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Paint Your Way to Pretty Cabinets

Paint Your Way to Pretty Cabinets

Gather expert tips for cabinet-painting success and enter for a chance to win Fusion Mineral Paint in a hot new hue!

Remodeling your kitchen can be costly, and new cabinetry is a high-ticket item. If you are looking to save money but still create a dramatic new look, consider painting your cabinets. Jennylyn Pringle, president of Homestead House Paint Co., makers of Fusion Mineral Paint, shares her steps for painting kitchen cabinets like a pro.

1. Practice
If youíre new to painting, try tackling a smaller piece before diving into a massive project like your kitchen cabinets. There are little nuances when it comes to painting and a bit of a learning curve.

2. Prep Your Space
Designate a large workspace, such as a dining table, to be able to lay cabinet doors flat and leave them undisturbed throughout the process. Laying the doors flat makes the paint application easier to manage and cuts down on drips and inconsistent strokes. Remove any hardware, if possible, or use painterís tape to completely cover it. Take note of the weather before painting, as it can affect dry times. Try to avoid painting on extremely humid days or days with extreme temperature changes or even very windy days to avoid paint splatter! Do not paint when itís below 50ļF or above 86ļF.
Tip: Use a bit of tape and a marker to label the insides of the cabinet doors so you know where they go when itís time to put them back in place.

3. Prep Your Surface
Preparing your surface is the most crucial step in painting kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are notorious for having grease residue. Remove the grease by cleaning your cabinets using Fusionís TSP Alternative. When using Fusion Mineral Paint, 95% of kitchen cabinets will not need a primer. The exceptions would be knotty pine, which can be sealed with a shellac-based primer, and super-slick surfaces, such as laminates, which might require Fusion Ultra Grip adhesive primer.

4. Test Your Color
When investing in such a large project, itís wise to try the color out on a spare cabinet door or the back of a door. Color will change with the lighting in your space, so testing it in your space will ensure youíre fully satisfied with the results.
Tip: If you are going from a dark surface to a bright white, consider using a transition coat of neutral gray before applying the white. This will save time and extra coats of paint.

5. Choose the Right Tools
Picking the right tools will ensure a smooth application and finish. We recommend using a combination of both brush and roller to apply paint to cabinets. Rolling allows for quick application, while brushing provides a smooth finish. Investing in a fine quality synthetic brush and microfiber roller will make your painting job so much easier. For getting into the corners and grooves of most kitchen cabinets, we recommend a round or sash brush with a fine point. You might also want a flat spalter brush to "lay off" the wet paint after roller application for a super-smooth finish.

6. Start Painting
Dip your brush into the paint a maximum of halfway up the bristles. Donít use too much paint. It is better to paint one or two thin layers rather than one thick layer. If you see brush strokes, you have too much paint on your brush. To avoid inconsistency, paint from one end of your piece to the other, without starting and stopping halfway. Donít brush back and forth too much as the paint will start to dry and create brush marks. If you struggle with brush strokes, or have a large surface, a high-quality roller is your best friend. Dip the roller into your paint tray and roll off the excess paint. Apply to your surface by rolling evenly in one direction, following the woodgrain. Do not apply too much pressure to avoid roller marks. If you see an "orange peel" texture, you have too much paint on your roller. For the ultimate smooth finish, glide a flat spalter brush across the still-wet surface to smooth out any remaining texture.

7. Sand and Apply Additional Coats
Typically one to three coats are needed for a great quality finish on kitchen cabinets. Follow the directions carefully when doing a large project, and recoat when recommended by the paint manufacturer to ensure the best results. Fusion Mineral Paint dries in 30 minutes and can be recoated one to four hours after application, depending on the climate. Sand between layers with fine-grit sandpaper to even out any brush strokes and give you a smooth finish. For an even smoother finish, wet the sandpaper. Make sure you wait at least half an hour for the paint to be dry to the touch. It is best to wait several hours unless you purposefully want to distress the surface rather than smooth it. Wet sanding too soon can go right through the newly applied paint. Fusion Mineral Paint boasts a highly durable built-in top coat, which means your piece will be very durable for everyday use. It is also stain- and water-resistant Paints take some time to fully harden and cure, so in the first 30 days, light use is recommended. If you removed your cabinet doors to paint them, be mindful when replacing them.

Go Green with Our Fusion Mineral Paint Giveaway!

Go Green with Our Fusion Mineral Paint Giveaway!

Green kitchen cabinets are trending, and Fusion Mineral Paint has just introduced a new color, Jennyís Green, which was inspired by Big Family Little Farmhouse blogger Jenny Zacharewiczís trademark hue. You can see Jennyís home in the Summer 2021 issue of Farmhouse Style.

Plus, you could win a Fusion Mineral Paint prep and paint kit that includes four pints of the new Jennyís Green Fusion Mineral Paint. Three entrants will be selected to receive a prep and paint kit valued at $150. Enter here today. Deadline for entries is June 13, 2021.

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