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Painting kitchen furniture is a quick and inexpensive solution to completely renovating your kitchen. It is a simple task that anyone can do and the change will be so radical that it will look like a new kitchen. To do this, you have to choose the colors well, see examples, and correctly apply the paint to the old kitchen cabinets and furniture. That is why we have prepared this article in which we are going to see photos of kitchens with the furniture painted in different colors, examples of before and after painting the furniture and cabinets and how to paint a kitchen with the appropriate steps, paint and materials.
The article is divided into different sections so that you can go to the one that interests you, if that is what you need.
- Photos and ideas for painting kitchen furniture.
- The before and after kitchens with painted furniture.
- How to paint wooden kitchen furniture step by step.
- How to paint lacquered kitchen furniture.
- How to paint melamine kitchen furniture.
- Types of paint to paint kitchen furniture.
Photos and ideas for painting kitchen furniture
Let’s go with a source of inspiration, in case you are not sure what color to choose to paint the old kitchen cabinets. Take good note with these images and colors.
Photo: A Beautiful Mess
Bright and cheerful, yellow seems a very good option to paint kitchen furniture, and if it is combined with white it is better.
Nice dark olive green.
Photo: Lemon Thistle
Although it looks gray, this kitchen is painted in a nice dark olive green, and you can see the before and after here.
In pastel blue.
Holland Avenue Home Photography and Project
A color between mint, soft turquoise and pastel blue. A relaxing and bright cool tone perfect for the kitchen.
Turquoise in color.
Design and photography Evgezmesi
More powerful and energetic, the color turquoise, to create a kitchen in full color.
Project and photography of A Pinch of Home
White is always right to paint any space, and a kitchen too.
Photo Dear Lillie
If white seems too bland, you can always paint the furniture a light gray, which is still bright, combines with any other color and is not white.
Design and photography Colorful Kimmes
This color is not for everyone, but it must be recognized that in this kitchen it has been spectacular.
Kitchen and Interior Photography By Kathe
Another color that is not for all tastes, but it is undoubtedly one of the most elegant. If you have good light in the kitchen, you may be interested in this color. If so, here you can see 25 black kitchens full of style. Let’s now look at the next color.
Reloved Rubbish Photography
Powerful, aggressive and with a lot of personality, if combined with white it is very good and does not recharge as much.
Photography Old Brand new | Instagram @dabito
Along with blue, one of the most relaxing and cool colors out there.
Each color has advantages and disadvantages properties that we must previously study.
Light colors create a greater sense of spaciousness than dark colors, in addition to recharging the room less.
The cool colors are soothing and create the sensation of moving away.
On the contrary, the warm colors are not of a relaxing nature and they recharge the rooms more.
You can learn more about colors by viewing the color wheel.
Now let’s look at the before and after that are always very inspiring.
Before and after
Although the theory and the examples are very good, there is nothing like looking at a few before and after kitchens with painted old furniture and cabinets to get a much clearer idea.
From natural wood to off-white and black.
Project carried out by Red Head can Decorate
From natural to pale blue wood.
Project made by Life in Grace Blog
From natural to white wood.
Project made by Dear Lillie
From orange to white.
Project made by Shabby love
From black to white.
From natural to white wood.
Project made by The Stier Aesthetic
From natural to white wood.
Project made by Rain on a Tin Roof
From natural to white wood.
Project made by Jennifer Rizzo
From white to black.
Project seen in Apartment Therapy
From natural wood to white.
Project seen on Remodelaholic
From natural to medium gray wood.
Project carried out by Addicted2Decorating
From natural to blue wood.
Project carried out by Dans le Lakehouse
As we have seen, most of the before and after examples were of natural wood cabinets, painted white.
And it is the safest option.
Not the best nor the preferred, that’s up to you, but it is the safest; because white combines with everything, creates a feeling of spaciousness, offers more light to rooms, something that comes in handy in kitchens since most are relatively small, and it is a timeless color.
If you have decided to paint the furniture, then I will explain how to do it step by step.
How to paint wooden kitchen furniture step by step
To paint the kitchen furniture and cabinets, we can do it by disassembling the doors and the fronts of the cabinets and moving them to a place prepared to paint them, such as the garage or a well-wallpapered room, this is the best way to do it, or we can also paint them in situ.
-To paint furniture and kitchen cabinets that are finished in wood, first you have to sand them to open the pore to the existing varnish and leave them matte.
With this we get the paint to adhere when it is time to apply it.
We can do it with an orbital or rotary-orbital sander, and we will do it very quickly, or we can do it by hand.
With a medium grit sandpaper block that we can buy here.
We will also need medium grain sandpaper sponges that we can buy here, to sand the areas where the sander does not reach. We have to leave the surface dull.
-Once sanded, you have to clean them. With a damp cloth or paper we will clean the entire surface, leaving it completely clean. If we use a much better degreaser.
-Now that they are sanded and clean, it is time to paint them.
-To paint the old furniture and cabinets we need synthetic enamel of the chosen color. Enamel can be water-based or solvent-based. Today, water-based enamels offer very good hardness, anchoring and resistance, which is why I recommend water-based enamel.
