When you’re looking to remodel your home, sometimes the best thing to do is to consider which of your rooms sees the most use and to start the remodeling there.
For a lot of people, that room happens to be the kitchen — they prepare the food that they eat either at home or while out in the kitchen, so it’s an important room to keep looking its best.
When people are thinking about remodeling the kitchen, they will sometimes replace their kitchen cabinets, but often enough, it’s enough just to repaint your kitchen cabinets.
In the process of repainting your kitchen cabinets, however, you can easily trip up and make some mistakes that will cost you in the long run — if you don’t know about them, that is.
When you are painting the kitchen cabinets, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to leave the doors on during the process.
One of the issues with leaving the doors on while painting is that you will encounter difficulty painting the cabinets as the doors will impede the painting process.
Another issue is that painting the doors while they are hanging is much more complicated than laying them flat and painting them that way.
When you remove the kitchen cabinet doors, you should label them so that you know where to put them back after you are done painting.
Not labeling the doors will ensure that you possibly will put the wrong doors back, and you want to avoid doing this — each door should go back where you got them.
It is of utmost importance that you clean the kitchen cabinets before you start painting them.
You will be painting on top of the dirt and grime that accumulates over time if you don’t spend some time using some cleaning product to properly remove this dirtiness — as well as grease remover as applicable.
It’s important to sand your cabinets before applying the coat of primer as the surface of the kitchen cabinets, as smooth as they are, can always stand to be a bit smoother.
Sanding the cabinets makes them ready to properly take the coat of primer that you should certainly use.
Using a primer is an important part of the painting process.
Primer allows the paint to adhere to the kitchen cabinets properly.
Primer also makes for a longer paint life in general — you can expect the life of your cabinets to be extended if you use a primer first.
When you paint your kitchen cabinets, you can sometimes get away with using only one coat of paint.
That being the case, you can usually tell if you need a second coat of paint — make sure to apply that second coat where applicable.
This last mistake is one of the biggest that people make — not letting the paint dry before putting on a second coat.
When you do this, you are essentially allowing for the possibility that the first coat of paint will lift up and stick to your paint roller/paintbrush while painting.
Do yourself a favor and give the time necessary for your first coat of paint to dry before putting on the second coat.
This also applies to the primer coat — you should allow the primer coat to dry before painting.
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