Giving your kitchen a makeover often starts with the kitchen
cabinets. Some homeowners choose to replace the cabinets altogether, but
others enjoy the project of painting and refinishing the old cabinets.
As exciting as it is to paint your kitchen cabinets, the whole process
can bring up quite a few questions once you get started. After all,
there is a lot more to painting kitchen cabinets than choosing the right
color! Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions when it
comes to painting kitchen cabinets along with detailed answers so that
you can start your home renovation project with a plan in mind and the
confidence to get started right away.
Should I Paint the Cabinets Myself or Should I Hire a Pro?
The answer to this question really depends on how big of a
project you are willing to take on, how handy you are and how many
cabinets you need to paint, as well as the physical condition of your
cabinets before you get started. If painting is something you have done
before and had good success with, then it makes sense that you would
feel comfortable painting your cabinets on your own. However, if this is
your first-time painting anything in your home, then you need to be
aware of the fact that the job will require more tools, time and effort
than you would originally expect. Also, people who are seeking a
professional looking finished product are best to leave the work to the
professionals, since kitchen cabinets are actually quite tricky to paint
and can look very shabby when the work is completed by an amateur. For
an enjoyable painting experience, leave it to the professionals!
Do I Need to Have the Doors Removed?
There is no easy way to answer this question. A homeowner
will tend to paint over the hinges, where a professional will remove all
hardware; hinges, pulls and knobs and reinstall after the cabinet
boxes, doors and drawers are painted. This not only helps the cabinets
to function better but it looks better. If you want the best looking
job, the doors have to come off. If there are already a few coats of
paint on the cabinets, it can be really difficult to get the screws out
and back in without causing damage to the door or the cabinet itself. A
bit of gentle sandpaper can help you reach the screws more easily.
However, be aware that paint won’t hide any deep scratches or
imperfections in the surface of your cabinets. To fix this,
professionals would use fillers and primers to create the perfect
surface for a new coat of paint. Not only does this make the final job
look amazing, but it also helps the paint stick to your cabinets so that
the final paint job can withstand the harsh environment of a hot
Do I Need to Worry About Dampness?
If your cabinets are made of wood, then excess humidity is a
concern if you are trying to paint during a rainy season. It is best to
have your wood cabinets painted when it is hot outside and the humidity
is low. This way, moisture is less likely to get trapped underneath the
paint and you won’t have to worry about nasty bubbles forming under
your paint that will definitely destroy your nice paintjob. However, if
you are hiring a professional, they will be able to take every
precaution to make sure that dampness isn’t a problem during the
painting process and you will be able to enjoy your new cabinets for
years to come!
Do I Have to Make Sure the Cabinets are Clean?
Kitchens are hot, greasy and generally messy parts of any
house due to all the cooking that goes on each and every day. Even if
your cabinets look clean, painting right on top of old paint that hasn’t
been washed is a recipe for disaster. Oils and greases will prevent
your paints from bonding to the cabinet properly. When this happens, the
paint is nearly guaranteed to flake, peel or crack in a short period of
time. Professionals will clean with degreasers, sand then prime to
prepare a cabinet before they start painting, but people who decide to
do the job themselves often struggle with preparing the surface properly
and end up wasting their time and supplies.
Overall, painting kitchen cabinets is no small undertaking,
but it has a great number of rewards. Your kitchen can look fresh and
modern and also becomes easier to keep clean. Hiring a professional can
solve nearly any problem if painting the cabinets yourself seems like
too big of a job or if the overall process simply has too many
unanswered questions. Taking off the doors, preparing the surface and
deciding on what materials to use are only the first steps, but it is
always worth it in the end.
We offer free kitchen cabinet painting estimates! To get your free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.963.7937.