6 Mistakes You Might Make While Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets

Painted kitchen cabinets might seem super simple, but in reality, it is a project that has several potential pitfalls. Here are some of the biggest mistakes you might do while doing so and how to avoid them easily. This way, you can take care of this job with confidence.

Unrealistic Expectations

Unrealistic Expectations

Painted cabinets seem beautiful, but they are not going to look completely smooth. If a cabinet has a visible open grain, the grooves will inevitably show through the paint. If it were not obvious that the wood was stained, it would definitely be more evident as soon as the paint dries. It is possible to fill the grain with putty, but it can be time-consuming and challenging to get right.

Not Enough Time

Painting kitchen cabinets is not something that is to be taken lightly. People often consider it to be a weekend job, but it takes four to seven days at the least when building in the proper prep time and snack breaks.
Negligence Of Cleaning The Wood Before Painting

Even if you think that the kitchen is entirely spick and span to your eye, wipe everything down with a grease remover. If not, while adding a water-based paint to an oil-covered door, the paint will not stick. Use a paint-prep degreaser known as TSP, as well as a non-scratch delicate scrub sponge for removing stuck-on spots.

Not Removing The Doors And Drawers

Take apart everything: the doors, the drawers and the hardware hinges and knobs. Some try to save time by painting over everything, including the hinges and knobs. However, this is not a long-term fix. The cabinets and hardware will begin to chip off and show signs of wear and tear under a month, if not immediately. Once the paint on the hinges begins to crack, you can only sand everything down and immerse the hardware in paint remover to remove the paint, so save the aggravation and do a bit of extra work.

Forgetting To Label Where The Doors, Drawers And Hardware Need To Be Kept

The doors and drawers, and the hardware in them, need to go back to the same place, so consider using numbered labels in order to help remember where everything goes. Simply place a piece of masking tape behind each piece, write the exact location of the piece on it so that there need not be any guesswork and stash the screws and hinges in a jar for safekeeping.

Skipping The Sanding Process

Skipping The Sanding Process

Even if the cabinets are in good condition, it is necessary to sand them so that the paint will stick. Try to use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum and give the surfaces a quick buffing.