5 Mistakes You'll Make Trying To Paint Your Own Cabinets

5 Mistakes You'll Make Trying To Paint Your Own Cabinets

From time to time, homeowners are ready to give their kitchen a bit of a facelift. One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a kitchen is by painting the cabinets. This is a home improvement task that is deceptive and looks far easier to accomplish than it is. The following mistakes are among the most common errors that people make when attempting to paint their kitchen cabinets. In many cases, they end up calling in the pros, even after spending a great deal of time and effort trying to finish the remodel job themselves.

1. Failing to Properly Clean the Wood First

Unless the cabinet surface is clean, the paint will not properly adhere. Because the kitchen is used to prepare food, even the cleanest homeowners will have a slight accumulation of grease or other substances on the surface of their cabinets. That slight film is enough to prevent the paint from sticking. The best way to ensure a clean surface is to use a degreasing solvent such as TSP.

2. Not Removing Doors and Drawers

It may seem tempting to leave cabinet doors and drawers in place while you paint, but doing so will almost always lead to chips, smudges and drips. Take the time to remove all hardware, doors and drawers and marking the hardware as you go along so that it is easy to reinstall once the paint has dried.

It may seem tempting to leave cabinet doors and drawers in place while you paint, but doing so will almost always lead to chips, smudges and drips.

3. Not Creating a Dust-Free Zone

During the painting process, even the smallest amount of dust will ruin the painted surface. It is well worth the time and effort to create a dust-free zone where the cabinets will be painted. Tape plastic sheeting over interior doorways and try to prevent entry and exit into the room through any external doors.

4. Buying the Wrong Paint

The kitchen sees a lot of traffic and is exposed to a significant amount of wear and tear. It is critical to select a paint that is formulated to handle these demands. Paint that is intended for use on walls and ceilings will not stand the test of time when used on cabinets. It is essential to choose a paint that is created for use on cabinets.

5. Choosing the Wrong Color

This is an area where Pinterest and home improvement magazines can do more harm than good. Many homeowners see photographs of a color scheme that they love, and are disappointed when they are unable to replicate the same recoloring at home. Keep in mind that the way a color looks in a photograph is the result of professional lighting. That same exact shade will look different in your kitchen, based on the available lighting and the color of the surrounding elements in the room.

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The best way to achieve the cabinets of your dreams is by working with a professional who can assist you in reaching your goals. The design team at Kitchen Tune-Up can help you refine your concept, select the best possible colors and finishes and complete the project in just a few days. Cabinet refacing is a great alternative to trying to repaint kitchen cabinets and provides a great new look at far less cost than other available options.