If your North Virginia home is like most, the kitchen is the space that gets the heaviest traffic. Meals are made here, snacks are kept here, even the pet’s water and food bowls are most likely located here. It frequently is the unofficial gathering place for family and guests alike. The kitchen gets a lot of use, and over time it shows.

Freshening the kitchen with a new coat of paint is the fastest and most cost effective way to “remodel” the space and create an entirely new look and feel. Our professional painting service can liven up the appearance of walls, ceilings, cabinets, and drawers, and even the kitchen island.

Kitchen Painting Preparation

Before any painting or preparation can begin, the kitchen walls and cabinets (and any other space that will be painted) need to be cleaned. Years of cooking results in surfaces with oil and grease residue. A good wipe down with TSP will result in a surface that will allow the paint to adhere.

The kitchen is one interior painting project that requires a significant amount of preparation. Think about it. This is the one space in the home where the walls have furniture (cabinets) attached to them. Between the cabinets, backsplash, and appliances, a great deal of kitchen wall is covered, leaving little blocks of wall to be painted. And those “little blocks” have to be painted without getting paint on any of the cabinets and other “non-wall” pieces that are present.

The challenge for the professional painter is to tape off or drape all the areas not to be painted and to do it in a way that will not interfere with the actual painting.

Which Paint to Use

Selecting colors is almost always the most difficult part of a kitchen project for a homeowner. At All American Painting Plus, we are happy to assist with color selection. As a general rule, kitchens are usually painted a neutral color in a satin or semi-gloss finish. There are some colors you just don’t use, with blue being at the top of the list. One color consultant suggests that’s because there are no blue foods.

Semi-gloss finish is important because it is easy to wipe. There are going to be splashes and spills in the kitchen, and those enticing aromas are eventually going to leave a residue on everything. A semi-gloss paint makes cleanup a much easier job.

The actual painting of the space is the easiest part of the project. Professional painters spend most of their time taping and masking.

Painting Cabinets and Drawers

If you would like to update your cabinets without buying new ones, an interior painter can transform your existing cabinets into “like new” additions.

After a thorough cleaning, the first step is to remove all of the cabinet doors and drawers and take off the hardware. A light sanding inside and out is followed by a wipe down with a tack cloth. If there are any cracks or blemishes, they will be repaired with a filler or caulk.

Primer comes next. After the primer completely dries, our painter will apply the first coat of the finish color. A second coat finishes the painting or, if the customer wants, we can apply satin polycrylic for extra durability. When everything dries, we reinstall the hardware and reassemble the doors and drawers.

Contact All American

A kitchen painting project is a great way to quickly upgrade the busiest space in your house. Contact us today and we will be delighted to share our kitchen update ideas with you.

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