Kitchen Paint Atlanta GA on How to Prepare Your Wall for Painting
When renovating or designing a new kitchen, the colors we choose are often curated to express certain characters or moods and complement specific pieces in our kitchen space. Though the term “painting kitchen walls” does not sound like a high-stake situation, it is not really the case. After all, a kitchen remodel or construction requires a significant amount of investment money, time, and energy. A bad paint job should not ruin the whole project. This is why Kitchen Paint Atlanta came up with a step-by-step guide to preparing your kitchen walls for painting.
Prepare your tools and materials.
For this specific project, you will need sponges or cloths, dirt and degreasing agent, sandpaper, spackle paste, putty knife, plastic sheeting, painter’s tape, paint tray, paintbrushes, paint rollers, primer, choice of paint.
Mask and cover.
If painting walls of a new kitchen with no finished floor, this step may be skipped. Otherwise, apply painter’s tape to the trims. Cover cabinets and other items with plastic sheeting to avoid accidentally painting over them.
Clean the walls.
Start by getting rid of the grease off your walls using a dirt and degreasing agent, warm water, and scrub or cloth. Follow it up with clean water to remove the residual cleaning agent. Degreasing agents are also effective in washing away mold and mildew stains. If you do not have degreasing agents, a solution of warm water mixed with bleach or vinegar works well. If you are using this solution on an area, make sure to allow it to settle first before scrubbing and cleansing it with clean water.
If you are painting over a wall that was not exposed to grime or oil, you can simply clean it with warm water and a sponge. Make sure to dry the walls before proceeding to the next step.
Fill in marks or holes and sand rough areas.
When the walls are dry, use spackle paste to fill in holes. Sand the patched-up hole once dry, including other areas around the wall that may be rough. Dulling surfaces through sanding helps the new paint to adhere better. Wipe down your walls with a damp cloth after sanding.
Prime walls before painting.
Before painting, apply primer on your kitchen’s walls. This is a must if you have drywall as it is naturally porous. Primer prevents the paint from bleeding through and ensures a uniform finish. Primer also works wonders in keeping your color locked onto the surface for longer.
Start painting your walls.
If you are remodeling, paint your ceiling and walls before your cabinets and countertops are installed. If painting your whole kitchen, paint your ceiling first, cabinets second, and your walls last. To apply layers of coats, make sure to allow a layer to dry for about two hours before reapplying another coating of paint.
No time to paint your kitchen walls yourself?
Painting kitchen walls does involve more tasks than just slapping paint over them. If you have more important things to do but still want to upgrade your kitchen, call Kitchen Paint Atlanta, and we will do the work for you.