How to Prime Kitchen Cabinets for Color That PopsFebruary 25, 2022
If you want to design a kitchen that makes a statement, we’ve got some great tips to help make it a breeze. KILZ® primers are the first step in making sure any color you choose really pops, and with the right inspiration, products, and guidance, you can achieve a beautiful focal point inside your home. Our featured kitchen inspirations start with KILZ 3® PREMIUM Interior and Exterior Primer and come together in three unique design concepts that elevate the space from bland to bold. See how to prime kitchen cabinets to ensure the paint colors pop.
As with any project requiring a fresh coat of paint, we started by priming our surfaces. As mentioned above, we chose KILZ 3® PREMIUM Interior and Exterior Primer for its superior adhesion and durability, multi-surface application, and mildew-resistant finish—critical for moisture-prone areas, such as your kitchen where steam, water, and other liquids are present. This primer helped us create the perfect foundation for color, as well as smooth out and cover prior stains, paint, and imperfections in the existing cabinetry.
For our first kitchen makeover, we used BEHR PREMIUM™ Cabinet & Trim Enamel in the color Ecological S380-6 on the lower cabinets and island, and White 52 on the upper cabinetry. While this shade of green is subtle, it appears clean and flawless thanks to our primer, which effectively prepped the surface and allowed for this neutral color to shine. The two-tone kitchen cabinets add some depth of color to the space. We further styled this space with complementary wicker bar chairs at the island, and open-framed light fixtures overhead for a cozy-casual vibe perfect for cooking, eating, and entertaining.
Keep in mind that painting without priming first—especially on porous surfaces like wood or brick where paint can easily become absorbed—can greatly affect the outcome. Without a solid coat of primer, paint can appear less vibrant, rich, or otherwise not as expected.
Opting for drama with our next kitchen makeover, we chose BEHR PREMIUM™ Cabinet & Trim Enamel in the color Limousine Leather MQ5-05. We painted the upper and lower cabinets in this charcoal-like shade, creating a refined frame around the island, which we painted with White 52. Because we primed thoroughly beforehand, we cut down on the number of topcoats and ensured our color came out as expected. The island becomes the focal point here, so we styled with black and gold mini pendant lights and contrasting bistro-style barstools for a chic and polished final look.
Our final kitchen makeover features BEHR PREMIUM™ Cabinet & Trim Enamel in the color Inked M510-7 on the lower cabinets and island, and White 52 on the overhead cabinetry for a light to dark look that really pops. White walls and countertops help achieve a clean look from the top down. The two-tone cabinets add an interesting juxtaposition to the room. To round out this concept, we chose leather barstools with black bases, and matching black lighting—small details that effortlessly tie the space together.
All three of our kitchen inspirations featured KILZ 3® PREMIUM Interior and Exterior Primer, which we chose for its surface versatility, among its many other benefits for a room of this kind. This fast-drying primer’s excellent adhesion makes it ideal for use on interior and exterior surfaces including wood, drywall, plaster, stucco, paneling, masonry, brick, and more. It works with oil and water-based paints, giving you plenty of color options for your kitchen or any future DIY project.
Always remember to refer to our website kilz.com or product back labels for additional information on which primer is right for your project and detailed instructions on how to apply our products. Check out our Coverage Calculator to understand your estimated paint needs for your upcoming project.
Craving a Kitchen Makeover? Start with the Cabinets!January 9, 2020
Does the new year starting have you dreaming of a new kitchen? A complete kitchen overhaul can seem like a daunting task, especially if heavy demolition work is involved. But in many cases, you don’t need to break out the sledge hammer and start from scratch to achieve a fresh new look in your kitchen. Simply repainting your cabinets can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen.
For a kitchen cabinet makeover that is both beautiful and durable, start with KILZ 3™ Premium Primer. This superior sealer-stain blocker provides excellent adhesion and a kitchen-essential mildew resistant primer coating. In this kitchen makeover, a celery-green paint color for the cabinets created a space that is cheerful, airy and inviting. The makeover went step further and also added new counter tops, a kitchen island (an addition that luckily didn’t involve tearing down any existing cabinetry!) and new modern gold light fixtures and hardware.
Is a kitchen renovation on your upcoming DIY project menu? The first step to a brand-new kitchen might be as easy as a new hue for your cabinets!
Read on for a step by step recipe for painting your kitchen cabinets:
Step 1: Remove the Hardware
Use a screwdriver to remove all door handles and hardware. It’s always best to put each screw back exactly where it came from to ensure the least amount of stress on the wood. Next, remove the cabinet doors and drawers from the cabinet frame.
Step 2: Prepare the Cabinet Frame and Doors for Priming
Sand the doors, drawer faces and cabinet frame. Do a first pass with 100-150 grit sandpaper then finish with a second pass of 180-220 grit sandpaper, always moving in the direction of the wood grain. After sanding, wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue and allow the surface to dry. Next, tape around the cabinet frame to protect the walls and any areas you don’t want to get primer or paint on.
Step 3: Prime the Cabinet Frame and Doors
Apply KILZ 3™ Premium Primer on the doors, drawer faces and cabinet frame using a brush to ensure a mildew resistant finish. Stir thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Allow 1-hour of dry time.
Step 4: Paint the Cabinet Frame and Doors
Apply KILZ® Tribute® paint in Subtle Celery TB-74 with a brush to the cabinet frame and doors, moving in smooth strokes in the same direction as the wood grain. Remove your tape around the cabinet frame before the paint is fully dry. Once dry, reattach hardware to doors and then reattach doors to cabinets. Now it’s time to decide what delicious dish to whip up first in your refreshed kitchen!
Always remember to refer to our website (kilz.com) or product back labels for additional information on how to apply our products.
Winchester GreenJuly 2, 2018
Winchester Green RG230-02 is a saturated lake green with a shaded undertone. Winchester cabinets add healthy energy while Bay Fog adds a simple and clean look. This combination will enhance your sense of peace and comfort that will allow a true escape after a long day. Transform your home to achieve a serene ceiling, calming coolness and tranquil escape. Click here to try a sample of this color today!
Another beautiful tone that compliments this month’s color is, Bay Fog, a calming cool gray with a slight dusty blue undertone. This color adds tranquility and simplicity to a room making it the perfect backdrop. Use Bay Fog with Winchester Green to add a serene touch of color.