Paint can improve the look of your cabinets, but it can't get rid of the problems inherent with bad cabinet design or structural issues. Some cabinets made from cheap materials will continue to wear quickly over time. Cabinets including vinyl paper will peel and be harder to fix than those that don't. Particle board cabinets can sag or even break in the right conditions; they should be replaced rather than painted.
Cabinet Painting Considerations
Depending on the type of kitchen cabinets you have, the process involved with painting them will vary -- and so will the price. For example, custom cabinets -- which often are not stained before they are sold -- require significant prep work to ensure a lasting paint job. If you have custom cabinets, you might consider sending them out for preparation or hiring a cabinetry contractor to apply a finish before they're painted. You might also consider whether it is worth painting custom cabinets at all, as it may cost more to prepare them for paint than it will cost to actually paint them.
You also need to consider the type of paint you're going to use on the kitchen cabinets, as this will impact the price and longevity of their appearance. The quality of paint you apply will determine how quickly or slowly it wears, as well as whether it chips and is resistant to water, dirt and grime. The most common types of paint for kitchen cabinets are oil/water-based and latex paints.
Oil and water-based paints may include alkyd resins for a varnished look. Many professionals use them when applying a topcoat to kitchen cabinets because they form a good, hard and durable surface -- and they're not susceptible to much damage during their drying period. Some oil and water-based paints, however, can give off indoor air pollutants. Many homeowners particularly look into alternative paints containing low- to zero- volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Latex paints are another option for homeowners looking to paint their kitchen cabinets. Latex dries quickly, is easy to use for DIY projects and can easily be wiped away with water. The drawback of latex paint is that it takes longer than oil- or water-based paints to dry -- almost two to three weeks -- and kids and pets must be kept away for as long. Any homeowner who decides to use a latex paint should make sure that it is 100 percent acrylic since it has great durability and adheres better to the base material than vinyl latex paints.
Flush (flat) door
If your doors are flat, you will mainly use a roller. You will also have to use a brush to smooth out any blotches left by the roller. Rollers are the best way to cover a large surface, preferable to taking a brush and trying to get the whole door in one go. Doors with a mahogany veneer in particular have a very rough texture, so you might have spots that are harder to paint completely. You should sand the door as much as you can before priming and painting it.
Changing the color of your interior comes with many considerations. First is the color of your walls. If you have brightly colored walls, your interior door should be brightened to match them. The opposite is true with darker colored walls. The frame should also match the interior door, so it doesn't seem out of place in the wall.
Do not use paint intended for interior doors on your exterior door. While interior paint is strong, it cannot handle outdoor climate conditions. The best paint to use on exterior doors is 100 percent acrylic latex paint. This paint is both flexible and chemically ready to handle harsh climate conditions -- and it won't allow for dirt, grease or rust, so your door will be easy to clean. Just be sure to thoroughly scrub the door ahead of time so you're not covering grime in a layer of paint.
Your garage door is a major exterior feature, and it should be kept in top condition at all times -- both in terms of function and appearance. If the paint on your garage door is flaking, chipping, peeling or cracking, repaint the door as soon as possible. You should also consider repainting the door if it no longer matches the rest of the house or the garage exterior.
Garage Door Materials
Consider the material of your garage door when choosing paint. If a wood garage door has cracks, rot or bubbling, peeling paint, it might need a new paint job; however, if the wood is too rooted or cracking away in large chunks, you'll likely need to replace the entire door or have extensive repairs done by a garage door professional.
Metal garage doors are usually coated with an enamel finish that should last for a long time. If you choose to paint over the enamel strictly for cosmetic purposes, be aware that you'll need to maintain the paint job every five years on average. If the enamel happens to wear out for some reason -- climate conditions, wear, age -- it should be addressed immediately. This could be particularly serious if the metal is exposed and starts to rust. Also, some metal paints suitable for a metal garage door may wash away and stain your driveway; it is best to consult with a garage door professional before choosing which type of paint to use on a metal door.
How much paint will you need for a garage door? Metal doors typically require less paint than wood doors, though it depends on the square footage. You will also need less paint if you're freshening up the original paint color. You'll need more paint if you're changing the color of the door, especially if you're going to a drastically bright shade.
Once you've chosen your accent wall, select a color that will accentuate -- and complement -- the room (You don't want to choose a bright color when everything else in the room is dark.). If you're unsure, consult with a designer about what might best suit the room -- or choose a few different paint cards and place them against the wall to try them out for a few days. A good rule of thumb is to paint the accent wall a few shades darker than the walls around it.
Tips for Painting Exterior Trim
If you decide to repaint the exterior trim of your home, always begin at the corner and brush smoothly away from it. Use a brush made for small panels. Do not try to add another coat of paint before the first layer has dried completely. Remove the windows and doors if possible; otherwise, apply painter's tape to avoid blotches.
Tips for Painting Interior Trim
Akin to painting exterior trim, you can paint interior door and window trims to refresh your home without spending a fortune on repair or replacement. Over time, these areas become particularly worn down by age and repeated use of the doors and windows. You might also install new trim and paint it to match.
If you want to include a design in the trim, you can do something called ?cutting in? with painter's tape. Painters create designs, patterns or lines by laying down painter's tape and painting over or around it. You can also do this with masking tape by ?masking out? the areas you don't want painted and removing the tape after the paint has completely dried.
Help us improve this article
Was this page helpful? Please Select 5 - Extremely Helpful 4 - Very Helpful 3 - Helpful 2 - Somewhat Helpful 1 - Not Helpful
The costs are not accurate enough
The task described is not specific enough
Show me more context of what's included in the cost
Show me more cost per measure (ex: per sq.ft., per hour, etc.)
Show me cost of labor vs materials
Show me more information about my location
Share your cost experience
Help others plan and budget for their projects
Italian Renaissance Gown for Iplehouse EID This pattern was designed to fit my Iplehouse EID Carina.