Painting the kitchen white - this is how it works

If an old kitchen no longer looks particularly beautiful and doesn't really fit in with the interior design, you can simply paint it white. How to do this, which varnishes and colors you can use for them, and what you have to pay attention to when painting, you can read in this article.

Possibility to paint

Basically, you can paint almost any kitchen surface with a suitable paint. The main thing to note here is that most kitchens are coated with melamine resin. This means that special paints and primers are required that adhere adequately to such a substrate.

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Kitchen materials

A front of a kitchen can consist of different materials:

  • made of melamine-coated plywood
  • made of solid wood
  • made of other materials (e.g. plastic)

Suitable paints

All lacquers can be used for solid wood - acrylic lacquers are particularly suitable here. They are water-soluble, have little odor and are very durable. Acrylic varnishes can be used in the so-called "one-pot system": the same varnish can be used for priming, intermediate coating and top coating.

Special lacquers and primers are required for all melamine-coated surfaces. Appropriate pre-treatment (leaching, degreasing and) must also be carried out.

For all other materials, the paint and primer must be selected to match the material in question. It is best to always ask your specialist dealer.

Painting melamine-coated kitchens white - step by step

  • Sandpaper (180 and 400)
  • Lye (for leaching and degreasing)
  • Primer (preferably a multi-base, should be as white or light as possible)
  • Top coat (best hybrid paint or acrylic top coat)
  • Paint roller
  • Possibly. Paint sprayer

1. Preparation of the surface

Thoroughly sand the surface to be painted (400 fine sanding at the end) and clean thoroughly with the lye. Make the surface dust-free with a microfibre cloth. Completely remove or cover handles and attachments.

2. Apply primer

First apply the primer in a thin layer. This can be done with the paint roller or with the paint sprayer. Allow to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a second layer and let it dry.

3. Apply top coat

Apply the topcoat in the same way as the primer. If you want a high-gloss surface, you have to apply several layers of topcoat and sand in between more and more finely (up to 600 or 1200 grit sandpaper).

Tips & Tricks The result of painting yourself will not be perfect in all cases. Specialist companies carry out painting work professionally for around 50 EUR per m² surface.