Repainting your kitchen is something everyone can do, provided you work methodically, like a professional. Choice of products, preparations, application rules: Here are the 5 mistakes to avoid.
Mistake # 1: Neglecting the undercoat of paint
The undercoat (or “printing layer”) makes it possible to block the support, that is to say, to regulate its porosity so that the kitchen paint hangs well. It limits the number of layers of paint required. For a new decorative kitchen, an opaque undercoat facilitates colour changes, for example from burgundy to beige.
If the wall is in good condition and already painted, the first coat of diluted paint can act as an undercoat.
Note that certain “special” paints are applied without an undercoat: “special tiling”, “special wood”, “special iron”.
Mistake # 2: Trusting “monolayer” paints
“Monolayer” paint is not a family of paint: it is a way of applying it. The paints which appear “monolayer” does not exempt from an undercoat. They contain more pigments than multi-layer paints and have a more unctuous texture, which gives them better hiding power, but a lower yield: more pots will be needed to repaint a kitchen entirely. No savings on this side.
Choose a special acrylic kitchen paint, to be applied in two coats.
Mistake # 3: skipping steps to save time
Repainting your kitchen is a big undertaking, in time and money: the result must be aesthetic and durable.
Before applying the kitchen paint, prepare the surface: it must be healthy, clean and smooth, otherwise, the paint will not hold, and will flake very quickly.
All the layers, from printing to painting, are essential to the repainting your kitchen and longevity of the new coating. On highly exposed surfaces such as the splashback, the third coat of paint is even recommended to ensure resistance to nicks and high temperatures.
Mistake # 4: Choosing a Matt finish for a kitchen painting
The matte finish helps to hide the flaws and gives a more subdued light.
But in a kitchen, it is the resistance to humidity, heat and projections that prevails: for the ceiling as for the walls, “special kitchen” paints have a gloss or satin finish, with a hardening film which makes them washable and gives them the protection they need to keep them.
Mistake # 5: Lack of organization
To repaint your kitchen, start with the ceiling because of the risk of drips.
Choose the right tools to be effective: roller with a telescopic handle to paint the ceiling or the heights of walls, angled brushes for difficult to access areas such as radiators …
- Apply an adhesive tape all around the surface to be painted before each coat, to avoid overflows. Remove it before complete drying, otherwise, the paint will flake off.
- Keep a damp cloth on hand to immediately clean up any paint stains.
Take into account the drying times to plan the duration of the kitchen paint job: for example, in the case of tile paint for the splashback, allow 24 hours of drying per layer, and one week for it to be ready to resist abrasive household products and grease splashes.