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Spray Painting Cabinets

Spray Painting Cabinets

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Spray Painting Cabinets

25 Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets Painting your kitchen cabinets is no small undertaking, that’s why planning and prep are so important. Read through these tips to make sure you get the job done right. How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Countertops Do you want to remodel your kitchen, but can’t afford natural stone countertops? Consider using paint to get the high-end look of granite. How to Prep Walls Before Painting How to prepare walls before starting your next painting project. Outdoor Kitchens and Grilling Spaces 29 Photos How to Update Your Kitchen with Stainless Steel Paint Do you want to remodel your kitchen, but can’t afford new appliances? Consider using paint to get the high-end look of stainless steel. How to Properly Paint the Exterior of Your Home 17 Photos How to Prep Weathered Wood for Painting With proper prep work, even damaged and weathered wood can be given new life with a fresh coat of paint. How to Stain Wood Kitchen Cabinets Home improvement expert Bruce Johnson shares some techniques for staining wood kitchen cabinets. How to Prepare a Painting Kit Before you begin a painting project, be prepared by putting together a “painting kit.” How to Clean Wood Cabinets Learn how to care and clean wood cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom. 
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Spray Painting Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets are solid but dated and dark, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way toward transforming the space without draining your bank account. You can hire a pro to spray-paint them for a thousand dollars or more, but there’s a less costly, and less messy, alternative to consider: Use a brush and paint the cabinets yourself. “You don’t need to spray to get a smooth finish,” says painting contractor John Dee, who has worked on a number of This Old House TV projects. He often brush-paints cabinets anyway because it gives him more control and avoids the risk of paint spray ending up where it’s not wanted. (Surface prep is the same whether you spray or brush.) Brushing is time-consuming, he warns, and could take up to a couple of weeks to complete. But the result is a durable, glass-smooth finish that’s the equal of anything from a spray gun. “You just need to use the best materials and take the time to sand and do the brushwork right,” Dee says.
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Spray Painting Cabinets

If you’ve decided to spray paint your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want to buy a special sprayer to make it easier. If you try to do this job with basic cans of spray paint, your pointer finger will be sore in no time. Talk to the paint experts at your local hardware store about HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayers, which will give you much more control over the spray. This type of sprayer has a dial that allows you to use a targeted spray for nooks and crannies or a broader spray when you’re covering the cabinets. HVLP sprayers are on the expensive side, so look for one that can hook up to an air compressor.
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Spray Painting Cabinets

“You don’t need to spray to get a smooth finish,” says painting contractor John Dee, who has worked on a number of This Old House TV projects. He often brush-paints cabinets anyway because it gives him more control and avoids the risk of paint spray ending up where it’s not wanted. (Surface prep is the same whether you spray or brush.) Brushing is time-consuming, he warns, and could take up to a couple of weeks to complete. But the result is a durable, glass-smooth finish that’s the equal of anything from a spray gun. “You just need to use the best materials and take the time to sand and do the brushwork right,” Dee says.
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Spray Painting Cabinets

Step Twelve // Pro Secrets for Painting Kitchen Cabinets Hang Cabinets to Dry Between Coats Photo by Brian Wilder Painting cabinet doors is a trade-off between perfection and speed. John Dee, a perfectionist, prefers to do one side at a time, keeping the faces flat so they don’t get runs. But that’s 48 hours of drying time per door—one day per side. Here’s his method for painting both sides in a day. Twist two screw hooks into holes drilled in an inconspicuous door edge (the lower edge for bottom cabinets, the upper edge for top cabinets). Paint the door’s outside face as above. Let it dry for an hour while resting flat, then tilt the door up onto its hooks and put a drywall screw into an existing hardware hole. Hold the tilted door up by the screw and paint the door’s back side. When you’re done painting, pick up the door by the screw and one hook and hang both hooks on a sturdy wire clothes hanger. Suspend from a shower curtain rod or clothes rod until the door is dry.
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Spray Painting Cabinets

For an extra smooth and professional-looking finish, many paint experts recommend spray painting kitchen cabinets. This method can be easier than working with a paintbrush and roller, but it takes some time and practice to really get the hang of it. Spray painting kitchen cabinets is also a good way to go if your cabinets have raised panels and lots of areas that might be hard to paint with a paintbrush or roller.
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Spray Painting Cabinets

Immaculate Finish in 90 Minutes For this project, we used a Wagner Control Spray Double Duty spray gun available through our affiliation with amazon.com. The high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayer gives the doors a thin, even coat of paint and makes quick work of painting. We sprayed our 18 doors and four drawers in less than 90 minutes per coat. The sprayer occasionally “spits” paint, but the Floetrol that you mix in levels out the finish. You can clean the sprayer in about 10 minutes. The paint experts we talked to say you can get a nice-looking finish with non-HVLP sprayers too. But the advantages of an HVLP sprayer are that the low pressure produces little overspray, so most of your paint ends up where you want it—on the doors—and the spray is easy to control. Paint spray gun
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Don’t Desert Your Island If you love your kitchen cabinets, but want to add some interest to the space for very little money and time, consider changing the color of your island. This has been a popular design element for years and is showing no signs of changing anytime soon. Paint it, stain it a darker color or clad it in beadboard. You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization. Are You Both Worn Out? These kitchen cabinets are hopefully in worse shape than yours, but they’re not that uncommon. If you like the style of your existing cabinets, they’re still functioning well or new ones aren’t in the budget right now, paint is your friend here. Choose a color that complements the other elements in the room and get ready to go from “ow” to “wow!” Check out the next picture to see just how amazing this low-cost solution can look. Acquaint Yourself With Paint A fresh kitchen is just a few days’ elbow grease away. Prep work and light, even coats are the keys to a successful paint job. Take the time to sand the surfaces until smooth, caulk as needed and try using pieces of a brown paper bag to “sand” between coats. It smooths and knocks down the high spots without dulling/removing as much paint as sandpaper so you don’t have to be quite so careful. Ready For a Change This kitchen could be Anywhere, USA, and might remind you of yours. Let’s say you have a bigger budget and it’s time for some changes, but new cabinets aren’t one of them. Repurposing them by changing their color and focusing on other areas that’ll give you a big bang for your buck is a smart way to go. Look to the following picture for inspiration. More Bang For the Buck This kitchen’s renewed darker cabinets, new backsplash and stainless steel appliances all combine to make it into a welcoming space with minimal hassle and mess. Keeping the same layout, cabinets and flooring made it possible to put the dollars into the higher-end appliances people expect these days and to add texture with the tile backsplash — all ideas you can consider if your kitchen’s not to your taste. Not-So-Bright White This kitchen’s beige/whitewashed cabinet color makes the white countertops and walls look dull. That isn’t what anyone wants in a space that should be clean and fresh for cooking and eating. If you’re ready for a change and crave color, check out the next picture to see how adding a new hue to just the cabinets transformed this kitchen. For Those Who Crave Color New molding along the top of the stock cabinets and N-HANCE® wood renewal in blue make the entire kitchen look unique, bright and white, even though the countertops and walls didn’t change. When you’re ready to update your kitchen cabinets, consider all your color options and don’t be afraid to make a bold statement.

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