Painting kitchen cabinets is a quick and inexpensive way to transform the look of your kitchen. It’s also a relatively easy project to tackle, making it an ideal job for beginners who want to start with DIY. Getting the right tools and materials is an excellent place to begin your project, in which case, you’ll want to choose the right type of paint before moving forward.
Choosing the right type of paint can be confusing, as it appears that any paint can be used. An excellent way to narrow your choices is to consider:
Are you looking to fully cover your cabinets grain or bring out their natural color? The appearance of the final surface of your cabinet will depend on the chemical composition of the paint you choose.
Most paints are designed to stick to one surface and not work if used on another surface. Make sure you get the right type. For example, if you are going to be painting a wooden exterior, then buy poster paint.
Usage and Exposure
Paint is also used to protect surfaces and give your cabinets a flexible or reliable feeling. While a hard surface appears to be the best option, it is not always the case. Rigid and flexible bodies have their advantages and disadvantages, and your choice will depend on the type of use of your surface.
While there are many paint products to choose from on the market today, most of them can be categorized into six types. Here are some of the more popular types of paint that you can use for your DIY projects.
Oil-based paints are used in various applications and can also be applied to metal, provided the surface is treated correctly. Exterior oil paint or “house paint” is used to color and protect wood or metal exposed to the elements. The inner oil paint is not durable but is good enough to withstand moisture and accidental wear.
Water based paint uses water instead of the oil that the painter mixes during preparation. It is not moisture resistant but is relatively less expensive and is often used to paint walls and ceilings. It does not fade after drying and is odorless compared to oil paints.
Plastic paints are often used to achieve a textured finish since they can thicken during mixing to not run out after application. Plastic pants can be either oil-based, lead white, or water-based and are usually applied using special mounting tools such as patterned rollers.
There are different types of varnishes. Some are only suitable for indoor use while others are strong enough to be used in outdoor furniture and even wood floors.
Enamel is similar to varnish, except that a coloring pigment is usually added. It also dries quickly without leaving any brush traces.
Lacquer is a fast-drying nitrocellulose coating that is a hallmark of kitchen cabinets and antiques inspired by Asian and Japanese cuisines. It can also be used on metal to prevent fading. However, one downside is that it is flammable and often has to be used with an airbrush because it dries very quickly.
Shellac – Lacquer is derived from the resin produced by the female lake bug. It gives a matte or almost glossy finish like paint.