How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Complete Guide

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen can be one of the biggest expenses a homeowner has. On average it cost between $10,000 & $15,000 to replace your kitchen cabinets.  Did you know that you can simply paint your cabinets for a fraction of the price?

 

With a few quick DIY tips you can be painting your kitchen cabinets in no time. I will walk you step-by-step droopy entire process of painting your kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinets

Should I just replace my cabinets?

Before we get started painting our kitchen cabinets  let’s start by taking a look at our cabinets. Is there any damage or excess wear & tear to the cabinets?  If there is excess wear-and-tear or damage can it be repaired?

Minor  scrapes and bruises can easily be repaired by a  weekend warrior! If you’re cabinets are falling apart at the seams it may be time to compare repair vs replacement costs.  

The average cost of a standard base can run anywhere from $200 – $500 plus installation costs.  You can see how these costs can quickly add up.  

If you’re unsure whether your cabinets are worth fixing you can always find a local Handy man.  If you’re in the St Johns FL area this is something that I specialize in and save folks money all the time over replacement costs.  Contact me HERE

Picking the right color for your kitchen cabinets

Now that you have determined your cabinets are in good shape to paint let’s get started.   First you’ll need to choose the color of the paint that best fits your needs.

Farmhouse kitchen

Do you have a Small Space?

Consider the size of your kitchen!  If you have a small or confined kitchen space you will want to stick with lighter colors.  This will make your space feel much larger & more open than it may be.

Selling your home soon?

Are you selling your home anytime soon?  If so you will want to stick with neutral colors so that you don’t scare away any potential buyers.  Some homeowners may not have an eye for design or DIY skills that you do.

Surrounding decor, walls & backsplash colors

Also consider the design & color of your backsplash or surrounding walls.  Many homeowners decide to go with a more neutral cabinet color and add accent colors to the walls or backsplash.  It is much easier to add accent colors with temporary decor. Home Decor can change the entire feel of a room with little effort

What is the current finish on your cabinet?

First you will need to determine whether it’s oil-based or water-based finish that is currently on your kitchen cabinets. This will make a huge difference in deciding what  prep work is needed to paint your kitchen cabinets.

 

To determine whether the finish is oil-based or water-based you simply need to raid your wife’s bathroom cabinet for some nail polish remover. The nail polish remover must contain acetone. Acetone will remove some color from a water-based finish but not an oil-based finish.

 

Most kitchen doors are constructed of solid wood but the shells of a cabinet are often particle board covered in a vinyl or melamine material.

Pro Classic

Best paints for kitchen cabinets

Picking the right paint  can make or break a painting project.  If you only paint here and there it can be difficult to understand the differences between a quality paint and your basic paint.  

 

When painting Kitchen Cabinets my goto paint is Sherman Williams Pro Classic with Alkyd.  This is a water-based paint that also contains an oil additive. This has been the best paint by far that levels great, hiding most of your brush marks with ease.  The last thing you want to look at are brush marks on your freshly painted kitchen cabinets.

 

I typically us a Satin sheen for all my kitchen cabinet projects.  It is a step up from a flat sheen with minimal shine while adding the scrubbability factor.  Being able to wipe down your kitchen cabinets is vital in my house!

Kitchen Cabinets with doors off

Getting started - Stay Organized!

If this is your first  time taking on a bigger project it is key to stay organized. It is best to remove all your cabinet doors, drawer fronts  and hardware and paint elsewhere.

Label your cabinet doors

Go through & label every cabinet door starting at the top left and working your way around.  I use painters tape numbering your cabinets as you go. Taking the time to do this will save you any headache when trying to match the completed doors back to the right cabinet.

Removing the hardware

Starting with the first door you will need to remove the door from the cabinet.  Most cabinets have a standard hidden hinge. The newer style of hidden hinges typically have a release button that will separate the door from the cabinet side of the hinge.

Hidden hinges

Remove the Hinges

If there is no button on your hinge don’t worry.  There are 4 screws that hold the hinge in place. I find it easier to remove the screws from the cabinet side of the hinge starting with the bottom.  This makes it much easier to support the door while removing them.  

 

Regardless how the door is removed that is your first step.  After the hinges are removed from the door it is best practice to place the hinge in a ziplock back and label it for each door.  Most hidden hinges are adjustable and set to that specific door. This will save you time rather than adjusting all the doors at the end.

Cabinet door Knob

Remove the knobs or handles

Now remove the knob or handle from the door.  I like to place the screw/s into the knob after removed from the door so that they don’t get misplaced.  Place the know in the ziplock bag with the hinges.

Cabinet Door bumper

Remove the rubber bumpers

On most cabinets there is a tiny little rubber bumper attached to the doors.  They help to cut down on the door slamming into the face frame of the cabinet.  They are attached with double sided tape. Use a putty knife to pop those little guys off. 

 

I typically replace the bumpers.  The adhesive on the old bumpers typically doesn’t stick as well the second go around.  You can pick up enough for all your doors for a few dollars. They are sold at most big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Starting the prepwork - Clean & Sanding

This is by far the most important step in painting your kitchen cabinets. The first thing you must do is wipe down all the surfaces you intend to paint with a degreaser.  I typically use mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to clean the surfaces that are being painted.

Take your time to remove all the dirt and grease that can build up on cabinets over the years.  Even if your cabinets appear clean never skip this step.

Sanded Cabinet Door

Sanding the surfaces

The second step in preparing your kitchen cabinets for paint is to sand the surfaces.  The wood surfaces such as doors and cabinet face frames are fairly easy. You don’t have to sand down surfaces to a bare wood, you just need to remove the clear coat.

 

The sides of a cabinet tend to be covered in a different material such as a vinyl or melamine.  These surfaces can be a bit difficult to paint. You MUST sand these surfaces pretty darn good to create a rough surface that paint actually wants to stick to.

 

When pre-sanding I like to start with an 80-120 grit sandpaper.  Orbital sanders sanders make easy work for sanding flat surfaces.  You may also want to consider picking up a pointed vibrating sander.  This will make sanding in corners a breeze.

 

When it comes down to the detailed trim or door profiles there is no simple solution.  There are foam sanding blocks that will make it more bearable but you make find its just as easy to use an 80 piece of sandpaper.

 

Just take your time with all the prepwork!  These although not that fun will make sure that the paint lasts.  There is nothing more disappointing than putting in all the work only to have it peel off later.

Let’s get to painting these kitchen cabinets

Get a nice Paint Brush

Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to get painting. If you don’t have a paint sprayer that’s ok.  Start purchasing a quality bristle paint brush. I prefer an angled Purdy brush which runs around $15. A fine bristle brush will help to minimize the amount of brush strokes.

Grab a small paint roller

Also grab a 4” – 6” paint roller.  This is key to covering up any brush marks left behind.  I prefer a smooth foam roller but you can get away with a fine nap roller as well.

Do you really need Primer?

The life long question, do you really need primer before painting your kitchen cabinets?  {Primer is definitely best practice to ensure that paints hold up over time. Spray paint primers such as Zinsser Bulls Eye work great for applying a quick coat or primer to your doors.  

Bulls Eye also sells paint by the gallon as well.  The difference between the Aerosol cans & gallon cans are the types of paint.  I find that oil based primers work best adding the most bang for your buck (and your time). 

What paint should you use on kitchen cabinets?

Sherman Williams ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd is where it’s at.  Prior to using this product I had a difficult time covering up brush marks.  

 

ProClassic is tough, durable, has excellent adhesion, flow and leveling. The leveling factor this paint has to offer makes your brush strokes less visible for sure.

So how do you paint kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

Start with the cabinet face frame in your kitchen.  The frames are the easiest part of the cabinets to paint.  Start by cutting the edges in with your paint brush. Use your 4”-6” paint roller for all areas possibly similar to painting a wall in your home.

 

When painting the doors start with your paint brush covering all areas that the paint roller can’t reach.  Then move to the paint roller covering all other areas. Where possible lightly roll over any brushed areas to work out brush strokes. 

 

Make sure to watch for paint drips or paint sagging.  If you notice and drips or sags that have started to dry it is best to let them dry and sand down after they have completely set up.

So how do you avoid brush strokes?

There are 2 key tips to reducing brush strokes.  First, using a quality paint such as Sherman Williams Proclassic.  Second, using a smooth foam roller to roll out brushed areas.

Graco Paint Sprayer

Do you want to try Spraying your cabinet doors?

If time is money and you have a space to set up for spraying go for it.  Spraying cabinet doors can be a great option for speeding up the entire process.  You will want to have a dedicated space that you can leave the doors to dry. I prefer to have the dry laying flat so that I avoid paint sag.

 

Laying out a few 2x4s in your garage would work best.  If you need to lay the doors outside to dry just make sure that they are away from trees or areas that potential debris can fall onto your newly painted doors.

 

I made a drying rack for our shop.  This allows use to stack the doors instead of taking up valuable floor space.  The drying rack is also on wheels which makes life much easier.

Do you need to sand between coats?

Between each coat of paint, after the surfaces are dry make sure to inspect all areas for drips.  If there are any drips, sags brush marks this is the time to same them out. Typically sanding that you do at this stage will be all done by hand.

 

Since the sanding done at this stage is purely for appearance, it is not necessary to over sand.  For major drips you can use a 120 – 150 grit sandpaper to remove the drips followed by a 220-320 grit to remove any sanding marks.  A 320 grit will help to make a smooth finish during the final stages

Do you need a clear coat?

Although a clear coat is not required it may help with normal wear & tear.  Test spots on your newly painted kitchen cabinets by scratching them with your finger nail.  They will help you decide whether you want a clear coat.

Clear coat beware...

Proceed with caution!  Allow paint to dry completely before applying clear coat.  I prefer using water-based products which is no different for a clear coat.  Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish is my go to for clear coats.

