How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets in a Two-Tone Finish
Renew old cabinets and add depth to your kitchen with a two-tone paint and finish treatment.
When choosing the proper cabinets, focus on styles with smooth, flat fronts. The less ornamentation the better since paint may bubble when applied to rounded, uneven surfaces.
Wearing dust mask, protect surrounding areas with drop cloth, then use electric sander to remove existing finish from cabinet. Next, wipe the cabinet with a damp cloth.
Use tape measure to determine proper placement of hardware. Mark with pencil, then use drill and drill bit to add hole through door front.
For an unexpected touch, consider doubling or tripling the amount of knobs or pulls needed for door fronts. This adds an extra layer of visual interest and graphic punch.
Wearing dust mask and using paint sprayer and quart of tinted primer or can of spray primer and spray-can handle, add an even coat of primer to the cabinet and door fronts.
Using tinted primers when working with bold colors ensures a better finish and also cuts down on the number of coats needed.
With semi-gloss or high-gloss paint loaded into paint sprayer and wearing a dust mask, add first coat of bold paint to cabinet, ensuring even coverage of the interior and exterior. To ensure proper coverage, move left and right from top to bottom in a slow, controlled manner. Allow approximately three hours for first coat to cure, then repeat this process to apply second coat.
When the paint is dry to the touch, attach new hardware into the pre-drilled holes using screwdriver and or wrench.
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