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7 Tips for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets


As you get ready to transform your kitchen, giving it a new look and new life, there’s some things you want to consider before you get started painting your kitchen cabinets. While it’s easier than replacing all of your kitchen cabinets, painting your cabinets still takes a lot of work.

So here’s a list of tips to consider before you get started painting your kitchen cabinets.

1.) Good Surface Preparation is Essential

Prepping the surface of your cabinets is just as important as the actual painting step. It helps ensure a smooth paint job that’ll last for years to come and withstand the wear of constant use.

Surface preparation will include wiping aloof the cabinets down, sanding them to get a rough surface for the paint to adhere to and repairing any pre-existing damages like cracks.

2.) Make Sure to Label the Doors and Drawers as You Remove Them

To start off your paint job, you’ll need to remove all of the doors and drawers on your cabinets. As you do this, make sure you find a way to mark which door goes where or you may have a hard time getting them back into place when it’s time.

We recommend labeling them right under the hinge marks on both sides – so you won’t be able to see them – and covering them in masking tape. It’ll make putting your painted kitchen cabinets back into place easier.

3.) Don’t Underestimate the Value of Primer

Like painting a wall, you’ll want to use primer when you start kitchen cabinet painting. Priming your cabinets will help you get the look you want the first time, plus it’ll help get the color you want. Even consider going for a tinted primer if you’re going from a darker color to a lighter one.

Note: After you prime the cabinets, you’ll want to do another, less intensive sanding on everything.

4.) High Quality Paint and Supplies are a Must

To get lasting results that stay looking good, you’ll want to use high quality paint and supplies. With paint and painting supplies, you get what you pay for. High quality supplies will help apply the paint smoother and leave it looking better. It’s one reason why our team at Paint of WNY always uses the best quality supplies.

5.) Only Put the Cabinets Back When You’re Sure They’re Completely Dry

Give your freshly painted cabinets plenty of time to dry before putting them back in place. You don’t want to put them back up too early. Allow plenty of time to dry before hanging them back into place or you can damage the paint job. We recommend leaving them overnight – at least – before putting your cabinets back in place.

6.) Protect Your Counters Before You Get Started

Tape down rosin paper or some kind of drop cloth on your counters before you start painting. Avoid getting any paint or primer on your counters from the beginning. It may seem a bit time consuming but it’ll be worth it when you don’t have any horrible messes to clean up or lasting reminders on your countertops.

7.) A Painting Service Might be Worth It

Kitchen cabinet painting can totally transform your entire kitchen, but to create that transformation, it can be a lot of work and take more than a weekend to complete. To save time and to ensure high quality, lasting results, a team of qualified and experienced painters may be the way to go. At Paint of WNY, it’s something our team of professionals are trained on.

Contact Paint of WNY for Your Kitchen Painting Project

Our team of kitchen cabinet painters can help you transform your kitchen. Contact us for more information and a free quote. Whether you’re in Tonawanda, Buffalo or anywhere else in Western New York, we’ll be happy to help you. From surface prep to our high quality supplies, you’ll be sure to have the kitchen you wanted.

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