 

Some clear coats will discolor the final paint color.  Polycrylic has been one product that has minimal color change.  The biggest challenge is dealing with yellowing after a clear coat is applied.  If this happens you will need to seal the surface with a Shellac and complete the painting process again.

 

I personally don’t use a clear coat over most of the quality paints.  A high end paint tends to hold up just fine on its own.

Painted kitchen cabinets

Final Steps - Put your kitchen back together

After everything has been painted and has had enough time to dry it’s time to put it all back together.  Reinstall all the hinges on the doors and attach doors to their cabinets. Attach your knobs, handles and new rubber bumpers.

 

Make sure that all doors open and close properly.  Also check to make sure that the tops of the doors are all inline.  If we are using the original hinge labeled for a particular door all should line up well.  If there was any mix up don’t worry.

Most hidden hinges are adjustable.  There are typically 2 adjustment screws.  Adjust these screws until the doors look and function correctly.

Final notes

Although taking on a large job such as painting your kitchen cabinets seem out of reach you can do it!  Make sure to do all the prep work, use quality paints & brushes and take your time!

 

If all else fails, check out our refinishing costs for some of the more common jobs. If your in the St Johns, FL area we can help!  Contact me for a quote HERE!

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What is paint sheen?

What paint sheen do I need?

Are you getting ready to tackle a painting project and not sure what sheen paint finish to use?  You’re not alone. In this blog I will list some of the main paint sheens and where they are typically used.  

What will you be painting?

The first thing we need to know is what you are planning on painting.  Are you painting walls in a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom? Are you painting trim, doors or maybe your kitchen cabinets?

 

As little as it may seem, these are the details that we need to decide what sheen paint will be best for your project.  When visiting your local paint store be sure to go prepared with the details of your project.

What exactly is a paint sheen?​

When we think of sheen typically we think of how glossy it looks.  The more glossy or shiny the paint finish appears the more scrubbable the surface is.  This can make a huge difference if you have kids.

There are roughly 6 different kinds of paint sheens. Below I will go into some of the details and common uses for all the different paint sheens. 

 

Flat or Matte Sheen (1-9% gloss)

Flat / Matte sheens have the least amount of shine in the bunch.  Flat sheen paint work great for hiding minor imperfections in drywall and in low traffic areas.  This sheen is typically what is used on 90% of your homes walls & ceiling.

If you are concerned with getting fingerprints or scuff marks on your wall you may want to skip the flat sheen paint finish.

Typically used for:

  • Walls (low traffic areas)
  • Ceilings

Eggshell (26-40% gloss)

Eggshell paints are great if you’re looking for a sheen that is not too shiny but is more washable than flat.  This will make life much easier when dealing with fingerprints or scuff marks on your walls as you can wipe them clean.

Typically used for:

  • Walls (low traffic areas)
  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 

Satin (26 -50% gloss)

Satin is typically my go to paint. It is not too shiny and can be washed. I find that is is also more durable that then some finishes. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture
  • Walls (High traffic / moist areas)

Semi-gloss (40-69% gloss)

Semi-gloss paints really start to show a noticeable shine. This sheen also delivers more durability than the previous sheens. This sheen is often a go to choice for baseboard trim as it can take a beating. Although you can use it on walls I tend to stay clean of that simply because it does show any imperfections your wall may have. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture

High-gloss (70-89% gloss)

High-gloss paint are very similar to a semi-gloss but are highly reflective. This sheen offers the most durability compared to the other sheens.  High-gloss paints are typical used for trim working, doors or cabinets but can be used wherever you’d like. To ensure the best results be sure to properly prepare the surface removing any imperfections prior to painting. 

Typically used for:

  • Trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors 
  • Furniture

.Ceiling flats

 

Ceiling paints are just that. Paints that are designed for the sole purpose of painting ceilings. Ceiling flats are able to hide many imperfections that you may have. 

Typically used for:

  • Ceilings

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Happy Painting

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How much paint do I need for a 2000 sq. ft. house?

How much does a gallon of paint cover?

 Have you ever been at the paint store wondering just how many gallons of paint you need?  With some quick math we can save you some extra trips to the store so you won’t waste any extra time.    

The average gallon of paint covers roughly 300 – 400 square foot of wall space.  

Room Sizes with Sq Ft
Room Size Chart w/ Sq. Ft

How much paint do I need for one wall?

Knowing that not all walls are created equal we will assume we have  a wall size of roughly 10 ft in length by 8 ft in height. To figure out the square footage of a wall you take the length times height (10×8=80) which in our case  comes out to about 80 square feet.

You would need about a ¼  to ⅓ of a gallon of paint for 1 coat of paint on a 10’ L  x 8’ H wall.

How much paint do I need to paint a 10 x 10 room?

Using the same calculations we can determine how much paint you need for any size room. In a 10ft by 10ft room with 8 foot ceilings you have roughly 320 square feet of wall space. 

You  need roughly (1) gallon of paint for a 10’ x 10’ room.   

