How to Spray Kitchen Cupboards: A "Cost-Effective" DIY Job for a "Professional" Look

How to Spray Kitchen Cupboards: A “Cost-Effective” DIY Job for a “Professional” Look

Learning how to spray paint kitchen cabinets can be a fun and “cost-effective” way to refresh the heart of the home, according to Chicatrade. The company explained: ‘Updating or putting a fresh touch on your existing cupboards and drawers is a great way to reuse what you already have instead of sending it to landfill. With the average UK kitchen costing £9,500, there is a strong financial case for updating what have instead of buying new.

In order to achieve a “professional” finish, experts recommended investing in a variety of different tools to help you accomplish the DIY task.

This included a screwdriver, a soap-sugar solution, some clean, lint-free cloths, sandpaper, padding, a putty knife, painter’s tape, and protective sheeting.

Do-it-yourselfers will also need to purchase some primer and brush, spray paint, high-quality latex paint and a mask, overalls and safety gloves.

The experts continued, “If you’re confident in your painting skills, there’s no reason why you can’t spray paint kitchen cabinets yourself.

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Use masking tape and masking tape to protect any areas that are not being painted. For example, inside cabinets, walls, floor, ceiling, countertops, range hood and appliances.

Using a brush to apply primer and paint to cabinet frames, siding, and finish will avoid the need for protective panels, thus saving you time.

At this point, you can repair any holes or scratches using an appropriate filler and putty knife. Once dry, sand all the areas you wish to paint.

“You aim to scrape the surface a little to remove the shine. Clean the dust off with a damp cloth.”

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Once dry, you’re ready to apply a light coat of primer to cabinets and door fronts, using either a brush or a spray gun. Checkatrade recommended using a brush for the primer, and letting it dry for the recommended time.

Fabricators will then need to wipe the surface clean and apply a second coat of primer. Once it dries, it’s time to prep and fill your spray paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Some paints may need to be thinned before use, so it’s worth following the instructions on the product.

The experts added: “When wearing a mask, spray the edges of the door first.

Next, spray any details on the doors. Next, holding the nozzle of the spray gun 10 to 12 inches from the surface of the cabinet door, sweep your entire arm back and forth to apply a light coat of paint to the entire door.

Any drips can be touched up lightly with a paintbrush while the paint is still wet.

“Leave it to dry overnight before applying a second coat to the doors. The whole process should be repeated on the other side of the door once the first side is dry.”

If painting cabinets outside, it’s worth checking the weather first, and making sure it’s a dry day. If the paint is indoors, experts said to build a temporary paint booth to contain the spray.

Allow the cabinets to dry for 12 hours before reinstalling the hardware on the doors and installing them back on the cabinets.

Said the Professionals: “This guide is intended to help you get a professional-looking finish for your kitchen cabinets. However, you can use the same process to update your kitchen drawers, end panels, and plinths to complete the look.”


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