Are you thinking of painting your kitchen? I want to caution you before you start. It’s a big project, probably one of the biggest you’ll undertake in your home. The kitchen is the hub of your home; it’s where you cook, eat, and converse. When it’s torn apart and it will get torn apart, you can feel like your world was turned upside down. Trust me because I’ve been there.
Before you paint your kitchen, I wanted to share some of my tips I’ve learned along the way as a painter by trade and someone that painted his own kitchen.
Be Prepared to Prep
If prep work isn’t your thing, hire out. Trust me. Think of all of the nooks and crannies in the kitchen. Sure, you’ll take off the cabinet faces, but there’s still the cabinet structure to work around. You’ll have to work around certain appliances and fixtures too. Painters tape will be your friend.
In order to prepare, you may need to:
- Clean the walls – If you’ve used your kitchen at all, trust me your walls are dirty. Don’t trust me? Take a wash rag to your closest kitchen wall. Believe me now? I know, it’s gross and you didn’t even know it was there.
- Tape the trim – You want your paint to stop at the trim. It’s important that you tape nice and straight or you’ll have funny looking lines and paint drips at the bottom of your walls. If you have crown molding, tape that too.
- Cover large objects – If you couldn’t move everything out of the kitchen, which I recommend, put a drop cloth over it. Don’t assume you won’t drip – trust me, you will and the last thing you want is paint on your appliances or furniture.
- Drop cloth the floor – Do yourself a favor and get a giant drop cloth. Lay it on the floor the entire time you’re painting. Again, you will drip, trust me and you don’t want it on your floor. The less cleanup you have to do, the happier you will be.
Painting the Kitchen
Once you prep, it’s time for the fun part – painting. Start with primer unless the walls are truly in good condition. Most of the time, when I painted homes for people, I had to prime the walls. It gives the new color a better chance of looking great. That’s what you want, right?
Any walls in need of repair, with sad looking paint, or that are bare definitely need primer. Fortunately, it’s easy to apply primer – you don’t have to make it look pretty because you’ll paint right over it. You can probably use a roller in most areas, but if any areas are tight on space, stick with a brush.
Once the primer dries, you can paint the walls. Choose the biggest area first. Grab your roller and paint tray and start painting. Don’t go crazy, work in small sections and work your way around the wall. Once you get to areas that the roller doesn’t fit, you’ll have to switch over to a brush. This will take more time, but will give you the pretty results you want.
Decide how many coats you want. If you’re using a light color, you’ll definitely want two or three coats. If you’re painting a brighter color, it’s up to you. Two coats is typically needed, but again, it depends on what you want. The paint will dry differently than it appears when you first apply it. Let the paint dry before you decide.
Once you’re done, let everything completely dry before putting your kitchen back together. I know it can be frustrating to be without your kitchen, but don’t’ rush it or you may ruin your walls. After you put it back together, admire your newly painted kitchen – I promise it will breathe new life into your home.