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Top 4 Kitchen Cabinet Painting Questions, Answered

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Example

Kitchen renovations in the United States can average around $50,000! If you are looking for a more affordable way to upgrade your kitchen, cabinet painting is a great alternative to replacement.



While you may think this is something you can tackle yourself, you might want to think again. We’ve compiled the top four questions people have about kitchen cabinet painting. Read on to find out what the common problems are and why you might want to leave this to the professionals.


1. What Type of Paint Should You Use? How Should You Apply It?

When it comes to choosing paint for kitchen cabinets, the choices can seem endless. When painting cabinets, you can’t choose any regular paint off the shelf. If you do, your paint job will look great, to begin with, but will quickly deteriorate.


Choosing the Best Paint for Cabinet Painting

There are specific types of paint that are best for kitchen cabinets. Cabinets go through a lot of wear and tear and need to have high-quality paint on them. Hiring a pro will reduce the stress that comes with choosing the correct paint.


The color choices for cabinet paint alone are staggering. Then, you have to think about sheen and types of paint (latex, oil, or water-based?) Making these choices alone can be overwhelming!



Professionals have the knowledge to help you make the best choice for your home. With their experience, they can help you choose the best color to go with your existing finishes. They can ease the headaches that come along with researching paint sheens and types of paint.



Don’t Forget the Primer!

You may think that primer is an unnecessary step when painting cabinets, but do not skip it! Correctly choosing primer can have a big impact on how the paint sticks to the cabinets. It also allows the paint color to show up as it should without using extra coats of paint.


Professional painters will know which primer is best for each type of cabinet and paint choice, leaving you with the best possible results.



Paint Application

Along with paint choice comes paint application. This is another part of the painting process that can be overwhelming. Should you brush, roll, or spray the paint on?


Professionals will be able to decide the best application method for your particular cabinets. They already have the tools needed no matter which method is chosen. This is a bonus for you so you don’t also have to research the best tools for the job!



2. What Is the Prep Work Involved?

The prep work for painting cabinets is extensive and time-consuming. Many steps are easily overlooked, or you may think some are unnecessary. Prepping the cabinets is one of the most important parts of cabinet painting.


Cabinets need to be sanded and primed. It is also important to fix any nicks or scratches in the doors or cabinet box.



Hiring a professional for this will save you time and will ensure the job is well done. Professionals know exactly how to handle cabinet prepping no matter what style your cabinets are. They will do the job fast and do it well.



Tools Needed for the Job

If you don’t already have a large collection of tools, painting cabinets on your own may not be the DIY project for you. There are many things you’ll need to complete painting cabinets and have great results. Tools such as electric sanders and screwdrivers are handy to have around. 


Putty knives and putty are necessary for filling nicks and holes in your cabinets. Paint sprayers are usually the best choice for applying paint. Hiring a professional can take away the need to buy all these (probably one-time use) tools.



3. How Long Will It Take?

If you think you want to paint your cabinets yourself, be sure to set aside a few weeks to get the job done. There is not only the time to prep and paint the cabinets, but the wait time for drying. You definitely do not want to rush the painting of your cabinets.


Professional cabinet painters can usually finish the painting in about four to five days. This depends on the size and condition of your cabinets. They follow a system that allows them to get the job done promptly.


4. What Common Mistakes Should Be Avoided?



Most people assume painting cabinets is as simple as painting your walls. This is not the case. There are many steps involved, and some can be easily overlooked.



Professional painters will know the best way to do this.



Another common mistake is that people don’t want to take the time to sand and clean the cabinets properly. Knowing how much and where to sand is important in getting the primer and paint to adhere. It is also crucial to remove all dust and debris from the cabinets.


Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet Painting Company

If kitchen cabinet painting sounds overwhelming, we are here for you! Our professionals can help you from start to finish with painting your cabinets. From choosing the right colors and paint to ensuring a flawless finish, our job is to give you the kitchen of your dreams!



When you are ready to upgrade your existing cabinets, request a quote! Our team will be happy to work with you and are sure to give you exactly what you’re looking for. 



We proudly serve the following cities and surrounding areas in Texas: Plano, McKinney, Murphy, Allen, Frisco, and Wylie.

Jeff Hahs
Jeff Hahs
With over 17 years of local painting and gutter experience in Collin County, Jeff enjoys offering his expert tips, tricks and news via the Texas Painting and Gutters blog. Stop by regularly for updates and thanks for reading!

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