The Top Three Things To Consider
When Getting Your Kitchen Cabinets Painted
Are you thinking about getting your kitchen cabinets painted? At first glance, it might appear to be the one of the more simpler projects you can do to update an older kitchen. However, appearances can be deceiving. What might look to be a simple task can turn into a multitude of issues that are unknown until the project has begun. If you’re considering getting your kitchen cabinets repainted, be sure to read through this article to understand just what’s really involved, and why you might want to hire a professional for this type of work. You may be surprised to find out just what is actually involved in doing this type of work right, how much effort is required, how long it will take, and all of the tools needed to get the job done right.
First things first. In order to get the paint to adhere correctly to your kitchen cabinets, they need to be clean. Although it may not look like it at first, remember that over the years, it’s likely that grease, smoke, and other residues have built up over time onto the surface of the cabinets. These items must be cleaned off and/or removed from the cabinet surfaces. There are any number of products made to properly clean the cabinet – from do it yourself to retail products. Murphys Oil Soap is available at your local big box home improvement center. If you’d like to save money with this process, you can also make your own solution by combining water and vinegar. Another solution that is commonly used is a mild combination of water and trisodium phosphate, also known as TSP. Sometimes, a little bleach is added to the water and TSP mix if there is mildew on the cabinet surfaces. If you’re using a TSP and bleach mix, always test in small, inconspicuous area before going over the whole surface. Depending on the wood, it’s possible the bleach might stain the cabinet surface.
The second step in the process is to remove the kitchen doors. You might think that you can simply paint your kitchen cabinets without doing this step but consider the following. If you leave the cabinet doors on, it’s going to be difficult if not impossible for paint to be applied to where the hinge side of the door is. It’s too easy to end up with unpainted areas when attempting this method. Another thing to consider is that you’ll likely end up getting paint on the hinges themselves, even if you’ve carefully covered them with painter’s tape. And once you’ve gotten paint into the hinges, it’s going to very difficult to get that paint removed. If you decided to leave the paint on the hinges, you’ll find that it’s more difficult than normal for the doors to open and close. When Surface Makers does a kitchen cabinet painting project, we always remove the cabinet doors, drawers, hardware and hinges – this produces the best, most beautiful result possible. Another step that must be completed in order to do the job right is labeling each cabinet door and drawer. Although they may all look the same, there are slight variations in each cabinet. If you have an older home, it’s just natural that over time, some cabinets have been opened more than others, or if the door has shelf in it, it will have sagged a little bit over time. For all of these reasons, it’s very important to label each kitchen cabinet when they are removed, so that they can be put back into their original location.
Another area of concern is dust. Kitchen cabinets, like any surface that is to be painted, need to be properly sanded before new paint is applied. The reason for sanding is so that the surface can be roughed up, allowing the paint to adhere to the surface. As you might imagine, sanding can and will produce a lot of dust – which tends to go everywhere and get into everything. For the do it yourselfer, most people attempt to reduce dust by using a vacuum to suck up the dust as they are sanding. This is a good thing to do but will not take care of all of the dust. Be sure to go over the surface after sanding with a tack cloth, making sure that the surface is roughed up, dust free, and ready for primer and paint to be applied.
If you’re thinking about getting your kitchen cabinets painted, give Surface Makers a call to speak with a professional. We’ll be happy to come to your home, educate you on the options available for your particular needs, and provide a written estimate.