The heart of the home. The one place you can always rely on to find something to snack on. The room has to be everything from a home office to a makeshift school to a culinary hub. It is hard to argue that your kitchen isn’t the most important room in your home. So why is it that it is all too easy to muck it up when we’re painting our kitchens?
There is much more going on in your kitchen every day that will require you to make special considerations for how specific areas are painted. Let’s take a look as I dish out the secrets of flawlessly painting your kitchen, starting with the one area I believe is the worst offender for paint problems.
How to flawlessly paint around your sink and cooker
Watermarks and pasta sauce; if you have ever lived in a home where the kitchen walls have neither of these stains, you are either the cleanest person ever or just very lucky. You might be reading this and saying, “just get a splashback”, but I don’t like how they look in most kitchens. That goes doubly for anyone who thinks that a Live Laugh Love splashback looks good in their kitchen.
The key to painting around your sink and cooker is to use paint which can deal with fluctuations in moisture and allow for stains from time to time. A range like Johnstone’s Trade Paint will be your best friend. I recommend Johnstone’s because they have specifically formulated highly scrubbable matt paints. You would typically find that you need a gloss paint to have something you can regularly wipe with a damp cloth to clean, but the likes of their StainAway Matt and Durable Matt work just as well. If you find yourself at a loss looking at hundreds of paint options on the shelf, use any which are labeled as scrubbable, and you’re good to go.
How to flawlessly paint cabinets
I often find myself washing dishes at the sink and noticing random stains on cabinet handles (if you are reading this and have just noticed the same on your cabinets, it is most likely down to you touching them while cooking without realizing).
I like it when your cabinets can stand out rather than blend in and would never recommend that you use the same color on your cabinets and walls. In 99% of cases, your cabinets will already have been painted and most likely have a varnish too. To make sure you don’t start painting and find your paint slips right off the surface, you’ll want to sand and re-prep.
Get yourself some 120 or 150 sandpaper. It is light enough to work on removing marks and paint without going right down the original wood. Sand your cabinets and then apply an undercoat (remember, primers are only for new surfaces). Give your undercoat as long as possible to dry in, as the longer you can leave it, the better the bond will be between the paint and undercoat. Priming will also see you need to apply fewer coats. You can keep cabinets looking their best by reading this simple guide for cleaning and maintaining your kitchen cabinets.
How to flawlessly paint your kitchen floor
I thought having a nice white tile floor was going to help my kitchen look bright and bigger. I never factored in that having a long-haired dachshund who loves to run around the garden would see me bemoaning muddy pawprints every other day. You know there is no chance I would be mopping my floor multiple times a week. That is why I made the bold decision to use slate grey floor paint to help prevent the floor from looking so bad all the time.
Floor painting, especially tiles, can be incredibly daunting if you don’t know where to start, so get to grab a mop. You want to give your floor the most thorough cleaning ever and letting it fully dry before using a water-based primer (Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 is a good choice). When your primer is set, you’ll want to use water-based floor paint. I would implore you to avoid a regular brush at all costs and use a roller instead. It is better for the back, will help you work quicker, and hopefully help avoid uneven strokes.
You may be wondering why I’m saying use a water-based floor paint when you’d typically use oil and wax to buff a floor? Opting for water lets you work quicker, and you can apply more coats without worry about strokes and unevenness.
How to flawless paint your kitchen door
Finally, let’s look at the one part of the kitchen you’ll often shout at family members to keep closed. The humble kitchen door is often the last thing to think about when redecorating, but don’t go making the mistake of grabbing your brush and painting it while it is on its hinges.
When painting your kitchen door, or any door for the matter, take it off the hinges and get help from someone to move it outside to lay flat. Painting your kitchen door while it is horizontal will help prevent paint from trickling down and let you get in all the corners without things having to get awkward. As with your cabinets, if you’re going for a completely different color, sand the door first and apply an undercoat to prevent bleeding.
In the middle of redecorating your kitchen?
I hope you found these tips for painting your kitchen to be incredibly useful.
One final tip for getting that perfect paint finish; there is an old saying in the woodwork- measure twice and cut once. When it comes to painting go with the 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of your time carefully taping and masking the areas you are planning to cover and you’ll only need to spend 20% of the time painting.
For anyone currently redecorating, or planning to do so, please take time to read the latest articles in our hardware section, with our pick of the best new items for any kitchen.