Paint cannot increase the amount of space to work or the storage of your small kitchen, however, by selecting specific colors and paint finish, you’ll give the small area a greater sense of space without spending a fortune. A clearer and brighter environment will also be more pleasant to work in when preparing food, and will be more attractive in the early morning, when preparing the first important cup of coffee.
Choose colors and paint finishes. A white or cream ceiling immediately gives more height to the kitchen. To promote the feeling of space, choose colors that make the walls visually recede. Sherwin Williams paint manufacturers suggest blue, green and violet as examples of colors that have that effect. A semi matte, satin or latex finish are suitable for walls and ceilings in a kitchen as they are easily washable. However, semi matte requires more scrubbing. Use oil paint on wood trim as it provides a tough, durable and washable finish.
Remove all things from work surfaces in the kitchen. Cover with plastic protective sheets to prevent staining with paint. Open the doors of the kitchen cabinets. Hang sheets of protective plastic over them and cover the front of the cabinets, then close the doors. This will keep in place while you paint. Cover the floor with a protective cloth, and protect all edges of the enclosed areas you are going to paint with masking tape.
Clean the walls and moldings that are going to paint using a brush, then wash every surface with a solution of warm water and mild detergent, using a sponge mop and clean rags. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let the surfaces dry completely. Control holes and cracks. If you find them, apply caulk with a putty knife. Allow the putty to dry, then gently sand it flush with the rest of the surface. Wipe again to remove all sanding dust.
Apply a coat of primer to the walls and ceiling. Paint around the edges using a small brush, then use the roller in larger areas. Apply oil based paint to the molding. Let everything dry before applying a second coat of primer.
Apply the first coat of paint to the surfaces of the kitchen in the following order: ceiling, walls and molding. Again, paint using a small brush, and use a roller to apply the paint in larger areas. Use a brush for trim. Allow the paint to dry and apply a second coat, using exactly the same method.
Remove paint from brushes and rollers. Latex is washed under running water. Oil paint is removed with a brush cleaner, such as acetone. Wash brushes and rollers with warm soapy water and rinse. Let them air dry before storing. Remove all protective coverings from the kitchen once the paint has dried completely.