“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
Shortly after we moved into our condo, over 2 1/2 years ago, we had our kitchen cabinets painted. I had painted our kitchen cabinets in our cottage about 13 years ago, but with me being that much older now, we decided to hire someone to do it this time. Whether you paint them yourself or you hire someone to paint them, there’s a few things you might want to consider.
- Don’t rush into this project with the intention of having everything done and ready for your party that’s the following week. It will take more than a weekend to complete this job!
- If you have very grainy wood, like oak (which is what our cabinets are), expect your finished cabinets not to be extremely smooth. If you want to prevent this, all the grains of wood would have to be filled with putty, which is very time consuming.
- Whether you do it or someone else does, all your cabinets and drawers need to be thoroughly cleaned to remove all the built-up dirt and grease. This doesn’t mean using a dust cloth, but rather a degreaser called TSP.
- In addition to the degreasing, everything needs to be sanded. Yes, that dreaded word that everyone would love to avoid! Use a 150-200 grit sandpaper and just a gentle rubdown to get rid of the shine.
- All the drawers and cabinet doors NEED to be removed. Don’t even think about painting them with everything left on. Somewhere along the top or bottom edge of your cabinets, mark the location of where they go, so you hang them back where they belong. Also, make sure to remove all the hardware.
- Thoroughly dust everything one last time, using a vacuum or a slightly damp cloth to make sure all the surface dirt and dust is gone.
- Prime all the surfaces you plan on painting. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SKIPPING THIS STEP. Use a good quality primer, one that will also cover any blemishes in your wood. We used Zinsser’s 123.
- Make sure you choose the color you really want. Play around with samples and when you have it narrowed down, consider buying a sample size and painting a poster board to make sure it’s what you want. Repainting your cabinets will be more time consuming than just repainting walls in your house.
- Buy the BEST paint you can afford. It will all pay off in the end. We had our cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo.
- After everything has been painted, don’t rush to hang the cabinets back up and to put the drawers back in. Everything needs time to cure, otherwise, paint can still get smudged.
After more than two years, our painted cabinets have held up great! Yes, it shows more dirt, but that can be a good thing…REALLY! Rather than having dirt build-up on stained wood or darker cabinets, as you see any smudges or dirt, clean it right away. It’s like having hardwood floors vs. carpeting. The dirt settles into the carpet where you don’t see it, until it’s really filthy; but with a hardwood floor, you see the dust and a swifter takes care of it asap.
We have had a couple of very tiny areas where I’ve had to touch it up with paint, but overall, I’m thrilled that we have had our cabinets painted white and I would do it again! It gives an updated look and really brightens up the area. The only thing we have left to do is to buy new appliances.
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