The coverage will depend on your wall condition and how many coats of paint are needed for good coverage.

How much paint do I need to paint a 2000 square foot house?

First you will need to decide if you are painting both the walls & ceiling. Also will you be painting inside your closets?

Painting just the ceiling?

In a 2000 sq ft home we can assume that the ceiling are close to 2000 sq ft. To paint your ceilings you will need roughly 5 gallons of paint. 

Ceilings are typically painted in a white flat paint. If you have a textured ceiling you may more paint for good coverage.  Typically flat paint covers imperfections more than other finishes.

How much paint will I need to paint the walls?

 Based on some average room sizes, hallways and closets I am ballparking that you will need roughly 10 gallons of paint for a 200 sq. ft. house. 

All homes are not the same so first you will need to measure all the rooms in your home to figure out exactly how much paint you need for your home.

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Happy painting & may your day be filled with happy trees!

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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Best water-based paint for Kitchen Cabinets

What paint should I use to paint kitchen cabinets?

Have you been thinking about taking on the task of repainting your kitchen cabinets?  Today there are so many different types of paint on the market that it can be confusing.  I have been building and painting cabinets for a few years know and have come to my favorite Paint choice.

ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic – Alkyd  by Sherman Williams is currently my favorite paint for repainting kitchen cabinets. ProClassic is available in an alkyd formula for use in non-restricted areas. In one formula, it offers the best of all worlds: the application and finish of the alkyd, the non-yellowing properties of an acrylic, and it’s sure to help you get the job done faster. 

Pro Classic

How to prepare kitchen cabinets for paint.

DO NOT skip the prep work!  I have used many different types of paint, regardless of claims always properly prepare cabinets.

  • Start by removing all doors & hardware.  
  • When your not using a paint sprayer it is much easier to paint kitchen cabinet doors while laying flat.  
  • Take the time to tape off the areas in the cabinet frames or against the walls where you don’t want paint.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit.  
  • Lightly sand all surfaces starting with 80 grit and ending with a 220 grit.  
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit for a final cleaning.  
  • Get started priming & painting

IMPORTANT TEST:  After your first coat of primer/paint is dry do a finger nail test in various areas.  Scratch the surface to see if the paint can be removed.  If you comes off you will need to sand these areas more.  Cabinet side can be extremely difficult at times to get good adhesion. 

Can you paint Kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

YES….There is always this assumption that you need to own a fancy paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets and that just not the case.   I have found that using ProClassic with Alkyd dries extremely smooth even without a sprayer.  ProClassic Acrylic-Alkyd provides excellent flow, leveling and sag resistance – and leaves no brush or roller marks.

How do you avoid brush strokes when painting kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

To avoid brush strokes you will want to start by using a quality paint brush & a foam paint roller.  The trick is to start with a brush and then roll over everything with a smooth foam paint roller to remove as many of the brush strokes before the paint starts to dry. 

It is very important to work quickly so that the brushed paint doesn’t dry before it is rolled.  Take it one door at a time!

What kind of paint sprayer should I buy?

I have tried many different paint sprayers and have come down to one of my favorites. For small jobs such as cabinets or furniture painting I recommend Graco TrueCoat 360 DSP Electric TrueAirless Sprayer.  This is considered a DIY paint sprayer, is extremely easy to use and affordable (around $200)!

The TrueCoat 360 DSP sprayer combines precision, speed and control with true airless spray technology to deliver a professional finish for your painting and staining projects. A rugged storage case and six additional FlexLiner paint bags ensure you’re always ready for your next project.

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How much does a gallon of paint weigh?​

How much does a gallon of paint weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much paint weights?  I often find myself at the home improvement store loading up on supplies only to have overloaded my truck without even thinking about it.

If your just looking to see how much a gallon paint weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 10 – 15 lbs. depending on paint type.

When I first picked up my scale to weigh a gallon of paint I was amazed of the difference in weight between a gallon of Water based paint vs. Oil paint. The Oil based paint weighted in at almost 15 lbs. compared to the Water based at only 10 lbs.

I am no scientist but I am assuming that the difference in weight has to do with the density.

Now that you have an idea of how much a gallon of paint weighs you may be up for so more helpful information like “How much a 2×4 weights”  check out my blog post here!

How many gallon cans of paint can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 33 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 495lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 66 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 990lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs.  which is a nice truck but you can’t max this baby out with a full bed load of paint.

  • Roughly 100 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 1500 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you shouldn’t have any issues BUT that said you can’t assume you can fill it to the rim.  Even though you will probably not run into a job that requires 133 gallons of paint you’d still have some space left in a standard 8′ bed.

  • Roughly 133 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 1995 lbs.)

How many paint gallon cans fit in the bed of a truck?

So now that you have a rough idea on the total gallon cans of paint your truck can haul based on weight how many cans will actually fit?

So that you don’t have to stand at the lumber store doing thewhole trial and error deal I have done the math.

A 4’x8′ bed will hold roughly 78 gallon paint cans per layer.  The standard bed is roughly 20″ deep meaning you can fit 2 layers without overflowing or 156 gallon cans of paint.

