So you are thinking about refreshing your kitchen cabinets?
Renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive remodelling projects. Refreshing the cabinets that make up most of the room’s visual space is entirely within reach. We have made it easy for you with a step by step guide.
A successful paint job comes down to prep work,
- Empty all the cabinets, clear off the counters, and remove any freestanding appliances.
- Relocate tables and other furniture to another room.
- Tape plastic sheeting over the backsplash, windows and fixed appliances.
- Mask off the wall around the cabinets.
- Set up a worktable for painting doors, drawers, and shelves.
The surfaces of kitchen cabinets are generally made with materials called melamine or a laminate. Laminate and melamine are designed to repel kitchen spills, like food, oil, and water, so they naturally repel paint, also. For this reason, it’s vital that you properly prepare the surface, this is a step that you can not skip.
- Use ordinary household cleaners to remove the grime from the face frames, doors, drawer fronts, and shelving.
- Once all the cabinet pieces are clean, rinse them thoroughly with water and let them dry.
Remove the hardware from the cabinets and drawers. As you are removing the hardware it’s a good idea to put each cabinet’s hardware into separate bags and write on them which cabinet cupboard it relates to.
If you choose to leave them in place then make sure they are all covered in painter’s tape to avoid them being covered in paint.
- Sand all the surfaces with the grain using 100-grit paper.
- Vacuum the cabinets inside and out
- Rub them down with a tack cloth for extra measure.
Now it’s time for the primer. If the cabinets are heavily stained, use Soul Decor Block and Prime, it seals knots and other surface defects that might bleed through the topcoats. In most situations, however, stain-blockers shouldn’t be necessary, a primer such as Soul Decor Multi Prime will be sufficient.
- Starting at the top of the cabinet, brush on the primer always across the grain.
- Wait for 2 hours, then sand the primer lightly with 280-grit sandpaper.
- Time to paint! If your existing cabinets are a dark colour they may require three coats.
- For a smooth finish add a little water to your paint (5%) always pour the paint into a separate container. Never directly pour water from a tap into the paint can as you risk contaminating the paint.
- Working from top to bottom, apply the paint to the cabinet exterior across the grain.
- You can use a brush or a roller. We recommend using Two Fussy Blokes Rollers they are made for painting cabinets and will help you achieve a smooth glass-like finish.
- Between coats, sand the surfaces lightly, making sure to clean up the debris afterwards.
- Use an artist brush to collect any paint that has pooled in areas such as raised panels and corners.
- Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Soul Decor Paints is a fast-drying paint but with laminate, it will take longer as it doesn’t absorb the paint as fast as other surfaces.
Once you have applied 2-3 coats and the paint is thoroughly dry you can apply Soul Decor Finishing Wax. We recommend 2 coats of wax. The wax also brings the colour of your paint out, making it look richer.
- Scoop out a small amount of wax and place it onto a paper plate or something similar. Spread it out on the plate to make it easier to pick up with the wax brush or lint-free cloth ( personal preference)
- Dip your wax brush very lightly into the wax, do not saturate your brush with wax. You only want the very tip of your brush to be covered, over-saturation may cause issues with your project.
- Starting with the front and sides apply the wax in small sections at a time. Use a gentle sweeping motion making sure you wipe away any excess wax as you go, always with a clean lint-free cloth. When your cloth becomes saturated in wax, replace it so that it will continue to absorb the excess wax.
- When wiping away excess wax be careful not to wipe the area over and over as it can cause an uneven finish.
- Allow the wax to dry then gently give it a light sand and wipe away any dust with a lint-free cloth. Repeat this process to the back of the cabinets
- When you have finished waxing you must leave cabinets to dry in an undisturbed place for at least 24 hours so that the curing process can begin.
You can now reinstall your cabinets and hardware – be very gentle doing this.
The curing process for Soul Decor Finishing Wax is typically between 10 – and 21 days. You can still use your cabinets just be gentle until the wax has had time to cure.
Caring for your cabinets
To maintain your painted cabinets, always wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove marks followed by a soft dry cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture.
Marks that are stubborn can be buffed out with Soul Decor Finishing Wax, do not use citrus cleaners or furniture polish. Warm soapy water works best.
You are done! It’s that easy!