Painting cabinets can be a daunting task that seems like there is no end. If you have the knowledge on the simple mistakes that DIYer’s make when painting their cabinets, you are ahead of the game.
I know you want your cabinets to look like you hired a painter. With these simple tricks it will save you time and your sanity.
Tip #1 Don’t paint your cabinet Doors while they are on your cabinets.
Many DIYer’s take the easy route and just paint their cabinet doors while they are still attached to the cabinet. You will have to do a lot more taping off hinges and trying to maneuver around your hinges when painting your cabinets. As I always tell my mentoring clients. Time is Money. Taking the cabinet Doors off the hinges will save you loads of time. Why because you can get a smooth finish on the base of your cabinets. And it is so much easier to work with the cabinet doors lying flat rather than hanging. And the biggest plus is you are not having to worry about getting paint on those pesky hinges.
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Tip #2 Label your doors when you take them off the hinges.
As much as you think you will remember where every cabinet door goes back. I am here to tell you even as a professional cabinet painter You Won’t. It will be like a big Jigsaw puzzle that you are trying to put back together and trying to figure out where all the pieces fit. Taking the few extra seconds to mark your door and cabinet with a coordinating number will leave you a lot happier when you go to put the doors back on after they are beautifully finished.
Tip #3 Label all your hinges
I know you are saying but Tess really? Yes, I am telling you that if you label each hinge with the same coordinating number as the cabinets and whether they are a top or bottom hinge for that number you thank me later. Nothing is worse than doors that have a gap, doors that don’t close, or doors that end up not lining up after you have reinstalled the doors. By taking those pesky hinges and marking them with a piece of tape you are ensuring that same hinge will go back where it belongs. Where is used to being. Where it has formed a bond with the cabinet base.
Trick #4 Properly prepping your cabinets
Your prep is key to the final finish adhering properly. We cook in our kitchen and even though you may be the cleanest person on the planet and your cabinets seem like there is nothing on them. Inevitably there is some type of grease or grime that is built up on those cabinets. A good wash down with a product called Krud Kutter will save the day. You won’t believe how nasty your rag will be while you after you have scrubbed them. This allows the paint to adhere to the cabinets properly. Preventing scratching, peeling, blotchy finishes. It takes a lot of time to paint your cabinets and who wants to redo them for a simple mistake of not prepping them. I know there is the hype of no prep because of the Chalk Paint craze on kitchen cabinets. Do not fall privy to this as you will regret it in the end.
Trick #5 Painting Your Cabinets with the wrong paint
Time and time again I have gone into my client’s home for a consultation. They say I want to hire you to paint my cabinets because I tried to paint them a year ago and they look horrible. I will ask what they used, and it is usually one of 2 things. Chalk paint or cheap paint from the local hardware store that is made for walls. Listen chalk paint is not for made for cabinets. The lower the sheen on your cabinets the more it attracts stains and grease. I wouldn’t want to spill some spaghetti sauce on a kitchen cabinet that was chalk painted you will never get that stain out no matter how much you clean. And if you are like me with kids that always make a mess then you want the proper paint on your cabinets. Wall paint is also not made for cabinets because it can not withstand the amount of cleaning that a kitchen has to endure.
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Trick #6 Not sealing your cabinets
The difference between a regular painter that will go into your home and paint your cabinets is they either do not properly paint your cabinets, or they don’t seal your cabinets. It may appear that you are getting the better bargain and deal because their quote is a lot cheaper than someone who specializes in painting kitchen cabinets. But in the long run you will have a longer lasting finish and quality from either doing it properly yourself with these tips or hiring someone who specializes in painting cabinets.
Let me tell you a little story about one of my clients. She hired us to go in and paint her kitchen cabinets and stain her island. About 8 months after we finished her cabinets We had the horrible flooding here in Louisiana. She got a total of 16 inches of water in her home. Guess what, here kitchen cabinets on the inside were wet but the finish on her cabinets looked the same as it did when we refinished them. The only thing she had to do was pull them out, dry them out and attach new baseboards. Had we used just a standard paint with no sealer she would have had to hire us back again to redo her entire kitchen or get whole new cabinets. The acrylic resin-based sealer that we use saved her thousands of dollars. It is water barrier, uv protectant and a rock-solid finish protecting any surface that it is on.
So, it is a no-brainer that you would want to seal in your finish. I know you are also saying but Tess the paint guy at the store say Benjamin Moore Advance is a cabinet paint and doesn’t need a sealer. Yes, they say it can stand on its own but would you rather a finish that will last a couple years, or would you like to not have to redo your cabinets for many years to come. I choose not having to redo them for years any day.
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Hi I am Tess, Owner of Renewed Treasures Studios, a Decorative Painting Company In Louisiana, And Creative Business Coach. I am beyond excited to be your biggest cheerleader & help you achieve your goals & finally realize your dream as a Creative Entrepreneur!
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