-Both to dilute this type of enamel and to wash the painting tools, it is done with water. If we choose solvent-based enamel, we will need a universal solvent to dilute it and clean the tools.
-To apply the paint, we can do it with a zero-pore roller, it is a foam roller that does not leave hair, and that we can buy here; with a short thread roller, which is a roller with short and very fine hairs, or apply the paint with a spray gun.
-Let’s use the tool we use, we will apply two coats of enamel, leaving the relevant drying time between hand and hand. Read the product or ask the clerk for reference.
But if there is good ventilation, 12 hours is more than enough, if it is water-based enamel. If it is solvent-based, better leave 24 hours between coats.
Do not load the roller too much, better to drain it well so that it does not drip, and stretch the paint well.
-Once the first coat has been applied and dried, we will pass a fine-grained sandpaper sponge to remove any impurities that may have fallen with the first coat, such as hair from the roller or some speck of dust.
Once the door has been sanded and we wipe it with a damp cloth to remove the protruding remains of the sanding and proceed to apply the second coat.
–In general, two hands are needed at least almost always, but if with one perfectly covered, we can skip the second hand. Or, if on the contrary, with two hands you have not yet covered well and they are clear, we will give you a third, or a fourth, or whatever it takes until you cover. But like I say, usually two hands is enough.
-When the doors and parts are dry, another 24 hours, we proceed to put them back in the kitchen cabinets. Even if the paint is dry to the touch, it does not mean that it is completely dry. Until a minimum of 72 hours have passed, the paint will not begin to acquire its greatest hardness. Therefore, they must be handled carefully so as not to mark them.
Note: If the parts are damaged, we can use metal putty, which is used to repair cars, if they have great damage, or wood putty, if it has little or superficial damage.
If we apply a lot of putty, it is necessary to give it a primer afterwards, so that the putty does not “suck” the paint. The primer can be any 4 x 4 primer, which we find in all paint, DIY and / or decorating stores.
Once the primer has been applied, we proceed to paint the cabinets following the steps we have just seen.
How to paint lacquered kitchen furniture
To paint furniture or kitchen cabinets with enamel, which are already lacquered, first you have to sand the surface until it is dull, to open the pore to the paint and that the one that we add adheres perfectly.
Once the entire surface to be painted has been sanded, we will proceed in the same way as we have seen in the previous steps.
If we choose lacquer to paint, instead of enamel, we must know a few things:
This paint is best applied by spray gun to leave a smooth, even, professional finish.
There are two types of lacquer: nitrocellulose lacquer, which is a single component. In other words, it is only a product that, when applied, no longer needs anything else, neither a drying agent nor a polish.
And the two-component hairspray. Which are: the lacquer itself and the catalyst, which acts as a drying agent. Generally it goes from 2 to 1. Which means that for every two parts of lacquer we will add 1 of catalyst. Example: 1 kilo of lacquer = half a kilo of catalyst. Once we have catalyzed the lacquer, we will have a limited time before it dries. We will apply the catalyzed lacquer within two hours or else it will dry.
I strongly advise that, for greater comfort, you choose nitrocellulose lacquer. This is already prepared to be applied directly and does not dry out, as well as being somewhat cheaper. We only need nitro solvent to dilute it properly.
If we decide to apply it with a roller and brush, we will never succeed, no matter how well we apply it, to leave it completely smooth and uniform. Let us be clear: if what we are looking for is a smooth and perfect finish, we need to apply the lacquer with a spray gun and, if possible, inside a painting booth so that no speck of dust falls.
Even so, if you decide to apply the lacquer with a roller, it is applied in the same way as we have seen in the previous steps. It is given two coats, respecting the drying time between coats and that’s it. Although honestly, if the lacquer is not going to have a professional finish, I consider it silly to use this paint, since the glossy synthetic enamel, which is much cheaper, leaves the same finish. Lacquer should be used when finishing is going to be professional.
How to paint melamine kitchen cabinets
To paint melamine furniture and cabinets, we must know that it is a material with zero porosity, so either we sand it well to open the pore and then apply a primer, or whatever paint we use, it will not have adhesion.
That is, first we sand the surface to be painted with a medium-grit sandpaper block until we remove the shine, opening the pore to the melamine.
Once sanded, we clean it and apply a 4 x 4 primer or any other that works.
Once the primer dries, we sand it with a fine sponge sandpaper, gently to remove any impurities that may have remained, we clean it and we can apply the paint, following the steps we have seen in the previous points.
Types of paint for kitchen furniture
The types of paint that we can choose to paint kitchen furniture are:
Synthetic enamel. To water or solvent. This one is sold in any paint store and is available in an almost infinite variety of colors. It is diluted in solvent or in water, depending on what type it is and usually has a price of around € 7/8 per kilo. A very economical price.
Lacquer. It can be nitrocellulose or two-component. This paint is harder, more resistant. But it is advisable to use it only when we are looking for a professional finish. Otherwise it is not worth using it and spending that money.
I understand that it can be difficult just reading to understand, perhaps, some concepts. If you have any questions regarding the application of any paint for the kitchen furniture, as well as the tools, drying or primer, leave a comment so that I can help you in a personalized way.