May 24

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips


Painting your cabinets can be an affordable way to improve the aesthetics of your kitchen. A new color can brighten, modernize, or give it a fresh new feel. However, if you do not take the time to paint your cabinets right, you could end up with a disaster! There are tips to paint your cabinets correctly. Doubting your skills? Contact a residential painter to help!

Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Protect Your Countertops

The first step to painting your cabinets is to protect your countertops. Cover them with rosin or builder’s paper. If you cover your countertops, you won’t have to deal with cleaning up dried paint after the project is finished.

Remove the doors

Now that your countertops are covered, remove the cabinet doors. If you have another space on your countertops, you can paint the doors there. Remove all of the hinges and hardware from the cabinets.

Remove the Grease

Make sure all of the grease is removed from your cabinets before painting. Dishwashing liquid is a grease cutting liquid that you probably already have at home. Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned before painting. Scrub the cabinets with the cleaning solution.

Sand the Cabinets

Sanding is a critical step to painting your countertops. However, you don’t want to over sand! Make sure you do not sand to bare wood.

Choose a fast-drying primer

To speed up the process, use a fast-drying primer. Make sure the primer is combatable with the paint before applying.
Choose a paint that is formulated for painting cabinets. An eggshell or satin sheen is often complimentary.

Fill Open Grains

Some woods have open grains. If your cabinets have open grains along the pores, you may want to fill them for a smooth finish.

Sand Lightly Between Coats

Dust can settle in paint and primer between coats. Get the smoothest results by sanding lightly between coats.

Use a Mini Roller

Using a roller decreased the likelihood of streaks in the paint. Foam sleeves will leave the finest finish.

Follow the Wood Grain

Following the wood grain will create a more natural result. The final brush strokes should be top to bottom.

Spot Prime with Shellac

Pigmented shellac in a spray can is a way to spot prime areas you missed and give the finishing touch to your project.

Painting your cabinets can be an affordable project to improve your home. It takes time and precision to get paint your cabinets well. Mark Powers Painting can provide cabinet painting services in Beaverton, Tigard, and Portland, Oregon. Contact us today to work with professional residential painters.


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