Painting Cabinets and Doors

When remodeling kitchens, the cost of installing new cabinets can often sink the entire project before it’s even started. To save money – and time – many homeowners often try to paint their own cabinets and doors. While it is possible to get a great finish on cabinets and doors you’ve painted yourself, more often than not homeowners are left with drips on the doors, paint that flakes and chips, or a finish that doesn’t match their DIY dreams.

Whether you choose to try to paint your cabinets yourself or want to hire a professional to take care of the work for you, the following tips can help you when painting cabinets and doors in your home.

Picking the color and finish

While choosing paint or cabinet color is a personal choice, I recommend homeowners keep current trends in mind. While you want something you like in your home, picking a taste-specific color can lead to extensive repainting if you decide to sell your home in the future; while you might love the idea of turquoise cabinets or a high-gloss finish, those color choices aren’t for everyone.

Light cabinets in shades of whites and greys are currently the most popular trend in kitchen interiors. Contrasting paints, such as painting upper and lower cabinets different colors, is another popular trend.

When it comes to finishes, satin is the most commonly used paint finish for cabinets and doors as it shows less dirt. Matte (less shiny) and semi-gloss (shinier) are also popular choices. High gloss paint is not a great choice for cabinets and doors as it will show every brush stroke, a speck of dirt, smudge, or fingerprint on the finish.

Spray versus brush

I prefer using a sprayer when painting cabinets. Not only does this create a uniform, even finish, but it also allows us to use higher quality lacquer paint. In addition to drying faster, lacquer paint will stand up better, in the long run, to wear and tear, chemicals, and cleaning products.

The brush method isn’t bad but is not as long-lasting as sprayed lacquer paints. When using brushes or rollers, use a water or oil-based paint as well as quality brushes; quality brushes can mean the difference between a streaky and a smooth finish.

Prep, sand, and prime

Painting cabinets and doors require more time for prep work than most painting projects. Begin by prepping the cabinets; remove all hardware, drawers, and doors, labeling each piece so you know how they go back together. Take the time to use a grease remover before sanding for best results.

Sanding cabinets is a necessary step to help the paint penetrate and adhere to the wood. Using an orbital sander can help cut down on sanding time. When finished, use a shop vac and damp cloths to remove any remaining dust before applying a primer.

Contact us for help!

While it can change the look of the entire room, painting cabinets or doors is also a lot of work. For more information about how we can help you make your dream kitchen a reality, contact us at Graystone Painting & Refinishing today!