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How To Master Matte Or Gloss Kitchen Door Paint Finishes

Hello and welcome to New Replacement Kitchen Doors. In this blog section we try to provide you with some handy hints and tips for how to improve your kitchen. Plus, although we are all about replacement kitchen doors, we dont just talk about replacing kitchen doors! Today well be talking about how you can master a matte of gloss door paint finished for your kitchen.

Firstly you need to think about whether youre going to choose gloss or matte kitchen doors in the first place. Both are amazing choices and youve got to work out what really tickles your fancy. Its like choosing tea or coffee in the morning, youll either be one or the other, or youll be driven by how tired you are or what your pal is ordering at Costa in the queue in front of you.

So, how about grabbing that paintbrush – and maybe a tea or coffee (its up to you which you choose) and lets get cracking.

We all know that the kitchen is the centrepiece of any home. Its the heart and the soul. So the finish on your kitchen doors is very much the icing on the cake of contentment. But its not about the way it looks. Its also about functionality and longevity. Matte Kitchen Doors have an understated elegance and sophistication about them and Gloss Kitchen Doors offer a sleek shine that speaks of making a show of your kitchen.

You’ve already dug out some paint brushes but its probably best to stick on some old clothes you don’t mind splashing with paint and lets get started with the wonderful world of kitchen door finishes.

What’s The Difference Between Gloss And Matte Kitchen Door Finishes

Matte doors give you that none-reflective James Bond-esque kitchen finish. Its a bit suave, sophisticated and it never shows its imperfections. Gloss is the life and soul of the party. It reflects light and loves to show off.

Sophisticated Matte Painted Replacement Kitchen Doors

Getting Started With Painting Kitchen Doors

The first big question you’re going to need to ask yourself is whether you’re going to keep your old kitchen doors and just repaint them or whether you’re going to go all in and buy unpainted MDF kitchen doors.

If you’re thinking about your existing kitchen doors, this is the eco-friendly option and will give your existing kitchen doors a new lease of life. Its also the most cost effective option so you wont break the bank. On the other hand your existing kitchen doors will probably be showing signs of wear and tear than paint will struggle to cover without lengthy and laborious effort. Whats more, those 1990’s kitchen doors might be starting to look just a tad a bit dated.

Our unpainted MDF kitchen doors offer you a blank canvas. They also offer uniformity and a fresh start. At New Replacement Kitchen Doors we also don’t charge a fortune so you can keep your costs down whilst getting a new kitchen look and feel, without replacing everything in your kitchen.

Essentially, if your current kitchen doors still have some life in them, a repaint just might do the trick. But if you really want to transform your kitchen its best to get the doors you want straight out of the box! Our bare MDF kitchen doors are just a couple of coats of paint away from making you and your guests say woah! with every kitchen visit.

Prepping Kitchen Doors Before Painting Them

Whether you go for gloss kitchen doors or matte kitchen doors, the first thing you need to do is clean the doors properly. If youve chosen to go with unpainted MDF kitchen doors you should be OK because they generally come ready primed or sealed and they should be clean, so just give them a quick wipe with a lightly dampened cloth.

If youre choosing to reuse your existing kitchen doors then you are going to have to work that bit harder to get your finish just right. Any grease or dirt on the kitchen doors will likely have an impact on the final result.

Once youve cleaned the doors the next job is to sand them down. Again, unpainted kitchen doors will already be as smooth as a babys bottom so you dont have to worry about them, but your existing kitchen doors will likely have taken some knocks over the years.

Depending on the paint or varnish on your existing kitchen doors and the intricacies of the design of your kitchen doors you might find it easier to get the existing doors dipped rather than straining yourself with hours of back breaking sanding.

Just bear in mind that a well prepared kitchen door surface will give you the flawless finish youre looking for so its well worth spending time perfecting it.

After the sanding saga, it’s crucial to address any imperfections. Your existing doors might have dents, scratches, or even tiny holes. A good quality wood filler can be your best mate here. Fill in those imperfections, let it dry, and then give it a gentle sanding to ensure a level surface.

