Things to Consider when Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

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For any home remodeling or even home refinishing project, the kitchen cabinets will ultimately come up. Instead of just completely replacing them, though, perhaps a fresh coat of paint is in order. However, there are some things to consider when painting your kitchen cabinets. With the help of Blue Dog Pro Painters, your painting experts in Dallas, Texas, we can take a look today!

Things to Consider when Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Wood is the Best

Unfinished, painted, and stained wood all work well, as does MDF, compressed/faux wood. Any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper so that paint adheres is viable. That’s why laminates aren’t a good choice–you can paint them, but it won’t be long-lasting. Note that stained wood and glossy finishes have to first be de-glossed.

Label Each Cabinet Panel

When taking cabinet doors off of their hinges and drawers out of their slots, you’ll need to come up with a system to remember where everything goes. Draw a small diagram and label each piece accordingly so you can easily put them back in the correct places once they’re dry.

And, you’ll need tape: carefully cover hinges, hardware, and edges with painter’s tape, and countertops with rosin paper or brown builder’s paper. As with any paint job, the more thorough the prep, the better the result.

Prep Prep Prep

Speaking of your prep…

Begin by emptying the cabinets completely and then clean thoroughly, making sure all grease and dirt are gone. Remove knobs and handles and check hinges. Remove drawers and label so you know where each belongs. (Cabinets, too, can be entirely removed and spray-painted in a commercial setup, but that’s a bigger job and hard to pull off on your own.)

Carefully tape off paint-free parts, such as hinges, countertops, and appliances. Use a wood filler to repair holes and imperfections—We like Elmer’s fillers. Finally, sand cabinets: A rotary sander works well on flat areas. Hand sand the hard parts and don’t overlook the cabinet door edges. If your cabinets are stained, use a 220 sandpaper. If they’re painted and there’s a rough stipple that looks like orange peel, use a 120-grade sandpaper before going to a finer one. And if there’s so much paint that the surface looks like crocodile skin, consider stripping—Rock Miracle is great.

Semigloss, Gloss, or Satin

Matte paint on kitchen cabinets is impractical; we wouldn’t even use eggshell finish. You want a surface that’s durable and wipe able, so you won’t be painting again for at least a few years.

About Blue Dog Pro Painters

Blue Dog Painting, LLC, DBA Blue Dog Pro Painters is a family-owned and operated business serving residential and commercial customers in the Fort Worth and Dallas metropolitan areas. Our services include interior and exterior painting, deck and fence refinishing, and specialty floor epoxy coating. We are not a franchise. We are a family. And we hope to serve you and your family’s home and commercial painting needs!


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