Kitchen Painting Ideas
Scott Gutierrez - Penn Valley, CA

Hardwarian Scott Gutierrez

Penn Valley True Value Hardware

Penn Valley, CA

Kitchen Painting Ideas

Level: Beginner

Want to change the look of your outdated or dingy kitchen surfaces but don’t want to take on a full kitchen remodel? Then consider one of the easiest and least expensive kitchen do-overs: a paint job.

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  • Paint Walls

     
    • Step 1: Choose a New Kitchen Color Scheme
       

      Rethink your kitchen colors. Choosing a new color scheme for your kitchen is a snap when you visit our color selection tool. Once you’ve decided, simply add a few pops of color here and there with accessories such as vases, bowls, wall hangings or colorful kitchen gadgets set around the room.

    • Step 2: Prepare the Walls
       

      Set up your painting space. Now that you’ve settled on your kitchen colors, it’s time to prepare the walls for painting. Cover countertops, floors and anything you can’t move from the room with drop cloths, tarps or plastic sheeting. Using a damp cloth, wash the walls with all-purpose household cleaner and water. Patch any holes and wall damage with spackling compound. Scrape off flaky areas of old paint using a putty knife. Remove switch and outlet plates, ceiling fixtures, cover plates and other hardware with a screwdriver. Cover edges and trim with painter’s tape.

      Even though it’s not necessary to apply a coat of primer before you paint, it’s a good idea. Doing so will give you better coverage and help the paint last longer. If your walls are stained, be sure to use a stain-killing primer prior to painting. When painting a light color over a dark color, you will get better results with fewer coats by applying a primer first. Also, if you are planning on painting a very dark color you will get truer color by using a tinted primer coat first.

      Priming doesn’t require as much care as painting, but you’ll use the same technique. Apply EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Primer/Sealer, moving in 6'-square sections, with a series of overlapping “W” strokes from right to left, then back from left to right. Spread the primer evenly using horizontal strokes. Continue in 6'-square sections until the entire surface is primed.

      Helpful Tip

      Put a window fan (set to “exhaust”) near an open window in your work area. This will help by directing much of the dust and fumes outdoors.

    • Step 3: Paint the Ceiling and Walls
       
      paint roller kit

      Mask the perimeter of the ceiling with painter’s tape. Next, “cut in”—or outline—the entire room with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint and an angled paintbrush to reach the areas a roller can’t. Get as close to the area as you can and apply the paint about a ¼" away from the edge of the surface. On the second pass, apply more pressure to carefully push the paint into place.

      Helpful Tips

      To roll closer to edges without making a smeary mess, put your hand inside a plastic bag and slide the paint-soaked roller so it extends about 1" past the end of the roller handle cage. This allows you to roll right up to edges and cover any brush stroke messes.

      When doing ceiling brushwork, it’s easier to pour paint into a smaller container, like a coffee can. That way you don’t have to lug a heavy paint can up the ladder with you.

      Start with the ceiling before painting your walls. Use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Ceiling Paint. Always use a quality latex paint such as True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint on the walls. Use the same technique as priming your ceiling and walls, moving in 6'-square sections across them. Be sure to feather the edges of the squares, using less pressure when applying paint at the edges of the square. This will keep the finish even and prevent any lines where the paint overlaps from another section. Keep working with the squares until the surface is completely painted. Without adding paint to the roller, use light strokes to re-roll from the bottom of the wall to the top (or across the ceiling) to ensure everything is even.

      If your paint is any finish other than flat, you should go over the entire surface (for very large areas, do two square sections at a time) once again with one-directional, overlapping, non-diagonal strokes to blend the paint.

      Helpful Tip

      Be sure to choose a roller cover that suits the surface texture. If you have a “popcorn” or textured ceiling, use a roller with thicker pile. A True Value Hardwarian can help you find the right roller cover for your paint project.

      Use the brush wherever your roller can’t reach. Dip the bristles no more than an inch into the paint and go over areas in the corners, next to the doors, windows and molding.

      The first coat doesn’t have to be totally dry, but the longer you let the paint dry, the better the coverage will be. Paint the second coat the same way you painted the first.

    • Step 4: Clean Up
       

      Pick up your drop cloths, tarps and plastic sheeting and close up your paint cans. Dispose of used paint cans appropriately. Cleaning paint brushes and other tools can be made easy with warm water and soapy water. Thoroughly rinse your roller covers and brushes in water, and then place them in a brush/roller spinner, if you have one, to remove excess liquid. Store in their protective sleeves or hang them on nails or hooks. Pick up drop cloths carefully, making sure you don't spread around any paint that may have gotten on them. Next, remove painter's tape at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. Remember that the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove.

    Paint Ceramic Tile

    If you’re tired of the color of your ceramic tile or you’re changing your décor or kitchen color scheme, painting kitchen tile can save you the expense of re-tiling. The key is very careful preparation, as well as using the right primer and the proper paint.

    • Step 1: Clean Tile and Grout
       

      Use a good commercial bathroom tile-and-grout cleaner to remove all grease, dirt and grime. If there is any mildew, be sure to use a product designed to kill the mildew and remove any stains. Use a non-metallic abrasive pad to clean. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of cleaner.