Now that’s a lot of paint!

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

Almost everyone who indulges in painting and ends up getting brush strokes is left wondering how other people paint and still not get them. How is that possible? Well, from our side, we let you know that it’s entirely possible, but only if you adhere to the guide below.

Everyone in painting wants an excellent painting finish but fails to remember that great painting starts right from the tools on use.

Taking up the right paintbrush for the job is the key milestone to avoid brush strokes. Keep reading, and you will learn a thing or two.

Choosing the right Paintbrush

Our markets nowadays have an overflow of brush paints to the extent that one can’t differentiate between the genuine brush and counterfeit. Ideally, not all brushes can act perfectly in painting kitchen cabinets. There exist a little difference in brushes types, paints to use, and the technique of painting.

The kind of brush you take up for painting determines a lot the quality of work you will get at the end. Even though most people tend to use rollers to smoothen off paints at the end, getting the right brush first is a key determinant on work quality. The following are the best paint brush for cabinets that will ensure you do not get brush strokes.

1). Purdy Pro-Extra or Purdy Ebony

Pro-Extra brush is the best in primer paint. It’s stiff and cuts nicely, applying the paint evenly. Purdy Ebony which is a mini brush to the Pro-Extra paints well but does not cut well since it’s a natural bristle brush.

2). Corona Chinex brush for Bin

A bin is impossible to apply smoothly with any brush or a roller since it dries off very fast. It must be applied very fast and sanded flat after painting. 

Corona brush is the best in doing all this task since it ensures the Bin is applied fairly even with a considerate of the dying constraints.

3). Corona Tynex

Corona Tynex is the best brush for fine water-based trimming and finishing paint. Its handle is beavertail while the bristle is angled. 

Corona Tynex applies paints smoothly ensuring all is laid off perfectly. This brush is also nice in painting doors for moldings or applying paints on a larger surface using the Wooster Micro Plush roller.

When choosing the right paint brush, you can consider the above as the best options.

Choosing the right Paint type

Life sometimes becomes messy with most of it happening in the kitchen. Kitchen is the place you simmer your favorite food for hours adorning the walls of your cabinets. It’s quite clear you will love your kitchen to be great, good looking, and net like never before. 

This means the right paint is a must for you. Taking up the wrong paint has two consequences. These are, either you repaint all over again or learn to live with the ugliness forever.

For a more functional kitchen, here is the way to make the right decision on cabinet paint.

  • Go for paint that dries and hardens off faster.
  • If possible, avoid oily paint since if by chance your kitchen overheats, the paint melts and the wall tends to ‘sweat.’
  • Look for water-based paints as the best alternative even if they are a bit costly.

Further its of the essence to adhere to the following tips.

1). Take up the sheen

People prefer the pristine look of flat paint since it appears gorgeous. Even with this paint, when it’s time to apply the finishing, put up a paint that is easy to clean and tough to handle frequent scrubbing.

2). Work on baseboards

People painting kitchens overlook the baseboards more often. Baseboards are prune to damages and muddy scuffs, mainly from playing kids, dust and knocking off during cooking. It’s advisable to paint them shining so to keep them appealing.

3). Remember the ceiling

Can you imagine have nice looking cabinets and poorly looking ceiling that dispels appetite? Ceiling likes cracking and becoming settle. You should work to cover those inconsistencies with flat paint so to appeal nice. How less is the reflection, the less the cracks will look from the ground.

Tips & Techniques

Before deciding to repaint cabinets, it’s vital to analyze them if they need repainting or replacement. Once you ascertain that your cabinets need repainting, you will need the following tips

  • Consider the right color

Kitchen is a very welcoming place in the house. It gives the overall house a symbolic picture of how worth and good looking is the house. It’s, therefore, important to take up a color that is welcoming and reflect the aesthetic value of the home.

2). Painting tips

Below are the tips you can follow to repaint your cabinet nicely.

  • Pre-prepare your kitchen painting area

Pre-preparing your kitchen means you must protect your floor from paint that drips off with materials like cardboards or cloths.

  • Pull to pieces the cabinets

Using a screwdriver, remove all cabinet components like doors, front parts. Hinges, knobs, latches, and any other material so to create space for easy painting. Makes sure to keep them in a safe place. You can use a pencil to number them for easy resembling.

  • Clean everything well

Cleaning entails scrubbing off cabinets to remove contaminants. You can use chemical cleaners like the TSP substitute or drops of detergents in warm water.

  • Sand the cabinets

Use sandpaper to smoothen off the surfaces of the cabinet wall and then clean using a tack cloth. A vacuum can be done so to make the surface cleaner.

  • Painting

Painting forms the area that one needs to be more careful to avoid brush stroke. The procedure involves applying paint on the sides’ walls, which ensure the paint bonds well on the wood. Once the first coat dries up, apply the second coat gently ensuring you smoothen the surface off.

