back together when you are done painting them!

Fill 'em in. Oak is one example of a wood that often displays an open grain, which are little crevices between the grain in the wood. You may want to take some spackling and fill in these pores before painting, or you can simply apply extra coats of primer to conceal and smooth the open grain of your cabinetry.

Sand before you start the next coat. Give your cabinets a very light sanding in-between each layer of primer and paint, until you get to the final coat. This will remove any dust or debris that settles on the previous coat and that could detract from a silky-smooth surface when done.

Give your kitchen's cabinets a new look with a coat of fresh paint. Create the kitchen you have dreamt of, and use these tips to make it a bit easier. For more information, contact a company such as Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath.

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