Painting your kitchen cabinets black
Painting your kitchen cabinets black is an effective way to give your kitchen a bold, modern look without the price tag of installing new cabinets. A solid row of black cabinets looks impressive in any kitchen but really stand out with lots of natural light and light decor. Or, just painting some of your kitchen cabinets black and painting the rest a contrasting color really adds some visual pop and design interest to your kitchen’s style.
This project doesn’t require many tools or materials. You’ll find that your biggest expense is going to be time. While the process for painting your kitchen cabinets black isn’t complicated, the drying time between coats of paint adds up quickly. The tools and materials you will need are a screwdriver or drill, medium and fine grit sandpaper, paintbrushes, wood filler, primer, and paint. Consider using oil based paint and primer to paint your cabinets. It goes without saying that kitchens are high traffic areas, and oil based products will stand up better to daily use.
The process for painting kitchen cabinets black is fairly straightforward. Start by preparing your workspace by putting everything away and laying down drop cloths. If you are going to be sanding in your kitchen, it’s a good idea to take everything out to avoid having to wipe the sawdust off it later. For the same reason, consider sealing your workspace with plastic while you sand. Remove the cabinet doors and hardware. Take the time to label your cabinet doors as you take them off so you know where they go when it’s time to put them back on. Once your workspace is ready, the first step is to prepare your surfaces. Start by wiping everything down with warm soapy water to remove any grime. Once that dries, sand all of your surfaces first with the medium grit sandpaper and then with the fine grit. Vacuum and wipe everything down again to remove any dust. Next, patch any holes and dents with wood filler, and sand those areas again once it dries. The next step is to give all of your surfaces a good coat of primer. This will give the paint something to adhere to and prevents chipping and peeling. Apply the primer using a good quality paintbrush, and be sure to use long, even strokes that go with the grain of the wood. Let the primer dry overnight.
Now your cabinets are ready to paint. Since you are painting your kitchen cabinets black you will need to apply at least two coats of paint in order to get a solid color without any streaks, but don’t be surprised if it takes more. Apply the first coat of paint using the same brushing technique you used for the coat of primer. Allow the paint to dry overnight, then follow up with as many coats it takes to get an even color. Once you get the color right and everything is dry you can reattach the hardware. Put any knobs and handles on first and then the hinges. Now you can reattach all the doors and admire your hard work.