How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets And Mistakes To Avoid

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This Is The Basic Process Professional Painters In And Around Yavapai County, Arizona Should Follow When They Paint Kitchen Cabinets

There are many small differences in processes like these. Contractors will swear their way is better than any other, but they still need to have these steps in their process.

In this post, you can find out how professionals paint cabinets and what mistakes they avoid making that DIYers often make.

How to paint kitchen cabinets like this man did

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

1. Look for and repair any damages

You don’t want your cabinets to look bad after painting them, right?

Nicks and other damages can hurt the look of your cabinets and shorten the paint’s lifespan. It’s best to repair any damages you find before painting.

2. Remove the hinges and handles

You don’t want to get paint on the cabinet hinges or handles.

Firstly, it looks bad because hinges shouldn’t have paint on them. It looks sloppy, and the paint will crack and peel quickly since people touch handles a lot and hinges move. This means it’ll look even worse, and the paint will start flaking off everywhere.

It’s easiest to use a cordless drill or screwdriver. Start with the door, then the hinges, then the handles. You can use a pen to put matching numbers in the hinge hole and the inside of the cabinet. 

3. Label the matching parts

When you paint kitchen cabinets, you need to remember you have to put them back together.

This is a hassle unless you prepare for it. Labeling the matching doors, drawers, hinges, and handles makes this part much easier. It’s like putting together a puzzle, but you have instructions for each piece.

4. Put down cloths or tarps

Most people agree that cleaning up is the worst part of almost any project.

You can make it easier by putting down drop cloths or tarps. They’ll help catch any dust, dirt, or paint drops throughout the project. Then you can just wrap them up and get rid of the dust or dirt, easy as that.

5. Scuff sand all surfaces

Scuff sanding is great for helping the new paint stick better.

You want to scuff sand because it’ll help your new paint last longer. Sanding gives the surface of your cabinets some texture for the paint to grip. It’s like how bald tires don’t have a good grip on the road but new tires have that texture that helps them grip the road.

Medium-fine grit sandpaper is an excellent choice for this part (you can use a sandpaper grit comparison chart to get more detail).

6. Wash the cabinets with a solvent

Before you paint kitchen cabinets, you need to clean them first.

Cleaning them removes any dust, oils, and other contaminants. If you don’t clean them first, they will get between the paint and the cabinet. Then your cabinet paint will crack and peel faster. You’ll be repainting them more often.

Denatured alcohol and Crud Kutter make a great cleaning combination.

7. Mask off all areas not to be painted

You can use blue painter’s tape to seal off any areas you don’t want to get paint on.

After you paint kitchen cabinets, you’ll want to wait for a while before removing the tape. Take it off using smooth, steady movements.

8. Prime your cabinets

You can use a primer to help the paint bond more strongly and last longer.

Engineers formulate bonding primers to do two things incredibly well: stick and have something stick to it. The primer will stick to the cabinets, and the paint will stick to the primer. Binding primers cost more than regular ones, but that’s because they work better.

9. Paint using the color of your choice

You’ll probably need two coats for it to look good and have enough coverage.

Read the can to find out drying times for each coat of paint. Follow the same painting process for the cabinet doors and drawers. Watch out for stipple (small dots and flecks). It’ll create a texture on the cabinets if it dries like this.

You can avoid this by using sprayers in an indoor setting. Then there’s no wind, rain, or other things to get paint on accidentally.

*Paint can dry in as little as an hour, but if you want the best for your kitchen cabinets, you’ll let them cure for two weeks

How To Apply Primer And Paint Kitchen Cabinets

First, you roll on the primer with a mini roller and a brush. Don’t push in too heavily, or you’ll start seeing roller and brush marks. If this happens and the primer is still wet, lightly go over it with the roller or brush to remove the excess primer.

Once the primer dries, you can inspect it to see if it needs light sanding. If so, sand and clean afterward to remove any dust.

What Mistakes To Avoid As You Paint Kitchen Cabinets

  • Underestimating how much time a project like this takes
  • Not using painter’s tape to seal off areas you don’t want any paint to get on
  • Using the wrong tools
  • You don’t clean before you prime
  • Not removing the doors and drawers
  • You don’t label the parts
  • Skipping the priming stage before painting
  • Putting the cabinets back together too quickly

It’s Not As Easy As It Seems

When you paint kitchen cabinets, you need to focus on the details and follow each step exactly. Getting the look you want is challenging without the right tools and knowledge.

If you don’t want to deal with this hassle, you can contact us or check out our cabinet refinishing page.

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