Diy Kitchen Painting

DIY Kitchen Painting is one of the easier DIY Projects!

DIY kitchen painting is the type of job that anyone with basic skills can do. For DIY kitchen painting projects to succeed, all you need are some basic tools, the correct paint type and colour, and some care and patience. Best of all, DIY kitchen painting can be immensely satisfying, because it's one of the easiest ways to give this utilitarian room of the house a quick and effective makeover.

Whether you want to add colour to your kitchen with paint, or clean it up by painting the walls white, you need to choose a paint that will produce a tough finish you will be able to scrub clean. There are various choices, although paint manufacturers often recommend thixotropic, non-drip polyurethane enamel paint that has a semi-gloss finish. This type of paint is also suitable for painting wooden kitchen cupboards and skirting boards. The beauty of it is that it evens itself out on the surface, giving a smooth surface without any obvious brush strokes. Otherwise use a good quality satin or velvet finish water-based paint. Cooking produces steam and general grease that is not only unsightly, but also unhygienic, so it really will pay to spend a little extra to make sure you are able to clean the walls thoroughly when they get dirty.

Whether you are painting the outside of your house, a living room or a kitchen, preparation is always important. The surface you are going to paint must be clean and dry. If existing paint is peeling off the walls, you will need to strip it off or sand it down. If the existing paint is in good condition, you will probably be able to paint on top of it, unless it's an enamel finish and you want to use water-based paint this time around. Then you will need to coat the surface with a universal undercoat or multi-surface primer. A bonding liquid would also do the job.

If you're painting wooden cupboards that haven't been painted before, you'll need to use a wood primer first and then a non-drip or eggshell or even a high-gloss enamel. While most enamel paints are solvent-based (which means you'll need to clean your brushes with mineral turpentine), water-based enamel paints are now also available. If the cupboards have a sealant of some sort on them (either a varnish or wood sealer), then paint on a coat of universal undercoat before you apply the topcoat. If you've got old melamine cupboard, use a melamine primer before you paint the doors. This will make sure that the top coat sticks to the melamine.

Before you start painting in your kitchen, cover working surfaces and appliances with newspaper or a drop cloth of some kind. Also cover the floor so you don't drip or spill on it. Use masking tape along all edges where you need a nice, clean line - alongside cabinets, cupboards, door and window frames, or along the ceiling cornice or the skirting board. Then get a paint brush or roller, and you'll be all set to start DIY kitchen painting.

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