Painting with a brush vs. a roller

Brushes do a perfect job in painting, but rollers are more ideal. If you take a comparison on cabinets painted using brushes to that of rollers, you will notice some marks on walls painted with a brush.

Rollers are best in finalizing work done by brushes in that they help smoothen off the surface and brush marks off. Additionally, rollers compress the paint removing air bubbles trapped during painting, making the paint more stable.

Conclusion

We hope that you have learned something from our work. Regardless of who will paint your cabinets next time you update the kitchen outlook, happy remodeling!

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What is Chalk Paint?

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What is Chalk Paint?

Interesting Facts About Chalk Paint

If you have some home improvement jobs that need to be done around your home, you may want to consider all of the options that you have available to you. In some cases, you may decide to paint the entire home’s exterior or the interior, starting from room to room. 

Whatever decision that you and your family make, it is important that you factor in what types of paint that you can use to complete the jobs that you take on. Particularly, if you are thinking about using chalk paint for different types of projects like painting items in your home like your kitchen cabinets.

Having said this, here are some questions that you may need to find answers to if you want to make an informed decision on which types of paints are best for specific circumstances like chalk paint kitchen cabinets.

What is chalk paint?

Chalk Paint is normally described as a specific type of paint that can be used to complete a wide diversity of different jobs around your home and office too. When you look for this kind of paint on the market, you will also most like to find that this kind of paint has even been branded with a trademark name, which is known by the brand of Annie Sloan. 

Even though Annie Sloan is a brand name of chalk paint, it is also important for everyone to know that there are other companies that manufacture similar chalk paints since they market their own version.

 

Today, when anyone buys this type of paint, they are normally looking to paint furniture or other items that they want to give a special kind of look. For instance, if the owner of a home would like their old furniture fit into a more aged looking type of decor, they may want the aged look that comes from a chalky appearance.

What is the difference between chalk paint & latex paint?

Most people already know what latex paint is because it is has been commonly used in homes and in business facilities too. Even when people do not see the name on the outside of the paint, they can still identify latex paint on the walls by its overall texture as well as it smooth glossy kind of appearance. Therefore, many homeowners and their family members know what this paint is for and where they will most likely see it in any color.

 

While the latex paint versions are relatively easy to see as well as maintain in a home, there are some paints like chalky paint that may not be so well known within this industry. So, if you do not know exactly what chalk paint is and its overall differences between chalk paint and latex paint, you can find out what you need to know by following the latest trends in this industry. 

This is because chalk paint is presently known as one of the biggest rages in the industry. Hence, if you want to know more about chalk paints overall makeup and what it will be used for, you look at sites that will explain its make-up along with the pros and cons of using it.

Pros & cons of white chalk paint

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Pros of white chalk paint!

Saves Money on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets -- Skip the Primers

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Chalk Reacts the Same as Latex Paint

When comparing chalk paint to a coat of latex paint, the durability is about the same. Because each of these types is water based, they will react the same or similar when people nick the pain, spill liquid substances on it and etc. Also, for both paints, the similarities do not stop with how these paint jobs are protected. For instance, before you can complete these paint jobs, you will need to apply a finishing coat.

Cons of Chalk paint

Applying a wax finish on top of chalk paint is not an option but a necessity in completing this work. After applying the job will last longer, but the price is a little bit more pricey to complete.

How Much does Chalk Paint Cost?

The price of chalk paint will vary based on the brand and the ounces purchases. Typically, if you buy Annie Sloan chalk paint, the retail price may start around $34 for 32 oz. Or, if you elect to buy the Rust-Oleum chalk paint brand, the retail price may start around $17 for 30 oz.

What types of projects can chalk paint be used for?

Chalk paint is considered to be relatively heavy in its makeup so it can be used on virtually any surface. However, it is highly recommended as an ideal type of paint for using on various kinds of furniture, to paint the kitchen, refinishing cabinets and much more.

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

What kind of wood finish should I use?

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What type of wood finish should I use?

The use of a piece of furniture or ravages of time can be limited by a finish coat or durable top. While the terms stain, polyurethane, varnish, and lacquer are commonly used in referencing a final finish in overall, these products are not similar and are also not recommended to be used interchangeably. 

Now that you have finished your woodwork project, you will need to protect it with a top finish. What do you choose between the different wood finishes? Here is an exclusive look at the difference between stain, varnish, lacquer and polyurethane.

What is Stain?

Wood stain is basically any translucent or transparent agent used in coloring wood. The coloring agent in the stain is usually a dye dissolved in a liquid, unlike paint that contains pigment suspended in a binder. 

The stain color penetrates the fibers of the wood while the paint rests on the wood surface film. Wood stains mimic the color of the wood after being absorbed. This is different from varnish, which is transparent and clear. Coating laying on top of the wood. 

Wood stains come in three forms, including resin, oil, or alkyd. Once the stain has been absorbed into the wood, you can wipe the excess stain. It is after completing the staining process that you need to finish the job by applying a protective coat. 

Some of the best protective coatings include varnish, lacquer, and polyurethane.

