How To Paint A Kitchen



Time to update your kitchen your kitchen paint color?  What about your kitchen cabinets, formica, tile or trim?  Your kitchen can literally be transformed in one weekend.  The following tips will make re-decorating your kitchen a breeze.  


Kitchen Paint Color Tips


When picking out a paint color for your kitchen, don't be afraid of darker colors.  People generally think that paint colors look darker when you get them on your walls.  This is somewhat true but only in certain situations.  Dark colors are not suited for small rooms, rooms with dark flooring and rooms with poor lighting.  Also, when you paint all four walls of a room with a medium to dark color, the room will seem darker (sort of an optical illusion as the paint color is the same on the paint sample as it is on your wall).


The good news for you is that your kitchen walls are broken up by cabinets, doors, pantries, windows, backsplashes, etc.  This means that your darker color paints will not appear any darker than they are.  So do not be afraid of choosing a color which is a shade or two darker than what you would usually pick.


What Type of Kitchen Paint To Use


We recommend using a latex enamel finish for the kitchen cabinets.  Choose at least a satin finish, this will give you a washable finish.  


Kitchen Wall Painting Tips


If you choose a dark color paint, you should use what is called a deep tint primer.  Typical primers can be tinted, but only to off white and medium colors.  If you choose a deep tint primer, it can be tinted to almost the exact color that you select. That will allow you to only have to put on two finish coats of paint, instead of three or four to achieve your desired color.  


Tape off ceilings, cabinets, doors and trim, formica, countertops, light fixtures and anything else that you do not want to get paint on.  Alternatives to taping include; using a paint edger, using a paint guide or cutting in around objects freehand.


The best part about painting a kitchen is the fact that you can paint much more than just your walls.  Follow the steps listed below to begin your kitchen transformation.


Painting Kitchen Cabinets


Cabinets and drawers are much easier to paint when they are removed and positioned in a manner that is more comfortable for you to paint in.  Remove all the pieces that you can.  If you are able to, set up sawhorses with pieces of plywood across them.  This will allow you to lay your cabinet doors flat, which makes them easier to paint.


We recommend updating all of the hinges and draw pulls on your cabinets.  Over time, metal oxidizes and becomes dark black and is not easily cleaned.  New, bright looking hardware will make your cabinets stand out even more.  Be sure to choose hinges and drawer pulls that will either fit into the holes you have in your cabinets or that will cover up the screw holes.  If you don't, you will be looking at patching an awful lot of holes before you paint.


Painting the cabinets is not hard.  Cleaning is key, as grease from hands gets on cabinet door handles and drawer pulls.  Visit our article on How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets to find out how to clean this grease off and paint your cabinets.


Painting Ceramic Tile


Is your ceramic tile an ugly color that was popular thirty years ago?  If it is, you can quickly and easily change the color by priming and painting the tile.  Again, preparation work is the key.  Also, you will need the correct primer to adhere to the ceramic tile.  Not all primers will bond to hard, glossy surfaces.  Check out our article, How To Paint Ceramic Tile.


Painting Formica


Formica countertops can be painted as well. We recommend using a product called Giani.  It is a paint that can be applied to Formica, laminate, Corian, wood and even cultured marble.  Check out Granite Paint here.

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