Can black kitchen cabinets be repainted a different color?
The answer is that they can. Bases and upper units can be made any color one chooses. However, there are some steps that must be taken to get the desired color. First, the old color should be stripped. Kitchen doors, hinges and drawers should be remove, so that all paint can be removed from exposed surfaces.
A liquid stripping product is often used to loosen paint and make it easier to remove from surfaces. While it will not take the color off completely, it can then be scraped off. When as much color is stripped off by scraping as possible, surfaces will then require sanding to remove the last traces of color. Rough sandpaper is used for final removal. Steel wool may also be used to remove any remaining color.
To prepare kitchen cabinets for repainting, fine sandpaper can smooth surfaces while creating a means for new paint to stick. When sanding is complete, surfaces can then be wiped off to remove dust and debris from the process and provide clean, smooth surfaces to apply the new color or colors. This process requires plenty of work, though a power sander and stripping tools can make the process easier.
There is an even easier way. If the new paint color is darker than the original color, some sanding is still required first, and then a single coat of primer may be used. Colors like dark green, gray, slate and brown can be applied using this method. However, plenty of sanding is required to prepare the surfaces to take the new color and for it to be applied for a sleek, smooth look.
Sometimes, a dark paint color may not be removed completely from wood surfaces. In such an instance, there are a couple options. Using a new darker color will help cover the remaining paint. Another solution is to choose new fronts and faces for the storage units to change to a more desirable look. This is a more expensive option than new paint, but still much cheaper than an entirely new set, which can cost thousands.
There are many ways to change cabinets that are painted a very dark color. Choosing which method to use may depend on how easy the old paint comes off and the shade of the new color desired. Consulting with a home improvement specialist or knowledgeable salesperson at a home improvement center can help a homeowner make the right choice.