Interior Painting Richmond, MI: Crucial Tips For Kitchen Painting
Painting your kitchen in Richmond, MI is different from other parts of the house.
In many ways, it is a more forgiving space than that of the bedrooms or living room because you are dealing with limited wall space.
Yet, predictably, you pay the price in another way: cleaning and prep work.
Let’s take a look at the process in detail, and some tips you should keep in mind.
Kitchen paint colors
Choose your kitchen paint color wisely and carefully, especially if you use your kitchen to entertain guests and coffee breaks.
The best kitchen colors tend to create a high visual impact and align it with the idea and vibe of dining and wining.
For example, blue tends to be one of the worst colors for a kitchen because there are few really blue foods and also, research has shown that blue lowers the appetite.
Choose the Paint Finish
Think of paint finishes as you would color spectrum on a paint color wheel.
Except, in this case, the spectrum is not colors but levels of brightness.
Matte (flat, non-shiny) at one end, and gloss (so shiny you can almost see your face) at the other end.
What is the best paint finish for the kitchen? Satin and semi-gloss, ranking in the middle of this spectrum, give the best results in the kitchen: bright enough to be wiped but flat enough to hide surface imperfections.
Prepare Your Room
You must determine the area in square feet of your walls to know the quantity of paint to buy. You will either:
Paint an empty room: Usually new construction, this kitchen is simply drywall. Calculate the area of each wall by multiplying the height of the room (probably 8 feet) by the length of the room (variable).
Then add all the walls to get the total.
Paint a finished room: Usually a remodel or repaint, this kitchen is fully equipped with cabinets, appliances, flooring, etc.
Here you have a lot less square footage than an empty room.
The cabinets take up a lot of wall space. One method is to assume it is an empty room and buy enough paint to cover all the walls as if it were an empty room.
The extra paint you have left is great to save for those inevitable touch-ups.
If you are strapped for cash then you will need to carefully calculate the size of all the small stripes, squares and rectangles on the wall.
Clean the Surfaces to Be Painted
Unless you’re dealing with an empty room with relatively new drywall, the kitchen walls usually need a lot of cleaning.
Many times, the areas above and around the stove, oven, and counters need to be cleaned using hot water and trisodium phosphate.
The door trim can also benefit from TSP treatment.
Walls more than five feet from the areas mentioned above may require just little more than a light dry dusting.
Remove dust and cobwebs from the tops of baseboards and other trim with a vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth.
Tools: Brush, roller or sprayer?
For an empty room, use a paint roller or sprayer for the walls. For window and door trim, use a brush.
For a finished room, use a roller on large areas of the wall and a paintbrush for small strips. Again for the window and door trim, use a brush.
Masks and Canvas
For the empty room with no finished floor, you don’t need much masking and covering.
Just paint. The drops of paint on the sub-floor don’t matter; they will be covered later.
If you are using a paint sprayer, use plastic to cover the doors of the adjoining rooms so that the mist doesn’t penetrate.
For the finished kitchen, apply duct tape to the trim before painting the walls.
Place canvas on the floor. Drape large items such as cupboards, appliances, and tables with plastic sheeting or a self-adhesive product like Easy Mask Tape & Drape.
The Bottom Line
If you don’t have the skills, tools, and training, you should consider hiring a professional painting contractor for help.
The painter will advise you on the paints and types of finish best suited to your building and produce the best paint job.
If you need professional help repainting your kitchen, kitchen cabinets, or even the entire home interior, our team at Eason Painting would be more than happy to help.
We have years of experience offering residential painting services in Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Harrison Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI.
Call us today on 586-465-5081 for a FREE painting estimate.
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