Updating kitchen cabinets with paint
When we got it in the mail, Cy pulled it out of the box and said, “Oh, I love the way this feels in my hand! To prep the cabinets, Cy first cleaned the cabinets really well with a spray cleaner to remove any surface grease or oil from the cabinets.
At around $53 a gallon, it's certainly more expensive than other brands, but Petersik says it's worth it.But for cabinets, it's important you get it right the first time: "This project is easy but it's not the kind of job you're going to want to redo any time soon if you don't like the color," says Petersik.She suggests painting a big poster board with a tester can in the color you're considering (you can usually get a small one for just $5)."You're not trying to get down to the bare wood," says Petersik."You just want to take the surface from glossy to matte."Vacuum up any debris before you even think of dipping that brush in paint.Just a few pieces of dust can ruin the look: "You'll get a gritty finish and it'll look like you painted over sand," says Fahrbach.
"To fix it, you'll have to sand it and repaint it all over again."It's tempting to skip this step, but consider this: "Your finished kitchen could look amazing then, three weeks or three months later, knots in the wood can start to bleed through your paint," warns Petersik.
Even if your cabinets are in near perfect condition, you still have to sand them so the paint will stick.
Use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum (150 or 200 grit is good) and just give all of the surfaces a quick buffing.
I told you guys that my brother and his wife bought a new home.
They have hired Cy to do some updating and remodeling in their home.
Use a stain-blocking primer (she likes Kilz Clean Start), and you won't get surprise blotches as the paint cures.