What is Varnish?

The name varnish is commonly used to refer to a top coat or finish generally. However, this is, in a real sense, a very specific product. The terminology confusion is aggravated by manufacturers who refer to lacquers, and polyurethanes as varnish for marketing sake. 

As popular as it is, the varnish is a hard, clear solution that forms a protective film around the wood and gives it a glossy finish. The components of varnish include a solvent or a thinner, drying oil and an alkyd resin. It is not a lacquer and is not a polyurethane. 

The varnish is ideal for raw wood and outdoor projects such as rustic homes and exterior trims and doors the fact that varnish has little color makes it viable in application over wood stains to enhance the wood shine.

Varnish is closely related to polyurethane because Poly is a varnish type. However, Poly has less oil and is more rigid and harder than varnish. Varnish is flexible and contains more oil. Chemically, the two products are very distinct. This makes varnish suitable to all types of climatic conditions as its flexibility enables it to expand and contract depending on the subjected temperatures.

As mentioned above, the wood varnish is perfect for use on outdoor furniture and is resistant to heat, UV light, cold, and saltwater. Though a bit durable, the varnish is not as durable as polyurethane. Its ability to give the wood a warm grow makes it sometimes to be used on indoor furniture.

What is Lacquer?

Lacquer has been used for more than seen a thousand years. The first lacquer was found in China during the Neolithic age. Initially, it was obtained from the Chinese lacquer tree. Modern lacquers are manufactured synthetically. 

This product is a solvent based product made by dissolving nitrocellulose, pigments, and plasticizers in a volatile solvent’s mixture. Its name originates from the Portuguese language with ‘lac’ meaning a particular resin form expelled from insects. 

This product also has a shellac solution in alcohol that makes a synthetic coating creating a high gloss surface. This makes it impervious to alcohol and most household liquid that might spill on it.

Lacquer has the fastest drying time for about thirty minutes and is best for crystal clear finish. You can hence get about three to four coats in a single afternoon. It is one of the hardest top finish and is exceptionally durable. 

It is better wearing and stronger than varnish and shellac. It is still debatable on which among lacquer and polyurethane is more durable and harder. Lacquer finish can produce an excellent high gloss finish. 

Lacquer has two classes, those that dry through a chemical reaction and those that dry via solvent evaporation. The lacquer that dries via chemical reaction is known as catalyzed lacquers. They are available at paint specialty store but have a short shelf life.

Lacquer is the best top coats in terms of forgiving mistakes. You can easily sand away a run or patch a furniture area that was not well coated. Applying a new coat redissolves the previous coat, and they blend perfectly together. 

In cases when you want the natural wood beauty to show through, lacquer is the best choice as it is the clearest top coat. However, in some instances, lacquer can get rid of the 3D wood quality that would be achieved by a polyurethane finish.

When it comes to drawbacks, lacquer may discolor over a long period; it contains a high volatile organic compound (VOC), and dust mast cannot shield you from the lacquer vapor.

What is Polyurethane?

Polyurethane was first discovered during the second world war. This product is a set of human-made synthetic organic compounds. As its word suggest, it is a polymer resulting from the reaction of a diol and diisocyanate. 

According to a research study conducted, polyurethane has been proven to be the most durable and hardest among other existing topcoats. For the past years, this has become the favorite topcoat finish for most of the woodworkers worldwide. 

Almost all the topcoat & finish manufacturer has developed a polyurethane product for sale.

Polyurethane can be purchased in all topcoats from gloss to matte. This product can be brushed on, wiped on, or sprayed on. A natural bristle brush is needed to brush on poly to avoid the formation of bubbles that in case a foam brush is used.

Polyurethane exists in two major types. It has a waterborne and oil-based form. The waterborne version is newer in the market and has some benefits. Waterborne polyurethane is created by mixing small polyurethane microscopic particles with water to form a colloidal suspension. 

This waterborne polyurethane dry fast as the polyurethane microscopic particles cures quickly with the quick evaporation of water. It has a quick dry time of approximately two hours. It is easier to clean using soap and water, offers a more transparent finish and a lower VOC.

Oil based polyurethane takes longer to dry approximately about twenty-four hours. This type cures through a chemical reaction and must be sanded between the coats to make a tooth to be grabbed on by the next coat. 

Oil based polyurethane gives the wood a warm glow for the most beautiful furniture’s.

Looking to paint your wood furniture?

If your looking to paint your wood furniture you may find it helpful to check out our article “What is Chalk Paint”  

 

Conclusion

Many types of finishes are available for use in refinishing your furniture. To know the type of finish that will apply best to your furniture, you need to understand their differences. The information in this article will help you achieve more satisfying results in your woodworking.

Whenever you’re working with any of the above products be sure to read and follow all manufactures safety precautions.

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Paint turning yellow? Find out why!

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Why is my paint finish on my furniture turning yellow?

If you have experienced this you’re not alone.   This is a common problem that anyone may run into and there’s an easy answer.   A yellowing finish is typically caused one of two main reasons.  

