What Kind of Paint to Use for Kitchen Cabinets?

What Kind of Paint to Use for Kitchen Cabinets?

It can generally go without saying that people want their furniture to look good. There are many different aspects that go into making sure that the various rooms in your home look exactly the way you want them to. Of course, you will want to pick out designs, styles, and furniture that fit the theme of the house you want. However, you are also going to want to make sure you know how to paint different fixtures. You may not realize it at first, but different materials require different preparation and different types of paint to make sure that it retains its color for as long as possible. 

For example, one common fixture that people enjoy painting is the kitchen cabinets. These cabinets are commonly made from wood, or a material very similar to wood. Because of this, you are going to want to make sure you pick out paints that work with the wood you are using so your cabinets will not lose their color over the years. While picking out the specific paint type you want, you will also need to properly prime and prepare the cabinets to be painted. Thankfully, this process is pretty easy. 

Preparing the Cabinets for Painting

For the most part, when you are going to be painting something in your house, you will want to make sure the surface is both primed and prepared. The type of primer you will need depends on the type of cabinet you are working with. Wood cabinets are the most common type of kitchen cabinet and may require you to sand down the remaining paint. Laminate cabinets will require a specific type of primer that helps the paint bond to the laminate surface, and that laminate must be in good condition if you want the paint to turn out well. Metal cabinets do not need that much preparation, aside from making sure that the surface is clean.

Once you have determined the type of primer and/or preparation needed for your specific cabinet, you will then want to make sure that you cover all other areas in the kitchen aside from the area you will be painting. This ensures that you will not spill paint in places where you do not want it and is a general rule of painting. If you really want to make your cabinet paint pop, then you may even want to consider purchasing a finish, although this will add to the amount of time that the painting process takes. 

Picking Out the Paint

Now that your cabinets and kitchen are ready to be painted, it will be time for you to choose a paint that suits your kitchen. You will usually want to choose a paint that is designed to go on the surface material of the cabinet. Wood paints should be used for wood cabinets, metal paints should be used for metals, and so on. You should also make sure that you are choosing acrylic paint, as it will be much easier to clean up and it is far more durable for a busy environment like a kitchen. You will also want to pick out a high-quality paint. Lower quality paints can leave an unsatisfying finish or wear off more easily. Some paints are actually made so that they dry with a finish-like appearance, saving you the extra hassle of purchasing a finish.

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