Painting cabinets is a trend that makes sense for a lot of homeowners. Wooden cabinets may look great when they are first installed but there comes a time to revive those dreary looking cabinets with a fresh coat of paint! It’s a great way to refresh a kitchen’s appearance without the major cost of replacing them. In fact, painting kitchen cabinets alone can increase the average home’s value significantly.
Choosing a Painted Cabinet Look
Of course, cabinets can be painted any color and there are a lot of creative options to personalize a kitchen space. When a homeowner goes to sell their home though, the kitchen’s appearance can often make or break the deal for buyers. Consider what will make the space connect with the design of the home and also what mood will be created with the paint color. White is a very popular color choice for kitchen cabinets. White cabinets are a great way to give an open, airy feel to the kitchen and make spaces feel larger. Black is another common color that can give a modern design but that darker color can make a room feel smaller, so take that into consideration. If you’re looking to repaint your kitchen cabinets but aren’t sure what would look great, consult some design resources and speak with an expert painting contractor for advice. Ultimately, a painted cabinet look comes down to personal preference but there are options that will have more longevity, so do your research before choosing.
Cabinet Painting Prep Work
There is a fair amount of preparation that goes into painting cabinets before a drop of paint ever enters the scenario. One major thing a homeowner can do to prepare for having their kitchen cabinets painted is to declutter. Get your stuff out of the way! Removing items from the cabinets and countertops will make the job easier for everyone involved. Painting contractors will have coverings and carefully tape so that everything is protected during the process. They are experienced at applying paint only to where it should go.
When it comes to prepping the cabinets themselves, what needs to be done depends on the materials they are made of, and their condition. Of course, the cabinet hardware will be removed and the doors will be labeled. but it’s uncommon to have clean, bare wood cabinets to work with. It is very common, however, for cabinet manufacturers to apply a factory finish on them. Even in the cleanest of kitchens, the cabinets will naturally have a layer of dust on them. Therefore, most times, sanding and cleaning are required to get the cabinet surface ready to paint. Also keep in mind that if the cabinets are made from a material other than wood, the prep work may vary. For cabinets have been painted previously, there may be even more scraping and sanding to get a fresh, clean surface. This prep work is very important because it gives a clean slate to work with so that the paint can adhere smoothly to the cabinet surface.
Painting Materials for Kitchen Cabinets
Every cabinet painting project is unique and the materials will vary. Cabinets get a lot of use and need a paint that is durable enough to hold up over time. Because in kitchens there is food and grease that can splatter. homeowners need to be able to wipe them off without damaging the painted cabinet surface. Therefore, the paint on kitchen cabinets needs the longevity to withstand use. Often times an acrylic latex-based paint is used on kitchen cabinets. It is also recommended that a satin or semi-gloss paint finish is used for cabinets. Other considerations include using a premium primer which to help get a smooth finish and so that the paint adheres well. And note that more than one coat may be needed to get that perfect painted cabinet look.
Cabinet Painting Contractors
Overall, to get the best result, hire a professional cabinet painting contractor. Cabinet painting is no small job. There are many DIY and ‘how-to’ resources for cabinet painting out there. While these recommendations can be helpful, without experience and knowledge of what process and materials to use to get the look you’re after, it could become tough to complete the cabinet painting project. The truth is that most homeowners are not equipped to tackle cabinet painting projects themselves. It is also not a task that inexperienced painters can complete with quality and precision.
In the long run, homeowners who hire professional painting contractors will save time, save money, avoid complications, and get a long-lasting quality cabinet paint job.