      Safety Alert!

      Wear rubber gloves and goggles to protect skin and eyes from harsh cleaning chemicals.

      Helpful Tip

      If grout repairs are required, they have to be done at least 48 hours prior to painting so the new grout will have adequate time to cure.

    • Step 2: Sand the Tile
       

      For the primer and paint to bond properly, you have to adequately sand the tile. Use a very fine, 220-grit sandpaper to remove the gloss without scratching the surface of the tile. Any scratches on the tiles will show through the new finish, so take care when sanding the tiles.

      Safety Alert!

      Wear goggles, a dust mask and other protective clothing when sanding.

    • Step 3: Remove Dust and Debris
       

      Clean the tile thoroughly with a vacuum, soft brush and a slightly damp, lint-free cloth. This will remove all sanding dust, but it will also reveal any areas that you missed—those will look like glossy patches. If necessary, re-sand the glossy patches.

    • Step 4: Apply Primer
       
      True Value Easy Care® Primer

      Use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Primer/Sealer. Because the primer is critical to a successful paint job, you may want to apply two coats. You can also try True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint and skip to Step 5.

    • Step 5: Apply Paint
       

      Using the same technique as with the primer, apply EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint over the primer. Paint the second coat after the drying time specified on the label. Latex primers and paints may take a full 14 days to become resistant to scratches and abrasions.

      Helpful Tip

      Put a window fan (set to “exhaust”) near an open window in your work area. This will help by directing much of the dust and fumes outdoors.

    • Step 6: Clean Up
       

      Good brushes will last for many years if you treat them well. Use a brush comb to separate bristles that stick together near the heel of the brush. Rinse the brush out in water. When the water runs clear, put the brush in a spinner if you have one or thoroughly shake out excess liquid. Put the brush back in its protective sleeve or hang it on a nail or hook until you’re ready to paint again.

    Paint Kitchen Cabinets

    Painting kitchen cabinets is a simple weekend project with results that speak for themselves. Kitchen cabinets see a lot of use, so you'll want to choose True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint to withstand the daily wear-and-tear.

    When painting your cabinets, you don’t have to paint the interior of the cabinets themselves. The interior is only visible when the cabinet is open and leaving the inside of the cabinet as is won’t have any effect on the final result. However, you will want to paint both sides of the cabinet doors.

    Helpful Tip

    Put a window fan (set to “exhaust”) near an open window in your work area. This will help by directing much of the dust and fumes outdoors.

    • Step 1: Remove Cabinet Hardware and Clean Surfaces
       

      Remove the door handles, knobs and closures using a screwdriver. If you’re going to paint with the doors on, you don’t have to remove the hinges. You can paint the hinges so they match the cabinets, or cover them with blue painter’s tape. If you aren’t planning on painting the hinges, you may want to remove the doors to avoid the hinges altogether.

      Be sure to protect your floor and/or countertops with drop cloths. If you choose to remove your cabinet doors, it might be easier (and safer) to paint them in the garage.

      Clean the cabinets with trisodium phosphate (TSP)—a heavy-duty cleaning powder. Dilute the TSP with water according to manufacturer’s specifications. Use a sponge and the TSP solution to wash the doors and the cabinet exteriors, letting them dry completely.

      Safety Alert!

      Use TSP as directed by the manufacturer. TSP can corrode metal and damage finished wood. Be sure to wear goggles, protective clothing, and rubber gloves.

      Sand any shiny surfaces with coarse-grit sandpaper until they are dull. This will give the surface a rough texture for the primer to bond to.

      Safety Alert!

      Wear goggles, a dust mask and other protective clothing when sanding.

    • Step 2: Prime the Cabinets
       

      Using a roller, apply True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Primer/Sealer to the front and back of the cabinet doors. Then prime the cabinet façade. When you're done with the roller, go back over the primed surfaces with a paint brush and prime any areas the roller couldn't reach. Make sure the cabinet doors don't close during this process — your cabinets might stick shut. Leave the cabinet doors open and let dry overnight. 

    • Step 3: Paint First Coat
       

      After the primer has dried, apply the first coat of True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint. Follow the same pattern you used for priming the cabinet. Again, leave the cabinet doors open and let the paint dry for 24 hours.

    • Step 4: Apply Final Coat
       

      Using a fine-grit sandpaper, lightly sand away any bubbles that formed with the first coat of paint. Now it’s time to apply the final coat. Do the brushwork first in the areas you know the roller can’t reach. Then finish up with the roller. When done, let the cabinet doors dry for 24 hours before hanging them. It takes a couple of weeks for the paint to harden, so take care with your freshly painted cabinets because they will be susceptible to scratching.

    • Step 5: Clean Up
       
      finished painted kitchen

      Good brushes will last for many years if you treat them well. Use a brush comb to separate bristles that stick together near the heel of the brush. Rinse the brush out in water. When the water runs clear, put the brush in a spinner if you have one or thoroughly shake out excess liquid. Put the brush back in its protective sleeve or hang it on a nail or hook until you’re ready to paint again.

      Congratulations! Your kitchen has been updated without the cost of a complete remodel.

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