Replacing your cabinets to create a whole new different look takes good time, effort, and energy. Make sure you do it right in the first go!
Let us tell you that there are plenty of alternatives in the market, like the cabinet color, hardware, knobs, and other things. Replacing the whole cabinetry just for the aesthetics might not sound sensible at all.
Most people do not prefer replacing the whole kitchen cabinetry, especially when it is still usable. So, what should you do to upgrade your cabinets in the kitchen?
If you wish to get a refreshing look and tweak your cabinetry, plenty of alternatives exist to do that without replacing them.
You can opt for alternatives such as getting some new hardware and painting the cabinet. Or just paint the hardware. Yes, all you would need is some paint and other supplies.
Painting your cabinet HARDWARE can give your kitchen a facelift, and you can give the hardware a refreshing look just by painting them.
You need to follow certain steps to get them painted the right way!
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinet Hardware?
If you are ready to get things started, follow this outline!
Step 1: Prepare Your Hardware
- Get some newspapers and spread them all over the stovetop or countertop. This will protect your countertops from all kinds of paint spills and all.
- Select your knob-specific screwdriver, and unscrew the hardware from the cabinet units.
- Get a bowl of warm water, add some of your dishwashing liquid or powdered detergent, and give it a nice mix. Clean the knobs with this solution.
- If you notice the handles or hinges to be grimy, soak them in a commercial cleaning solution or greaser. And if the handles have rust, soak them in a soapy solution and then scrub with a wire brush.
- Now all you have to do is rinse the handles, hinges, and all with regular water; once done, let them air dry!
- Once they are dry, sand the cabinet hardware using sandpaper. Use a soft cloth to exterminate all sorts of dust from the hardware’s surface. Sanding helps the paint to stick to the hardware surface.
- Now, take large cardboard and poke some holes into the cardboard so that you mount the handles on the cardboard. This will make it easy for your paint.
- Now it is time to screw them into the cardboard. This will help you paint all sides of your pulls and knobs simultaneously without causing drips or any kind of sticking paint.
As you are ready with the step, let us move on to the next.
Step 2: Go Spraying
- To ensure the spray paint works fine, give it a nice shake. Also, it would be best if you give it a nice shake between coats.
- Now, go spraying. The key for spray painting is to use a very light hand. It is advised not to hold that nozzle very tightly.
- Apply thin coats at a time. If one coat dries properly, give it another coat.
If you use the spray lightly, you can get a factory smooth finish at home. You need to give it at least four coats to get a full and better coverage of colors.
Spray paints take very less time to get all dried up, so you can wait for a minute and go spraying again.
The primary reason it is advised to use light sprays is that when you spray lightly, the paint dries up relatively fast. And when you spray heavily, the paint becomes very thick and dripping.
The thicker you spray, the more chances it goes all gummy, and it would take a very long time to dry.
And if you spray again on top of that heavy coat, you will end up making a mess for sure.
Step 3: Drying Up
After finishing your final coat, do not forget to give it time to dry. Yes, it would be best to give it at least 20 minutes for at least drying before you lay a hand on them.
The best way to dry them up is to choose a bright sunny day with no humidity and place the entire setup in the sun for 20 minutes to 30 minutes, and bam!
The magic is now complete!
Now that you have read this article, you know there are better alternatives than replacing cabinets when they are still usable. It’s as simple as painting the hardware!
Sometimes, it may not be possible to replace the whole cabinetry or hardware, and this is where you can embrace the painting alternative.
This will help you give them a facelift, a brand new look! To paint the hardware, you must follow up on the outline, and you are good to go!
Remember, spray lightly, and no good has come from spraying heavily!