Posted at 02:31h in Cabinet Painting by Mike Jones
Do you hate your kitchen cabinets? If you live in a 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, or early 00’ home, chances are, you do. Most of these kitchens during this time period were stained with a golden oak stain which has ran its course of popularity and left most kitchens dated and drab. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into your cabinets and bring your kitchen into the 21st century. Replacing the cabinets is usually not feasible for most homeowners. After all, cheap bargain cabinets, can cost up to $5000 not including the labor to remove and install. Painting your kitchen cabinets offers a practical way to update the biggest visual aspect of your kitchen. Outlined here, is the most professional method we use at Elite Painting KC for giving your kitchen cabinets a new, factory finish.
Performing the correct prep work prior to priming and paint is crucial to any paint project. Remove all cabinet doors and drawers. Remove all handles, knobs, and hinges. Pay careful attention to masking off all drawer tracks and rollers. Degloss and sand all cabinet doors, cabinet boxes, and drawers. Caulk all cracks/seams both on the cabinet doors and inside/outside the cabinet boxes. There may also be impressions in both the drawer faces and cabinet doors from the previous handles. If you’re updating your handles, it is absolutely necessary to use wood filler and sand those impressions smooth so they are not visible after paint.
Priming is another crucial step when transitioning your cabinets from a stained look to a paint finish. Elite Painting KC uses oil based primer and we spray it on every surface. We never brush and roll. Oil based primer adheres best and gives the most long-lasting results. It also covers flaws and blocks the kitchen cabinets previous stain from coming through. Finally, it provides the foundation for the paint to adhere. Once everything is primed and allowed to dry, we sand one final time.
With this final step in the process, once again, we never brush and roll. We only spray our cabinets. Spraying gives your cabinets the factory finish our customers want. You can’t achieve a factory finish brushing and rolling the paint. When we spray, we only use oil based enamel.
Advantages of oil based enamel over latex:
- Dries harder which makes it more durable
- Levels out to a smoother finish
- Easier to wash and keep clean
- Less shrinkage
- Doesn’t swell the wood
- Hides better
For the most professional, clean look, the above steps can dramatically change the appearance and feel of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing. Although it can be a DIY project, it’s best left to a professional to achieve the desired results most people are after.