6 Essential Tips For Painting The Kitchen

6 Essential Tips For Painting The Kitchen

By Donna William | Lifestyle Editor on November 5, 2018
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The kitchen is considered to be the center of your house and the best place where people meet and socialize. Updating the kitchen space with the latest color is very important. Painting this essential space is different from painting the other parts of the house. It is quite different from your living room or your bedroom as there will be limited space.

Some important painting tips for your kitchen are mentioned here:

Paint colors

It is essential that you choose the paint color of your kitchen wisely since it is also a very important space in your home. The paint color should have a high visual impact and should be aligned with the idea of eating. Some of the worst choices for the kitchen paint color include blue color as a research has also suggested that the blue color dulls the appetite. Green can be a soothing and comforting color suggestion for your kitchen space when combined with stainless steel appliances, gives elegance to your cooking place.

While making a color decision always consider other features of the kitchen like size, height, the source of light, appliances and cabinet shades. Ceilings introduce another dimension to a room. For a tall ceiling, darker shades are recommended but with dark walls always combine a lighter shade of color. The same color can give different look in different rooms as the source of light makes a huge impact on the color. So always choose the color considering the source of light.

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Paint finish

Choose the paint finish sensibly. The finish on the walls of the kitchen should be glossy so that the cleaning out the surface is easy. But the glossy finish highlights any imperfection and is recommended only on the highly smooth surface.

So, Semi-gloss and satin finishes are highly recommended in the kitchen area as they are flat enough to hide any imperfection in the wall but also are glossy to address frequent cleaning.

Tools

Choose your tools for painting the kitchen as per the requirements. For an empty space, you can either choose from the roller or airless paint sprayers, which is available easily at rxtooler.com, for the door trims and the windows, use if the brush is preferred.

When you are painting a finished room, roller or paint sprayer can be used for painting the larger areas and for small strips like backsplash or cabinets, doors and windows, prefer using a brush.

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Calculating the size of the walls

Figure out the size of the walls to get the estimate of the amount of paint required for your kitchen. This can be done easily as

For empty rooms: In a newly constructed kitchen, the kitchen would be nothing but walls. The square foot area of such room can be calculated easily by calculating the area of each wall. Multiply the room height by the length to get the area of each wall separately and then add them all to get the total area of the walls of the room.

For the finished kitchen: This type of kitchen would generally be stocked with appliances, cabinets, and floorings. Here a lot of areas are covered by these and you get a lot lesser square footage space than the empty kitchen. The one way to calculate the area is to calculate the area as if it is an empty kitchen and buy enough paint. The leftover extra paint can be used later on for touch-ups. The other way can be a painstaking process. Calculate the size of all the squares, rectangles and little strips of the wall and add them to get the total square footage of the wall.

Clean the paintable surface and prep up

If you are dealing with an empty room with only drywalls, cleaning and prepping up is a lot easy.

For the finished or remodeled kitchens, cleaning can be quite a daunting task but is necessary for long-lasting results.

Start with fully emptying and thoroughly cleaning the cabinets, ensuring that dirt and grease are removed properly. Remove all handles and knobs. Remove the drawers and you can label them for your reference so that you know where it belongs to. You should tape off all paint free parts including countertops, hinges and all the kitchen appliances to protect them from any paint stains. Put a canvas drop cloth on the floor.

The walls above five feet in the kitchen need more efforts than just dusting. Remove all the cobwebs and dust thoroughly using damp cloth and vacuum.

Start to paint

After ensuring all the above steps are followed completely, you can start painting your kitchen. If using an airless paint sprayer, check for the guidelines on usage and drape plastic covers on the doors to the adjacent rooms to protect them from any mist harming them.

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