Spend a lazy afternoon browsing Houzz or Pinterest and you will see lovely pictures of elegant, updated kitchens. Look at them long enough and you might come down with a serious case of kitchen-remodeling fever. Combine that fever with a DIY spirit and you are ready to take on major projects such as replacing an out of date backsplash or painting your kitchen cabinets. But before you pick up a paint brush, just know that painting cabinets is a serious undertaking. What looks like a no-brainer project actually has a number of pitfalls waiting to trip you up.
Clean Your Wood Cabinets Thoroughly
If you’re determined to go it alone, the first step of proper paint prep is to begin with a clean surface. You might think your cabinets are pristine, but the reality is that grease and dirt collect on every kitchen surface. Use a degreaser specially formulated for paint prep to clean every paintable surface to ensure the paint will stick.
Remove the Doors and Hardware
Painting cabinets isn’t a quick Saturday afternoon project; to do it right, you must invest a good deal of your time. You’ll need to remove all doors and hardware from the cabinets rather than attempt to paint over or around them. Be sure to label everything so that you can reassemble the puzzle when the job is complete.
Sand, Sand, Sand
Perhaps the most tedious, yet critical step in painting your cabinets, is sanding the surfaces. If you skip this step, the paint will not stick to the wood. There’s no need to sand them down to the bare wood, you just need to sand the wood surfaces to the point that they are matte rather than glossy. Be sure to thoroughly clean every surface once sanding is complete to avoid an unsightly gritty paint finish.
Prime, then Paint
If you go right into the paint, you’re going to end up with a less than desirable result. Applying a coat of primer first will ensure that your paint job will look good for years to come. Primer prevents knots in the wood grain from bleeding through as the paint cures. When you’re ready to paint, choose a quality paint in a color you will love for years to come. Painting cabinets is a labor and time intensive project, and certainly not one you want to tackle again next season. Purchasing more expensive paint in a timeless shade will ensure that your efforts are not wasted. Keep in mind that painted surfaces need time to dry thoroughly before they can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. A single smudge will have you back at square one, so you better to let those doors and drawers rest for a few days before reassembling.
Call in the Professionals
Painted cabinets are more than trendy. They are a fantastic way to update the look and feel of your kitchen without investing a ton of money in a pricey remodel. But as you can see, it’s not an easy job. Save yourself the trouble and hassle of tackling this project on your own and hire The Painting Company of Atlanta to repaint your cabinets. We’ll ensure that every step is done to perfection. Contact us today for an estimate on updating your kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint.