Tips For Painting Your Kitchen
Painting your kitchen is not the same than painting other rooms, like your bedrooms or a hallway. You usually have to do much more prep work, as well as requiring a much more in-depth cleaning process.
Pick Your Tools
If you’re going to be painting a finished room, it’s better to use a brush for those smaller strips (like those between cabinets) and to keep the roller for large sections of the wall. For empty rooms, a paint sprayer is a great option, but you can also use a roller. If you need help, you can find paint sprayers on the Paint Sprayer Guy website. No matter the size of the room, it’s always best to use a brush for the window and door trim.
Measure Your Walls
One of the first things you should do after deciding to paint is to actually know how much paint you’ll have to buy. The size of the actual walls is not the only thing you need to focus on, painting an empty room requires a lot more paint than painting a fully furnished kitchen.
Let’s start off with what’s easy, which is an empty room. In these cases, the kitchen has nothing but the drywall surrounding it. All you really need to do is to calculate the area of each wall by multiplying the room’s length (which you’ll have to measure for each wall) by its height (which is usually around 8 feet).
Unless you have a completely new kitchen, that’s empty, without any appliances, and that recently got a brand new wall, odds are you’re going to need to seriously clean up your kitchen. Some of the most obvious things to clean up would be taking care of any cobwebs or dust that might on the tops of your baseboards.
Areas above your counters, oven, and stove are usually dirty due to normal kitchen use, so you’ll have to clean them. While you can use a dishwashing liquid and get some results out of it, using tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) and some warm water will be a much more effective choice for cleaning. After you’re done using the mix, and assuming you have some leftover, you should go ahead and clean up the door trim as well.
Before actually starting to paint, get some masking tape and cover up the edges of worktops, appliances, and tiles. This gives the finish a much cleaner edge. You should also cover up your countertops with some rosin paper. It’s very simple to use, and it’s relatively cheap in comparison to other materials. For the floor, we recommend using a canvas drop cloth.
Use a Primer
If you want to get the project done as quickly as possible you should pick a fast drying primer and use it for the first coat. When you’re going to the store for one, be sure to check out that the primer is actually compatible with the paint you’ll be using.
With all of that done, you should be all ready for painting your kitchen with your favorite color. Just one more thing, remember to paint your kitchen from top to the bottom, so that way if there are any paint drips they won’t fall on painted surfaces.