4 Things To Decide Before Painting Your Kitchen

Updating your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to modernize without spending a lot of cash. If you've never taken on the challenge, you may want to look into a professional paint service. But if you decide to do it yourself, it's important to know that prepping for a kitchen paint job is a bit different than the rest of your house. Here are a four key areas to settle on before beginning the work so your kitchen will look like the pros were there.

The Color

Is your kitchen small? If so, you may want to go with yellow, as it tends to make a room look bigger.

If you want a kitchen that will encourage your family to gather around the dinner table and eat big meals together, red or yellow is the color of choice. These two are thought to be appetite stimulants.

Are you a big fan of blue? You're in luck. Blue is a popular choice for kitchens. Just be sure not to coat every single wall with this color, as it will likely overpower the room. Choose one wall as an accent, or use a lighter color like white or cream to paint the cabinets and trim.

If you prefer to keep it simple and go with white, you'll be glad to know that this color is making the rounds again as a popular choice. White is good because it goes with any color cabinets or accents in your kitchen.

Oil vs. Latex

Most people opt for a latex when it comes to painting the interior their home, but the kitchen needs to be treated a little bit differently. This part of the house tends to be heavily used, is prone to stains from food, and gets hit with water splashes and steam from cooking. Therefore, going for an oil-based paint is a good option for your wooden cabinets and doors. 

Oil-based paints not only look nice, they're extremely durable, are more resistant to stains, fade less over time, and make the surface of the cabinet or door super easy to clean. Also, wooden surfaces must be more thoroughly prepped with a sealant beforehand so the wood doesn't swell after painting.

One disadvantage to an oil-based paint is that fluctuations in temperature can make the paint crack, so this is something to think about. It also takes longer to dry—about 8 hours on average—and your brushes and tools will need to be cleaned with a solvent. Make sure you have good ventilation in your home when you use oil paints.

The Finish

For your walls, you'll probably want to go with a latex paint. But how do you decide between a flat or a gloss finish? The general rule of thumb is that the more "flat" a finish, the harder it is to clean (this is one of the reasons why oil-based paints are so easy to clean: they have a naturally glossy finish).  

A satin finish is attractively shiny and easy to clean, making it a preferred finish for kitchens. A semi-gloss is also doable, but it tends to be glossier than satin and reflect light a little more. This same property makes any imperfections in your wall, like dings and bumps, stand out more than with a flat or satin paint.

Both satin and semi-gloss will work great at resisting cracking, peeling, and mildew growth, which are common in areas of high moisture.

Painting Your Appliances

If you have outdated appliances that work just fine, but you can't afford to invest in new ones, why not make them stand out with a coat of paint? Believe it or not, you can buy paint that's made to endure extremes in heat, making it perfect for your oven and stove. Here are some creative ideas and tips:

  • Apply stainless steel paint to that old white or green refrigerator, making it pop with modern flair.
  • If you have kids, or you're young at heart, consider a chalkboard paint for your refrigerator. Use the surface for coloring or keeping a grocery list.
  • Be sure to scrub the surface of any appliances you paint; grease and grime will prevent the coats from adhering.
  • Unless you're painting a cast iron stove, stay away from most products labeled "stove paint," as these are what they are generally geared for.
  • Do not paint the surface of a glass top stove, as the paint will melt and burn when you cook, leaving a permanent mark.

If you would prefer that a professional handle this task for you, contact a company like M.S. Service Inc.


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