  1. The first reason is that there is moisture in the wood.   
  2. The second issue is that there is grease or a film on the furniture that is reacting to the water-based paint. 

 I have scoured the internet looking for solutions for this problem and there are a few simple steps you can take to help avoid a yellowing finish.

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Why would there be moisture in the wood?

Believe it or not wood never completely dries.  While I was at the Hardware store the other week I mentioned the yellowing issue that I have been running into while painting furniture to the fellow working in the paint department. 

He insisted that I make sure I am using wood that is 100% dry.  I then informed him that no wood is 100% dry. 

He then looked at me with a blank stare of confusion and disbelief.

If you have ever done any type of fine woodworking you will understand.  The moisture content in the wood that you use for your project is extremely important.

Nowadays the Farmhouse furniture trend has turned everyone into a woodworker.  Needless to say there just because you know how to nail a piece of wood together doesn’t mean you know all the tricks of the trade. 

Not to worry there is some simple information that can help you.

Most Farmhouse Furniture is built with construction grade pine.  This is a great material to use because it really shows the all the daily wear and tear which adds to that rustic feel. 

It is also much more affordable than hardwoods making many woodworking projects more attainable.

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What is the acceptable Equilibrium moisture content in wood?

There is actually an acceptable percentage of moisture content when working with wood.  In a building with a temperature between 75 and 85 degrees the equilibrium moisture content of your wood should be between 7% – 8%.  

Here are some general guidelines to follow for moisture content when choosing your material. 

Wood flooring equilibrium moisture content will generally range between 6% – 8%. 

Most furniture equilibrium moisture content will range between 6% – 9% while construction-grade lumber typically ranges between 9% to 14% moisture.  

Now that we know wood never really dries why there is moisture in the wood?  Think of wood as a giant sponge.  Wood adapts to the environment that it is in. 

In the winter time when the air is dry wood tends to shrink because the moisture is being extracted from the wood.  In the summertime when it is more humid out wood tends to expand because it is soaking up the moisture in the air.  

So before you fire up the dehumidifier in your house you may want to check your relative humidity levels. Your wood furniture may thank you!

How do you remove grease or film from a piece of furniture?

Working with old furniture is a little different than working with newly built furniture.  Have you ever purchased an old piece of furniture from a thrift store or a yard sale?   Most of the time antique furniture comes with a special smell.   

Your first step to prepare any antique furniture for refinishing is to clean it thoroughly.

First start by taking a damp wet cloth and wiping the entire surface down.  Once the surface is wiped down thoroughly you will want to use some mineral spirits to remove the unseen grime and grease.  I also recommend giving the entire piece of furniture a light sanding as well but you don’t have to go to crazy.

Think of the mineral spirits as a nail polish remover.  After wiping the entire surface clean with mineral spirits let it dry. Lastly, after the mineral spirits that completely dried go over the entire piece once again with a damp cloth.

There are also other products on the market to help in the degreasing process.   Some of these products are made specifically to remove certain types of soot and can be a great option as well. 

Your end goal regardless of what product you use is to ensure that any grease or film is removed from the surface prior to painting.

Question

Do I need to use primer?

Priming any surface prior to putting the finish coats of paint on it’s always a good idea.  Often people skip this step to save some time and money.   Whether you decide to prime the surface or not just understand that all primers are not the same! 

There are many water-based primers on the market that claim to seal unfinished wood.   This may be true to a certain extent but if your main objective is to block any potential yellowing from coming out you’ll want to be picky when choosing the right primer.   

Look for a primer that specifically says that it will block tanning (moisture leaking from wood) and or seal knots.   There are also oil based primers on the market that work excellent as well.   Most oil based paints will block stains in itself.  Just take the appropriate steps when working with oil paints.  Oil paints put off a lot of fumes that can be harmful to your health.

 If you have a small area or knot that needs to be sealed there is another quick option.  I tend to keep a small spray can of shellac handy.  Shellac works great for small touch up work and spot sealing.

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Now you’re ready for paint!

Now that you’ve taken all the steps to prepare your surface make sure to choose a quality finish paint.   Think about how you will be applying the paint.   

Will you be brushing, rolling or spraying the paint onto the surface.    If you don’t have a paint sprayer handy using a combination of brushing and rolling the great auction.   

If you are interested in purchasing a paint spray Graco makes on of the best sprayers on the market for your money.  I always kicked myself for not purchasing this sprayer first!

Best Paint sprayer for your buck!  I have included the link to this sprayer on Amazon if your interested.

Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 Paint Sprayer   

I tend to use Valspar paints for all my projects.   Valspar makes an excellent cabinet paint that is a mixture of water-based paint that is enhanced with an oil synthetic.   This paint works great when brushing or rolling as it tends to dry with minimal brush strokes.  

If you have a paint sprayer just be sure to get a paint that is compatible with your sprayer.   Also follow manufactures directions the paint prior to spraying.

 I hope that you have found information useful if you did please leave a comment below.


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