Since Monsoon Season is upon us in Flagstaff, it is a great time to refurbish, update and transform old furniture or cabinets around your home. One of the easiest ways to transform an old, out-of-date kitchen cabinet or a piece of furniture is by adding a fresh coat of paint. This is a great economical choice because painting costs a whole lot less than buying new cabinets.

Painting cabinets can be a time-consuming process but will be worth it in the end, giving you an inexpensive way to renew your kitchen or add a fresh look to furniture in a room.

Preparing to

PAINT YOUR CABINETS

Here are some tips and tricks for you if you decide that painting is the way you want to go to spruce up your kitchen and cabinets:

  • Step 1: Remove all the items from all your cabinets or furniture. That way, you can paint faster, not worrying about items being in the way.
  • Step 2: Take out all the drawers and label each one based on where they go.
  • Step 3: Remove all doors off hinges and label each one based on where they go. Labeling everything based on their location is an important step because it ensures that everything will go back in the same spot in a timely manner. We also recommend that you replace your hinges during this time because this is the best time to do it and it can make your cabinets swing so much better.
  • Step 4: Get rid of the old stains and grime on the cabinets. Thoroughly clean your cabinets to remove dirt and stains.
  • Step 5: Sand down any old stains or paint surfaces to get a clean base to paint on.
  • Step 6: Set up your area for painting by putting down a drop cloth and taping areas where needed.
  • Step 7: Finally, prime your cabinets with a good primer to create a good foundation for your painting.
  • Step 8: Pick a color or a look for your cabinets.

Please note that this is a long process and can take an untrained painter even longer to paint, missing any of these steps will produce sub-par results. Also, note that not all cabinets or furniture can be painted. If your cabinets or furniture are warped or made from laminate, it is best to replace them. Paint typically does not stick to laminate and will eventually peel off. Warped cabinets will still be warped with paint on them.

If you need to talk to someone about replacing cabinets, HomCo will help you get that special kitchen you always wanted. If you are looking to refresh your kitchen cabinets and not break the budget, this is a great way.

Choosing the right

TOOL FOR THE JOB

Now, you are ready to paint. For most non-professional painters, the paintbrush is the ‘weapon of choice’ for painting projects, but it will typically leave unwanted brush marks behind if you use it to paint the cabinets. Ideally, you should use a spray gun or spray paint in a can because using these tools will produce a clean look without brush marks. At HomCo, we can make any color and put it into a spray can, or you can pick one of the many colors we have in stock to use to spruce up your kitchen cabinets or the piece of furniture. You can also go rent a spray gun to paint the cabinets or piece of furniture.

Leave the brush marks behind by choosing a spray paint for your cabinets.

Here are some YouTube videos that will help you explore painting kitchen cabinets:

After that, for picking a paint that looks fantastic. Keep in mind, there are all the different paint choices out there, but people do love the look of chalk paint. Rust-oleum has a great chalk paint that comes in a spray can or a quart. Rust-oleum states, “Chalked Ultra Matte paint is an easy to use paint that dries to a velvety smooth matte finish. It brings new life to tired and worn pieces in timeless colors. Chalked paint can be distressed to achieve a vintage look that will last.” Rust-oleum has many how-to videos that may be a great resource for you to look at, so please go to https://www.rustoleum.com/Rustoleum/pages/homeowner/how-to-videos/.

Picking a

PAINT COLOR

When picking a color for kitchen cabinets there are many things to consider:

If your kitchen is a traditional kitchen, classic colors like creams and whites work best and will look beautiful. If your kitchen is a small space, it will benefit from a light paint color and a large kitchen will benefit from a dark color well unless it is a low light space. If you have a modern kitchen, you can expand your palette in many ways. A contrasting tone and bright colors will give a modern look that works well. If light or neutral colors are too boring and bold colors are too much, a great way to compromise is using two shades of one color. Use dark shades on the upper cabinets and light shades of the same color on the lower cabinets or vice versa. This will add an extra element visually that is not too overwhelming.

Painting 

YOUR FURNITURE

If you’re going to paint furniture, here some ideas to consider:

Small pieces of furniture can be a bold color since bold colors can be handled in small doses, but keep in mind the style of the piece of furniture when you pick a color. The experts say it best to put the “fun” colors on the embellished pieces, and with the simple straight-line piece, stay with a more neutral and plain color. Leaving a piece with stain can provide a traditional backdrop for the new painted design and can balance the more colorful or non-traditional elements you added. You can leave the top or drawers stained which helps you successfully incorporate brighter color schemes or a bold design. As you consider the color and techniques you can visit Pinterest or other websites for ideas:

If you are disappointed in your cabinets or just a piece of furniture in your house, do not be afraid to take the time and paint it with a color that fuels your soul. Come to HomCo so our paint experts can help you do your next painting project with our helpful tips and tricks.