Options for Painting the Kitchen

Discover options for painting your kitchen.
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Paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your kitchen, but if you're not an experienced painter, it can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, there are a lot of options when it comes to painting kitchens.

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If you're armed with the proper materials and a lot of patience, it can even be a manageable experience.

First, you'll need to select one or a few colors for your kitchen. Popular kitchen paint colors include yellow, red, blue, white, green and gray. Yellow is a sunny shade that can brighten a dark room while red is intense; both are believed to stimulate the appetite. If you prefer a more serene space, consider blue, white, green and gray.

You'll also need to select the proper finish. Flat paint can make walls look very smooth and elegant, but since it's not easy to clean, this finish doesn't work well in kitchens. Instead, opt for an eggshell or semi-gloss finish; both of these are scrubbable, an important trait when it comes to kitchens.

Once you've figured out the colors and finishes you plan to use, it's time to start gathering all your materials. To paint your kitchen, you'll need painter's tape, rollers, brushes for each color if you're using more than one, paint trays, plastic tarps to protect your appliances and floors, and paint.

Prepare your walls with painter's tape before you begin painting. This is a long, tedious process, but it's a necessary one if you want to have even lines throughout your kitchen. Use the tape as a frame for the area you're painting. That way, if you go beyond the tape (and you will), you'll be painting over tape instead of creating uneven lines. Make sure to apply the tape to doors, window frames and moldings that won't be painted as well. Do not use masking tape; it can dry out quickly and be difficult to remove.

Before you begin painting your kitchen, it's important to clear off your countertops. You'll also want to cover your floor, appliances and cabinets with plastic so the paint doesn't drip on anything. In addition, you should clean your kitchen walls before painting them to remove any food or grease that has collected over time. Wipe down moldings and windowsills as well.

To ensure your paint colors really adhere to your walls, you'll need to prime them. You may want to use a tinted primer to reduce the number of coats of paint needed. Once you've finished priming, you can paint all of the trim throughout the room. Many experts also believe it's important to "cut in" when painting in order to ensure clean lines at the corners and edges. Once you've finished cutting in, you can begin painting your ceiling. It's best to use a roller with an extension pole and to move the paint quickly in one direction to ensure a smooth finish. Once you've completed the ceiling, you can move on to the walls.

As soon as the paint feels dry to the touch, peel off the painter's tape slowly. You may need to score along the edge of the tape to prevent it from accidentally pulling up any nearby paint.

After the painter's tape is off, you can finally sit back and enjoy your hard work!

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