Your kitchen is the most visited room in your home and will most likely be the first to require a makeover. Due to smoke and evaporation, the walls become stained over time. Fortunately, the cabinets and other fittings occupy almost half of the square footage leaving only small areas exposed. It’s for this reason that you should find it easy to repaint walls without sweating. Here is a quick guide for painting kitchen walls.
Cover and Mask
Masking and covering are necessary before paint works begin to protect certain areas from contacting stray paints. For instance, painting results in drips on the floor and other wall fittings. If you are using a paint sprayer, you can be sure that more paint will get to unwanted areas. Therefore, apply painter’s tape to trim the wall from fittings, cover the floor with a canvas drop cloth, and drape appliances and tables with plastic sheeting. Items such as honey extractors, electric meat slicers, and stainless steel silverware. Make sure that you store them well in a cupboard or a drawer before you attempt to paint. If you have a kitchen countertop that you are struggling to protect, our tips for keeping countertops in good condition can help. Check them out before starting.
Prepare the Surface
Unless you are painting fresh drywall, your old kitchen walls will need a good cleaning before you can roll or brush paint. Areas around your propane gas grill or gas range might have collected a lot of grime and dirt that you have to clean before painting. For the best results, use warm water and tri-sodium phosphate to dissolve and lift grime and dirt and wipe them off with a damp cloth. The system works well on most wall types. Also, remove dust and cobwebs with a vacuum and a damp cloth, making sure that you pay attention to corners and areas under cabinets. They are easy to forget, leading to subpar results while you are painting.
We assume that the surface that you are refreshing with a new coat of paint was painted before, and the paint isn’t as good or clean as it was initially. If this is the case, you will most likely have to prime it to cover the stains and blemishes before applying a fresh coat of paint. Primers also fill dents and scratches that might compromise the texture and the overall look of your wall once you have finished painting it. While painting, the best practice is to use a roller on large surface areas and a paintbrush on areas that the roller cannot reach. These include windows, door trims, and/or tight corners, which require a bit of skill and effort to paint correctly. Doing so will save you time and deliver the best results.
Roll and Brush
Primer application acts as an undercoat, which adheres to your colorful paints to produce a stunning look. It also enables you to either retain the original color scheme of your wall or change it altogether. Once you make a choice, purchase enough paint to ensure consistency in shades.
Again, using a roller on the large surfaces, start painting the wall in a “W” pattern. Be careful not to bring the roller too close to the painter’s tape to avoid painting unwanted areas. In addition, do not load too much paint on the roller as it can lead to pain dripping all over your floor and causing a mess. Once you have painted large and open walls, use the paintbrush to paint confined areas or areas that your roller cannot reach while avoiding drips. Load the brush with enough paint and always use gentle motions to get a smooth and even finish on your kitchen wall.
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For an even finish, apply two or three coats of paint on your wall. All the walls to dry between coats to prevent smudging and use gently/subtle strokes. If you are fast, you will have your kitchen walls brand new in a day.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to a wall is one of the easiest and cheapest ways for renovating a kitchen. Painting is what brings out your kitchen design to life. Once they begin to fade, stain or deface, the walls look dull and dead. But with a bit of effort and at a minimal cost, you can have your kitchen breathe a new life by following our simple steps. Briefly, clean the wall before painting, paying keen attention to the area behind your gas range. Apply and undercoat and paint using subtle strokes.