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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips - Largo, FL

Dec 11

Refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update your entire kitchen for far less than full remodeling. It’s best to hire a cabinet painting company to do this project for you, as there are many steps involved in the process that require a tremendous level of skill and experience.

Assess The Cabinet Condition

The first step is to evaluate the cupboards and decide if they are in good enough condition to paint or stain. Minor repairs, such as patching a few old hardware holes or replacing the pulls and handles, shouldn’t stand in the way of a refinishing job. But if the cabinetry wood is rotted or cracked, then repairing would not be possible. 

Remove Hardware & Doors

Unattach all hardware, drawers, doors, pulls and handles from the cabinets, making sure to label every door so you know where they go when you are ready to re-attach. Also, if you are keeping the previous hinges and hardware, keep them organized with the doors that they belong to.

Remove Dirt & Grime

All kitchen cabinets will have a good deal of grease buildup over time. All dust, dirt and grease needs to be thoroughly removed from the cabinets before painting. Start with an effective degreaser or vinegar to clean. Once fully dry, a sander oscillating tool or drill can be used to lightly sand off the varnish or upper layers that may have any remaining grime.

This process should be applied to both the cabinet boxes as well as to the doors and drawers you removed to work on separately.

Remove The Peeling Paint

Before staining or painting the wood, remove the loose paint from any surfaces. After removing the peeling paint, use a little elbow grease and sandpaper to sand down remaining chips. Be sure to execute this step for both the boxes and the doors and drawers.

Use the Right Brushes

For painting cabinets, commercial spray painting equipment is better than rollers and small brushes. These tools can be quite expensive to buy, which is another reason to hire out for a project like this.

Cover Appliances & Surfaces

It’s important to protect all the surfaces surrounding the cabinets before starting the project to ensure they do not get ruined with splashing paint. Remove all knicknacks, small appliances, kitchen tools, towels and any exposed items - store safely. Cover all appliances, flooring, tile and countertops. Make sure all important surfaces and items are fully covered.

Start with Primer

Like any painting project, the cabinets should be properly primed using primer paint that is ideal for cabinetry. Get full coverage with one or two coats and let it fully dry before applying the regular paint color. Once dry, lightly sand the cabinets again to make it easier for the final paint to adhere to the surface. Clean the surfaces and crevices thoroughly with a lint-free, dry cloth to remove all dust from sanding.

All doors, drawers and boxes should be properly primed.

Paint

Now it’s time to paint the cabinets, drawers and doors. Using professional spraying tools, patiently and evenly apply the paint in light strokes. Be sure not to over spray or you’ll end up with drips and runs that create unattractive lines and bumps in the cabinet surfaces. It’s better to apply very thin coats multiple times than to apply one thick coat that could run.

In between each light coat, wait for the layer to dry fully and then lightly sand down the surfaces again. Clean off all dust and debris from the sanding before painting the next coat.

Seal the Cabinets

The final step is to seal all the parts, including the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers. Some people prefer to use wax sealers, but these tend to wear off too quickly for high use cabinets. In this case, a poly sealer might be a better choice. Just be careful to avoid bubbles. 

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