A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation. In the West, a modern residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a microwave oven, a dishwasher and other electric appliances. The main function of a kitchen is cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining, food storage, entertaining, dishwashing and laundry.
So now, how do you guys who’ve never painted a kitchen before go about the job? How might you go about the job if you leave this post inspired to paint YOUR kitchen?
First things first, you will need some tools. These tools are:
– A ladder
– Painter’s tape
– Paint rollers
– Clean heads for the rollers (one for each person and each color, if you’re doing more than one)
– Brushes (one for each person and each color, again)
– Paint trays (heavier ones will make things slightly easier)
– TARP!!!! (The exclamation marks and all-caps are to emphasize how important tarps will be.
Buy lots of them: cheap plastic ones cost very little and you will want to cover everything.)
– And last, but not least, paint. (Master Sea Shell Matt Enamel is best for kitchnes and bathrooms)
1. Begin with the painter’s tape. All around your kitchen you must place blue painter’s tape–long stretches it–on every border of every surface you plan to paint. Think of it as a removable frame. The tape not only lays down the parameters of where you will be painting but, far more important, it creates an even line so as you inevitably go past those parameters, you’ll be painting over tape, not on the surrounding wall. The best feeling in the world is when you remove the tape at the end and see neat lines (but more on that later).
2. When the room is fully taped, it’s time to tarp. Now if your kitchen has lots of stuff in it, it’d probably be a good idea to take everything out of the kitchen while you paint. You must cover this and all the floors with tarp. Believe me, you will drip paint. Oh, how you will drip paint. And you will be very sad if you drip it all over your floor so cover everything in tarp!
3. Here’s where things get a little unclear. What’s the right way to actually paint the walls? To start, open your can of paint. Stir it around with the paint stirrer. Carefully pour a decent amount into your paint tray. Re-cover the can you might knock it over!
4. According to several videos we watched online, the best way to start is to take your brush, to dip it in the paint, and to paint the borders first. You approach the tape not straight on (too much paint would pool if you did that),but at an angle. So you start somewhere lower on the wall and then paint towards the tape, and glide your brush across.
5. just grab a roller, dip it in the paint, scraped some off on the other part of the tray, and start rolling up the walls.
6. The key to this is long, smooth strokes. The more you painted, the more you discover that long smooth strokes are the key to an attractive wall. This is true of using the brush too, carefully load your brush, wipe excess paint off on the tray, place the brush on the wall and drag neatly across in the same direction and smooth out–back and forth–until the paint is all smooth.
7. So paint, paint, paint and then take heart: when you finish your first coat of paint, you will look at your walls because, really, it’s not going to look that good because this was only the first coat.
8. When the first coat dried in the kitchen, start the 2nd coat in the kitchen. The difference between the first coat and the second coat in the kitchen will so dramatic, you will amaze to see the difference in the kitchen.
9. When the tape came off, it will not too perfect–the line at the top, but you are probably the only one who’ll notice. Otherwise, your kitchen looks pretty.
Painting was a lot of work, true, but now you have a kitchen that has personality, that has character, that feels like a real person’s kitchen, not a temporary prop-kitchen that serves as a way-station between one apartment and the next.