Painting kitchen cabinets is probably the easiest way to freshen up your kitchen space in the Greater Columbus, Ohio Area. It allows you to give your kitchen cabinets a new look without a doing a full remodel or replacement, and without breaking your bank.
We always get clients who ask us if they can attempt DIY painting for their kitchen cabinets. Well, there are several pros and cons to go with that. For instance, painting kitchen cabinets require a reasonable level experience and a lot of prep work, labor and time. If you have this, it might be time-saving, cost-effective and way more convenient to hire a professional painting contractor to handle the cabinet paint job for you.
We’ve painted a ton of kitchen cabinets in homes around the Greater Columbus Ohio Area and beyond over the years, and have learned a thing or two. In this article, we just want to share the top five mistakes that might happen when you take the DIY route on your kitchen cabinets. Hopefully, this will help you avoid making them during your paint job.
Kitchen cabinet painting involves a lot of hard work and patience, and you don’t want to undo this with cheap quality materials. The paint you choose will make your paint job a success or a mess. After making a color choice, the price of quality paint might surprise you, and you may be tempted to go for the cheapest option –don’t.
Colors might be created the same, but not all paints are equal, and picking a good quality paint is what with give you that smooth, crisp finish you’re looking for. Good quality paint will give you an even cover, is easy to work with and much more durable. The same applies to the primer.
Additionally, investing in a good quality brush and roller pad will make your work much easier and save you a lot of headaches and valuable time. If you can get an angled brush, that is even better. Brushes will be generally used for the corners and rollers on flat surfaces. Cups, buckets, trays and painters tape should also be of reasonable quality.
After choosing your color, paint and other materials, taking down your cabinet doors should be your next step. Skipping this step can be very tempting, it’s much easier to leave the doors intact and avoid all the hassles involved in taking them down, however, you much remove the doors.
Painting on a flat surface is much easier as chances of painting running are minimized. Additionally, you also avoid the struggle of painting around hinges and hardware. Thankfully, most modern cabinet doors are quite easy to remove, a simple screwdriver should do the job.
Your kitchen cabinets are covered with grease, dust, fingerprints, traces of smoke and much more. The least you can do is wipe them clean. But it should not stop there. In addition to cleaning, your cabinets need thorough sanding, whether they were previously varnished or painted.
This step creates a uniform and smooth surface which allows the paint to properly stick. Skipping the sanding process or sanding partially might result in some parts being smooth while others rough. You can use medium-grit sandpaper to do this, especially for grooves and corners. If you have lots of cabinets to paint, using an electric sander might help you save some time (and energy).
You might be easily tempted to skip priming your kitchen cabinets. In fact, it might seem unnecessary, especially if your cabinets are relatively new or if you’re not making a drastic color change. However, skipping this process might leave you with tough surfaces that paint cannot easily adhere to. As a bonus tip –tint your primer with a bit of the paint that you will be used to reduce the overall number of coats you will need –and save some money and time in the process.
We understand watching the paint dry isn’t one of the favorite parts of this project, but someone has to. During painting, you need to allow sufficient time for the between the coats for the primer and paint to dry before moving to the next. Additionally, when the paint job is done, allow the cabinet doors to completely dry and cure before putting them back up. This prevents creating a mess and ruining your paint job.
Painting your kitchen cabinets yourself can be a rewarding task with a great outcome, but be sure to avoid these common mistakes. If you need help or would prefer a professional to get the job done for you, we will be more than happy to help.