Now, let’s talk about priming. While our unpainted MDF doors come primed and ready for action, your existing doors will need a solid primer coat. This step is like the unsung hero of the painting process. It ensures the paint adheres properly and provides a consistent base, especially if your doors had a dark colour or varied finishes. Opt for a primer that’s suitable for kitchen environments something that can stand up to moisture and frequent cleaning.

Lastly, ensure you have a well-ventilated space for painting. Whether it’s a garage, a spare room, or even a sheltered spot outdoors, good ventilation ensures the paint dries evenly and you’re not inhaling any fumes. Lay down some drop cloths or old newspapers to catch any drips or spills.

Matte Replacement Kitchen Doors In BlueChoosing The Right Kitchen Door Paint

Some people will tell you all kitchen door paints are created equal but believe us, some kitchen door paints are more equal than others. It’s a bit like comparing a supermarket’s own brand biscuits with a pack of Digestives. Theres no comparison really!

When choosing the perfect paint for your kitchen doors, it’s not just about the colour; it’s also about understanding how the paint interacts with light. The Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure that tells you the percentage of light a paint colour reflects. It ranges from 0% for virtually absolute black, which absorbs all light, to 100% for perfect white, which reflects almost all the light.

Matte paints, known for their non-reflective finish, can vary in LRV. Darker matte colours tend to have a lower LRV, absorbing more light and creating a cosier ambiance. In contrast, lighter matte shades have a higher LRV, reflecting more light and making spaces feel more open. Their ability to absorb light makes them ideal for rooms with abundant natural light, reducing glare and reflections.

On the other hand, gloss paints, especially lighter shades, can have a high LRV, reflecting a significant amount of light. This reflective quality makes them perfect for brightening up darker rooms. The glossier the paint, the more light it reflects, with high gloss paints reflecting up to 96% of light. However, this high reflectivity can also highlight surface imperfections.

So when selecting paint for your kitchen doors, consider both the room’s lighting conditions and the desired ambiance. A room with ample natural light might benefit from the light-absorbing qualities of matte paint, while a darker space could be brightened with a reflective gloss finish. Always check the paint’s LRV and sheen level to ensure it aligns with your vision for the space. Remember, the right paint can transform your kitchen doors, enhancing the overall mood and aesthetic of your kitchen.

Applying Matte Or Gloss Paints To Kitchen Doors

Gloss Painted Replacement Kitchen DoorsThe application method you use is going to make or break the final outcome of your DIY kitchen refresh. For matte finishes youre probably best to use a foam roller. If the paint is glossy, then youre going to need to use a really high quality paint brush.Ensure even strokes and avoid overloading the brush to prevent drips. Nobody likes a drippy gloss, just like nobody likes cold soggy chips!

Of course if you have a paint sprayer then all bets are off because it might be a better choice for both matte and gloss finishes.

Maintaining Your DIY Matte Or Gloss Finished Kitchen Doors

OK, so you’ve managed to paint and hang your newly painted kitchen doors and if you do say so yourself, you’re pretty pleased with the results. Now what?! Now you need to keep them that way. Whilst matte finishes look beautiful they can be prone to getting marked and damaged, and they will after a while show the most used areas of the kitchen.

Gloss is easier to keep clean but because of their reflective nature they can show marks off even more than matte kitchen doors would.

Keep them both clean with some warm water and a bit of soap. Dont use anything thats too abrasive. And whatever you do, make sure you tell everyone that your new kitchen doors are your pride and joy and the first person to mess them up is repainting them all!

Whether you’re team matte or team gloss, mastering the art of kitchen door finishes is all about knowledge and preparation

At New Replacement Kitchen Doors, we believe in empowering you with the knowledge to do the job yourself, whether youre just updating your existing doors or using our unfinished MDF kitchen doors. So, until your next DIY escapade, keep those brushes moving and stay inspired. Ultimately, your kitchen is a reflection of you. Make it shine and try to have a giggle while you’re at it!

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