Doing the renovation job yourself would be the best choice if you have the tools near you and can manage to use it to set your kitchen as your desired one quickly and efficiently.
Step 1: Repainting wood, wood-laminate and metal cabinets is quite easy, but it is difficult to do so to plastic cabinets unless you manage the special paints. Meeting up with a paint dealer should be the first choice and then try out the sample of the paint on your design.
Step 2: To create the difference in your kitchen cabinet you need to think about the shape and size of the cabinets. If you have cabinets with raised panels, routed profiles or architectural detail then you need more time to think about all these in be very clear about what should be done. At first you should paint the flat surface followed by the beveled areas of the raised parts.
It would be better to buy new half done cabinets and then paint them along with present cabinets as long as they are solid rather than going for any paint that will damage your cabinets in future.
Step 3: Decision must be taken on the applicator, spray, rolling or brushing with either a natural, synthetic bristle brush or foam brush. Choose one on the basis of the amount of woodwork to be painted, the tool you are most comfortable with, the kind of paint and thus finishing up.
Step 4: Start your work by opening the cabinet doors and unscrewing the pulls, knobs, latches and other necessary parts. Keep the fixtures in a place that will be easier to find later on.
Step 5: The grease, steam and food splatters will surely happen often, so, you have to clean the surfaces with a solution that is comprised of one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water. Then you should rinse the cabinets and give them the time to dry.
Step 6: To prevent the rounding of the wood edges you can use a wood sanding block, and then clean the base for the new paint. Make sure all the sanding dust is cleared. For a smooth appearance the inside of the cabinets can be concealed with painters tape.
Step 7: A uniform coat of primer-sealer should be applied to the whole surface for a well-bonded layer as a primer-sealer is a good base for semi-gloss, water-based paint.
Step 8: It is better for you to start with the inside edges and openings before moving outwards and to the sides of the cabinet. This lets you have more control over the drips or smudges.
Step 9: Painting the cabinet doors comes next and any other pieces that need to be done. If there are raised or routed features on the cabinet, the paint must get into the crevices and corners to complete the outlook. However, be wary that the paint does not accumulate.
Step 10: You should allow the paint to dry for a minimum of four hours for between coats. Three coats are needed for added protection for every kitchen cabinet.