Painting kitchen walls is never easy, but texture makes the process even more complicated. Texture is hard to paint and can harbor grime that is difficult to remove. These tips can help you paint your kitchen walls like a pro, even if they're covered in texture.
Clean the Walls
Kitchen walls get very dirty over time. Cooking grease mixed with water vapor from boiling water can build up around cooking areas and eventually all over the room, coating the walls in a gluey, sticky layer. Textured walls can complicate matters because they provide grooves where dust and grime can settle.
Before beginning to paint, you'll need to remove all of this grease and grime. If you've cleaned your walls periodically throughout the years, you may be able to remove the dust and grime by simply washing down the walls with a damp soapy cloth.
If you haven't cleaned your walls on a regular basis, use a stronger cleaning product for this part. TSP (trisodium phosphate) is a common cleaning product painters use. TSP also strips paint, so TSP is a useful product to use on walls that you will repaint. Never use TSP on walls you don't intend to repaint right away.
When cleaning with TSP, follow all manufacturer instructions. TSP comes in liquid or powder form. You need to dilute the TSP with water before using it on your walls. Always wear rubber gloves and eye protection before handling TSP. Stir the solution carefully, then dampen a sponge with the solution and wipe down the walls.
Choose Easy to Clean Paint
Kitchens need easy to clean walls, so painting a kitchen with satin or semi-gloss walls is typical. Satin is slightly duller and semi-gloss is slightly shinier. Generally, the shinier the paint, the easier it is to clean. However, shiny paint can also draw attention to the texture of your walls, which can make your kitchen look a little busier than you might have intended.
If easy to clean is your priority, use semi-gloss paint. If downplaying the texture is more important, paint your walls with satin paint. If you're not sure, paint a big sample of both on your wall, then make your decision.
Prep Your Work Space
Kitchens have a lot of counter space to protect. Remove all countertop appliances and cover your counters, cabinets, and floors with tarp. Use painter's tape to secure the tarp. You can also use the painter's tape to protect the trim around the walls. Remove all vents and outlet covers on the walls, and use spackling to fill in any holes in the walls.
Edge With an Angled Brush
Use an angled brush to edge around the kitchen. To properly edge your walls, make short, connected lines of paint along the edges of the room until you've painted all the edges. The longer the line, the more chance you'll have to make a mistake.
Use a Paint Roller With the Right Nap
Use a paint roller to coat the walls. You'll need a medium to deep nap roller for this part. The more prominent the texture, the deeper the nap should be. If you're not sure which nap is best for your walls, buy multiple rollers and try them all.
Plan on Multiple Coats
Texture makes thoroughly coating your walls with just one coat of paint hard. Plan to apply at least two coats of paint, and possibly a third.
Call Us If You Have Questions
If you have questions and need more information about painting your kitchen walls, contact American Best Painting Inc. We're happy to give you any information you might need about your upcoming painting project.